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Mark Shaw papers

Identifier: MSA 187

Scope and Contents

The research notes, publications, photographs, recordings, and personal items detailing the life and work of Purdue alumnus and author Mark Shaw. The collection documents Shaw's research and writing, and includes the transcripts of the Jack Ruby trial, extensive research regarding twentieth century journalist and reportor Dorothy Kilgallen, research regarding Marilyn Monroe, and several books, news clippings, and other articles. The collection also contains many works by Shaw, including the published book and manuscript for his work "Collateral Damage," and several recordings.


  • 1953 - 2021


Access Information

The collection is currently being processed and requires review by an archivist prior to access.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright held by Purdue University, original creator, or third parties. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Mark Shaw is a 1968 graduate of Purdue University and 1972 graduate of the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis. He is a former criminal defense attorney and television personality as well as the published author of over 25 books. Among his many works, Shaw conducted extensive research about twentieth century journalist Dorothy Kilgallen and written books "The Reporter Who Knew Too Much," "Denial of Justice," and "Collateral Damage" about Kilgallen and her investigation into the John F. Kennedy assassination.


10.393 Cubic Feet (Nine cubic foot boxes, two full-width letter-size manuscript boxes, one half-width legal-size manuscript box, and one USB box)

10.344 Gigabytes : Five USB flash drives

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Technical Access Information

Recordings on physical media must be migrated to a digital format before use. Contact Purdue University Archives and Special Collections if interested in using this material.

Acquisition Information

Materials donated in installments by Mark Shaw in October 2020, December 2020, and May 2021.



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