On April 20, the PLRC hosted a reception for the opening of our spring exhibit: We’ll See Them Through: Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in the World War I Era. This year marks the centennial anniversary of the United States’ entrance into the war, and we’re now exhibiting items from the PLRC and NU Archives that depict the Law School community’s involvement.
From Dean John Henry Wigmore’s service in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps to the men and women of the Student Army Training Corps, Northwestern Law made a significant contribution. Some highlights from the collection include a photograph of the Selective Service drawing (i.e. WWI draft) taking place, an original score written by Dean Wigmore and set to music by John Philip Sousa (composer of the “The Stars and Stripe Forever”), and wartime newsletters authored by law school students at home.
We invite you to explore these and other artifacts now on display until June 20. After you enter the library, proceed to the 3rd floor where you will find our new exhibit space just outside of the Government Documents room. A digital edition of the exhibit—with additional materials included—is available online at https://sites.northwestern.edu/plrcwwi/
With the renewed interest in the Special Collections and Archives of the PLRC, we plan a regular series of exhibits and displays gathered from the unique treasures of the School of Law, which include our archives, unique documents, manuscripts and papers, art and artifacts, and the world class Rare Books Collection. Suggestions on future exhibits can be sent to Brittany Adams, Special Collections, Archives and Digitization Services Librarian and the curator of our Exhibits Program, at Brittany.firstname.lastname@example.org