Special Collections

Rare Books

Rare books are located on the sixth floor. The collection includes early editions of Anglo-American treatises, statutes, court reports, and some foreign materials. These books are included in the Library Catalog. Rare books must be paged by staff, and may be used only in the John P. Wilson Reading Room.

Chicago Collection

This archival collection contains one copy of each treatise written by a faculty member, and one complete set of all publications of the Law School.

Alumni Collection

Books from this special collection of books written by alumni of the Law School, may be paged by staff, and are available for 72-hour loan.

Sharp Collection

This is a small collection of ancient and modern classics in literature, recommended by Professor Malcolm F. Sharp, and purchased with funds donated by his students. These books are located in the regular stacks, and may be charged out for the regular loan period. A guide to the collection is available at the circulation desk.

Popular Reading Collections

The Law Library's "Display Collection" featuring new books from the recreational reading collection and a selection of books recommended by faculty members, is located in the southwest corner of the John P. Wilson Reading Room (across from the staircase). Additional popular fiction titles are shelved under the call numbers PQ, PR and PS on the fourth and sixth floors on the short center bookshelves.

Wellness Collection

The D'Angelo Law Library maintains a collection of resources to help promote positive mental and physical health for students during their law school journey. This collection is located in the vestibule outside of Room 211A.


A collection of movies and tv shows on DVD is available in the Reserve Reading Room.

Books about Chicago

A collection of books about the City of Chicago is located in the John P. Wilson Reading Room behind the main staircase.

Brainerd Currie Papers

This is a collection of the preliminary, revised, and final drafts of Mr. Currie's articles, most of which deal with conflict of laws. Two boxes of miscellaneous materials are also in the collection. The Brainerd Currie Papers have been moved from the D'Angelo Law Library to the Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center.

Karl Llewellyn Papers

In this collection are the working papers, correspondence, teaching materials, and published and unpublished manuscripts of Karl N. Llewellyn. The material covers the wide range of his interests, from the Uniform Commercial Code to the Sacco and Vanzetti case to American Indians. An excellent guide to the collection (PDF) by Raymond M. Ellinwood and William L. Twining is available in the Law Library (XXKF213.L54 guide 1970). A supplementary guide (PDF), compiled by Sheri H. Lewis, is also available in the Law Library (XXKF213.L54 guide 1994). The Karl Llewellyn Papers are located in the Special Collections Research Center, having been moved from the D'Angelo Law Library.

Walter D. Malcolm Papers

This collection contains the correspondence and working papers of Walter D. Malcolm, who is known for his work on Articles 2 and 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. Correspondence and general papers are arranged chronologically, and U.C.C. working papers are arranged by article number. Consult a reference librarian for access to these papers.

Henry C. Simons Papers

The correspondence, lectures and speeches, unpublished and published manuscripts, biographical documents, and university policy memoranda of this noted University of Chicago economist. There is an excellent printed guide to the collection by Clara Ann Bowler (KA675.B78, behind the Reference Desk). The Simons Papers are at the Special Collections Research Center.