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The 'Girardi Collection' of Original Courtroom Illustrations Finds a Home in the Library of Congress

"Courtroom illustrations provide visual documentation of important cases that have shaped interpretations of legislation or depict pivotal moments in criminal history. I am honored to have played a role in building this collection, which is the most comprehensive in any American public institution."

- Tom Girardi of Girardi | Keese


Rare is the chance to contribute to the works of art and history that hang on the walls of the Library of Congress in D.C., but thanks to the generosity and effort of our founder Tom Girardi, scores of original courtroom illustrations depicting famous scenes and moments in U.S. history will soon be on exhibit.

The Girardi Collection - formally known as the Thomas V. Girardi Collection of Courtroom Illustration Drawings - will be displayed in the Thomas Jefferson Building. According to the Library of Congress, the 96 illustrations in the Girardi Collection will combine with the Library's pre-existing illustrations to make the "most comprehensive" collection of its kind.

Illustrations of O.J. Simpson & Michael Jackson, Among Many Others

As an advising board member to the Library of Congress, Mr. Girardi helped to acquire the illustrations, which range in subject from the trial of James Earl Ray for Martin Luther King's murder in 1968, to the swearing-in ceremony of Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist in 1986.

Other illustrations include:

  • The Iran-Contra hearings in Washington, D.C.
  • The trial of Penn State Coach Jerry Sandusky
  • O. J. Simpson's civil and criminal trials (as well as O.J.'s celebrity criminal defense lawyer Johnnie Cochran)
  • Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh after the Oklahoma City bombing
  • Michael Jackson's not-guilty verdict

To read more about the Girardi Collection, read this New York Times blog post or this press release published by the Library of Congress.

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