“We’ll See Them Through” Archives Exhibit Now on Display

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.adams@law.northwestern.edu


From left to right: George H. Pike, Director of the PLRC; Eric Parker, Associate Director for Collection and Bibliographic Services; Brittany Adams, Special Collections, Archival and Digitization Services Librarian; Jamie Sommer, Associate Director for Public Services



Posted in Archives, Uncategorized

Resource Spotlight: Wolters Kluwer Cheetah

Cheetah SnapshotCheetah is the new legal research platform from Wolters Kluwer and will eventually replace the CCH Intelliconnect platform.

Cheetah provides access to primary law including statutes, cases, administrative agency materials, and secondary source materials from the following practice areas: Antitrust, Banking & Consumer Finance, Government Contracts, Health Care, Intellectual Property, Products Liability & Insurance, Securities, and Corporate Law.

Cheetah also provides access the well-regarded editorial content and analysis from Wolters Kluwer including the following titles:

  • Fundamentals of Antitrust Law – Areeda and Hovenkamp
  • Securities Regulation – Loss, Seligman and Paredes
  • Federal Securities Law Reporter
  • Folk on the Delaware General Corporation Law
  • Delaware Law of Corporations & Business Organizations
  • Goldstein on Copyright
  • The New Wigmore: A Treatise on Evidence
  • Farnsworth on Contracts

For help getting started with Cheetah, Wolters Kluwer provides a number of short (1-2 minute) training videos to provide you with a Brief Overview and help with Content & Browsing.  Additionally, we recommend the downloadable quick guide on Searching Cheetah (pdf).Searching Cheetah Guide

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Extended Hours for Exams

The Pritzker Legal Research Center has extended its hours for NU Law’s Reading and Examination periods.

Through Wednesday, May 3, the library’s hours are:

Monday-Friday: 7:30AM-12:00AM

Saturday-Sunday: 9:00AM-12:00AM

See the library’s calendar here: http://www.law.northwestern.edu/library/aboutus/hours/

Good luck on exams!

Posted in Access

April 2017 New Library Resources

We have added over 280 new titles in the past month. Have a look at the list of latest additions at: https://www.law.northwestern.edu/library/secure/collections/newacquisitions/.

Posted in Library Resources

Pritzker Legal Research Center Student Library Assistant Positions Available

The Pritzker Legal Research Center is looking for reliable law students to work at its circulation desk this summer, Monday through Thursday evenings, and on evenings and weekends during the 2017-18 academic year.

Preferred qualifications: rising 2L status; experience working in academic libraries; ability and willingness to work during evening and weekend hours

For an application, please email Access Services Librarian Jennifer Lubejko at jennifer.lubejko@law.northwestern.edu. Thank you for your interest in working at the Pritzker Legal Research Center.

Posted in Access, Position Available

Student positions: Pritzker Library Fellows for Summer 2017

The Pritzker Legal Research Center is looking for 2 Pritzker Library Fellows for Summer 2017. Pritzker Library Fellows serve a 3-month appointment, with a $750/month stipend, working 10-15 hours per week on short-term faculty research projects. Preferred Qualifications: Rising 3L status, journal experience, RA experience, judicial externships, and/or Advanced Legal Research. If interested, please email copy of résumé and law school transcript to Tom Gaylord, Faculty Services & Scholarly Communications Librarian at tom.gaylord@law.northwestern.edu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.

Posted in Position Available

March 2017 New Library Resources

We have added over 170 new titles in the past month. Have a look at the list of latest additions at: https://www.law.northwestern.edu/library/secure/collections/newacquisitions/.

Posted in Library Resources

Spring Break 2017 Hours

The following hours will be in effect during Spring Break:

Friday, March 17: 7:30am-8pm

Saturday, March 18: 9am-5pm

Sunday, March 19: CLOSED

Monday, March 20-Saturday, March 25: 9am-5pm

Regular academic year hours will resume on Sunday, March 26.

Posted in Access

A Dred Scott Dissent


In honor of Black History Month, today’s Throwback Thursday (#tbt) features excerpts from our copy of The Case of Dred Scott in the United States Supreme Court. This book, which was published in 1860, gives background on this historic case, followed by the opinions of the United States Supreme Court Justices who presided over it.

The Dred Scott case, formally Dred Scott v. Sandford, was brought by Scott, a slave whose master had passed away, in an effort to win his freedom. His master’s widow had asserted ownership over Scott and his wife, even though they had previously lived in the free states of Illinois and Wisconsin, and even though Scott had offered to compensate her should she agree. Her refusal led to a decade-long legal battle throughout the Missouri court system, which alternatively denied, awarded, and then rescinded Scott’s freedom, before his case finally landed before the Supreme Court of the United States.

In its ruling, the Court denied Scott’s petition, stating that because of his African ancestry, he was ineligible for citizenship in the United States and, therefore, would remain the property of his American master. It was a controversial decision even in its own time; the sense of injustice felt in the North proved a strong motivation in the election of Abraham Lincoln as the nation’s sixteenth president, who famously abolished slavery.

In tribute to the progress which has since been made, and to that which has yet to be done, the following photos show the opinion of Justice John McLean, one of only two justices who dissented, who wrote:

In this case, a majority of the court have said that a slave may be taken by his master in a Territory of the United States, the same as a horse, or any other kind of property. It is true, this was said by the court, as also many other things, which are of no authority. I shall certainly not regard it as such. The question of jurisdiction, being before the court, was decided by them authoritatively, but nothing beyond that question. A slave is not a mere chattel. He bears the impress of his Maker, and is amenable to the laws of God and man; he is destined to an endless existence.

To see this volume, or our other rare book on the Dred Scott case, A Legal Review of the Case of Dred Scott (1857), please contact the Special Collections, Digitization, and Archival Services Library at Brittany.Adams@law.northwestern.edu. For more information on the Dred Scott case, see PBS’s Africans in America feature, or this video and article by the History Channel.

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February 2017 New Library Resources

We have added approximately 130 new titles in the past month. Have a look at the list of latest additions at: https://www.law.northwestern.edu/library/secure/collections/newacquisitions/.

Posted in Library Resources