Finding Aids


American Civil Liberties Union. Illinois Division. Records

Documents the activities of the Illinois Division of the American Civil Liberties Union from its founding through 2014. Includes case files, finances and fundraising information, individual and institutional correspondence, minutes, newsletters and publications, film, audio cassettes, and photographs.

Antonio de Raho, In rubricas soluto matrimonio. Manuscript (Ms 37)

Unpublished commentaries on the portions of Justinian's Digest dealing with divorce settlements and wills. Text in Latin. Codex Ms 37.

Bell, Laird. Papers

Laird Bell, attorney and member of the University of Chicago Board of Trustees. Bell practiced law in Chicago and was involved in a number of civic and corporate organizations. The collection contains documents from his service on the University of Chicago Board of Trustees as well as on several postwar economic projects of the U.S. government

Bigelow, Harry A. Papers

Harry A. Bigelow (JD’1899 Harvard Law) spent the bulk of his teaching career at the University of Chicago Law School. Joining the faculty just two years after the founding of the program and named Dean in 1929, Bigelow was instrumental in guiding the early development of the School. The Papers consist almost exclusively of correspondence.

Blum, Walter J. Papers

Walter J. Blum (1918-1994), A.B.’39, J.D.’41 University of Chicago, spent the bulk of his career at the University of Chicago Law School. He was appointed assistant professor in 1946. A well-respected and widely published expert in the fields of tax law, insurance, bankruptcy, and corporate reorganization, Blum often lent his expertise to both the United States government and private organizations. The Papers cover many different aspects of Blum’s professional career: scholarly writings and research, teaching materials, extensive correspondence, and materials related to his recurring role as a consultant to both public and private organizations.

Breckinridge, Sophonisba P. Papers

Sophonisba P. Breckinridge (1866-1948) was a social scientist and social work educator. The papers include manuscripts of her unfinished autobiography which describes residents at Hull House; correspondence; newspaper clippings; data from a study on Americanization (1918-1919); and sales and royalty records of her books. Correspondents include Jane Addams and Julia Lathrop.

Briggs, Lloyd Vernon. Sanity Hearings and Criminal Cases of Clarence V.T. Richeson, Leon F. Czolgosz, and Bertram C. Spencer

Scrapbooks of clippings, affidavits, photographs and handwritten correspondence, related to the trials of executed murderers Clarence Richeson and Leon Czolgosz (assassin of President William McKinley), and to the mental competence of convicted murderer Bertram C. Spencer, with Briggs acting as a key expert in criminal insanity for the defense.

Chicago Citizens Police Committee. Records

The Chicago Citizens' Police Committee, 1929-1931, was formed to investigate the Chicago Police Department. The results of the study were published in The Chicago Police Problems. The records include correspondence of Leonard D. White, second chairman and treasurer of the Committee; financial statements; and minutes of the committee.

Chicago Committee of Fifteen. Records

Also known as Manuscript Codex 1028, these twenty-six volumes were gathered for an investigation of Chicago crime, focusing on prostitution and the illegal sale of alcohol. Notes are from on-scene investigations, summaries of court records and newspaper clippings.

Coase, Ronald H. Papers

Ronald H. Coase (1910-2013) was an influential economist and one of the founders of the field of law and economics. He was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in 1991 in recognition of his work on transaction costs, firms, property rights, and institutional economics. Coase held positions at the London School of Economics, the University of Buffalo, and the University of Virginia before finishing his career at the University of Chicago Law School. His work covered a wide range of topics, including public utilities, the post office, broadcasting, lighthouses, and the economic development of China. This collection primarily documents Coase’s research, writing, and correspondence with colleagues. It includes drafts, typescripts, reprints, text of lectures, notes, reports, letters, and research files. Also included are photographs, clippings, personal ephemera, artifacts, and copies of academic journal articles. The collection ranges in date from 1805-2013, with the bulk of the material dating from 1950-2010.

Cohen, Morris Raphael. Papers

Morris Raphael Cohen (1880-1947), Philosopher. Papers highlight Cohen's influence as an early proponent of legal philosophy; his career as a teacher of philosophy, especially at the City College of New York; Jewish concerns and his affiliation with the Conference on Jewish Relations; writings on the philosophy of history, the philosophy of science, social philosophy, logic and ethics; and an extensive correspondence with family, friends, professional associates, and major contemporary philosophers.

Commission on Freedom of the Press. Records

The Commission on Freedom of the Press was appointed in 1944 to investigate the freedom, function, and responsibilities of the major agencies of mass communication operative at the time. The Records include copies of all Committee memoranda, reports, and minutes. These materials were distributed to its members during the tenure of the Commission as individually numbered "documents." After publication of the Commission's final report, Robert Redfield and Charles Merriam presented their copies of these unpublished papers to the University of Chicago Library.

Culbertson, William S., Papers

William S. Culbertson, lawyer, member of the United States Tariff Commission. The William S. Culbertson Papers includes notes and materials related to the 1923 Roundtable Conference at the University of Chicago.

Currie, Brainerd. Papers

Brainerd Currie (1912-1965), Law Professor. The Papers consist primarily of articles written by Currie between 1957 and 1960. Included are drafts, notes, proofs and offrints, and related correspondence. Also in the collection are drafts of humorous poems and lyrics, including "The Rose of Aberlone."

Darrow, Clarence. Papers

Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) Lawyer and social reformer. Contains correspondence, speeches and articles, copies of press releases relating to the Scopes trial, the manuscript of an unpublished story, and material written after Darrow's death, including letters to his widow, Ruby H. Darrow.

Debs, Eugene V., Walls and Bars. Manuscript

Eugene V. Debs, Leader of the Socialist Party of America. Manuscript and galley proofs of Walls and Bars which describes Debs's experience at the federal penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia. Also includes an address from 1899 and two magazine articles published in 1922.

Director, Aaron. Papers

Aaron Director was a professor in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago from 1946 to 1965. His papers include correspondence, notes, and drafts of essays, lectures, and policy statements spanning the years 1932 to 1994. Much of the correspondence focuses on American monetary policy and administrative matters regarding the Journal of Law and Economics. The series covering Director’s research and writing includes a broad range of notes, drafts, annotations, and academic materials. Additionally, the Aaron Director Papers include a series devoted to materials attributed to the economist and Nobel Laureate George J. Stigler. Director and Stigler frequently collaborated on works of economic theory, and Director preserved a significant collection of Stigler’s papers. These materials include notes, drafts, and publications produced over the length of Stigler’s tenure at the University of Chicago.

Dunham. Allison. Papers

Allison Dunham (J.D.’39 Columbia University) began teaching at the University of Chicago Law School in 1951 as Arnold I. Shure Professor of Urban Law. Best known for his work on probate and property law, Dunham was also an expert in the field of urban studies and was appointed Director of the Center for Urban Studies at the University of Chicago in 1971. The Dunham Papers consist largely of research materials related to Dunham’s work on the Land Planning and Development Code. Additionally, the collection includes a small general files series which houses some student papers and several folders of miscellaneous research materials.

Freund, Ernst. Papers

Ernst Freund, lawyer, writer, advisor. The collection is heavily weighted toward documentation for legal research, specifically those areas reflected in Freund's teaching and publications. There is a small collection of correspondence, which, while containing items illustrative of the variety of Freund's interests, lacks in-depth treatment of any individual concern. The section of University of Chicago material contains a fairly complete record of student grades and reports, but Freund's criticisms and comments on the development of the Law School curriculum are absent. The offprints, clippings and memorabilia section holds items of more general interest which are only occasionally linked to Freund's research and teaching.

Grauman, Lawrence S. Papers

Lawrence S. Grauman (1897-1969) spent his entire adult life as a judge and attorney in Louisville, Kentucky. He is perhaps best known for the special hearing he conducted with Muhammad Ali in 1966 at the request of the Department of Justice, where he recommended that Ali’s claim as a conscientious objector be upheld. The Lawrence S. Grauman Papers contain school records, clippings, correspondence, certificates, congratulatory letters, photographs, obituaries, and material related to the hearing with Ali. The papers range in date from 1902-1971, with the majority dating from the 1960s.

Hebrew Tracts on Domestic and Ceremonial Matters. Manuscript (Ms 74)

Sha'arim, a series of 40 provisions as to meats, with special reference to weights and measures. A tract on slaughtering. Also included, 45 rules governing conjugal relations. Text in Hebrew. Codex Ms 74.

Indentured Persons Collection

Contains several documents pertaining to indentured persons (1766-1785), primarily rosters or lists of people immigrating to the United States as "redemptioners" in 1785. The collection also includes a 1766 indenture of apprenticeship for a nine year old boy.

Justinian I, Novellae constitutiones. Manuscript

Revised ordinances. Includes annotations in the margins by Accursius. Text in Latin. Codex Ms 423.

Kurland, Philip B. Papers

Philip B. Kurland (JD’44 Harvard Law) spent the bulk of his teaching career at the University of Chicago Law School. A well respected and widely published expert in the field of constitutional law, Kurland often lent his expertise to the United States government. He acted as a consultant to the Senate Judiciary Committee during both the Watergate scandal and the controversial nomination of Robert H. Bork to the Supreme Court. The Philip B. Kurland Papers cover many different aspects of Kurland’s professional career: scholarly writings and research, teaching materials, extensive correspondence, and materials related to his recurring role as a constitutional consultant to the United States government. Additionally, Kurland kept extensive collections of press clippings - either pieces penned by himself or commentaries on cases and issues with which he was involved.

Land Indenture Document

This document is a land indenture between Samuel Woods and John Ham dated April 26, 1753 and executed in the county of Southampton, Great Britain.

Leopold, Nathan F. Collection

The Nathan F. Leopold Collection consists of materials gathered by John P. Long, a classmate of Leopold's at the University of Chicago. The collection includes correspondence, which traces Long's involvement with Leopold and his case. The relationship between the two was reestablished in 1952 as Long assisted in the efforts to parole Leopold from prison. After Leopold's death, Long was contacted by Ronald Martinetti, who in conjunction with Leopold's widow, was working on a biography of Leopold. Other materials in the collection include news clippings and books. One of the books is a group of poems written by Jack Franks and dedicated to his brother Bobby, the boy murdered by Leopold and Richard Loeb.

Levi, Edward H., Papers

Edward H. Levi, educator, administrator, lawyer and U.S. Attorney General. The Edward H. Levi Papers comprise 258 linear feet and include biographical material, correspondence, subject files, notes, manuscripts, publications, certificates and plaques, academic regalia, newspaper clippings, photographs and one audio reel. The papers document Levi's career as a professor and administrator at the University of Chicago, his service in the U.S. Department of Justice in the 1940s and as U.S. Attorney General, 1974-1977 and his involvement with many organizations, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Bar Association, the American Law Institute and the MacArthur Foundation.

Lincoln Collection. Lincoln Law Cases

The Lincoln Law Cases collection contains records of cases handled by Abraham Lincoln and his various legal partnerships from 1837 to 1859. Collection includes plaintiff complaints, summons, affidavits disclosing verdicts of juries. It forms part of the William E. Barton Collection of Lincolniana.

Lincoln Collection. William E. Barton Collection of Books from the Lincoln and Herndon Law Library

The Lincoln-Herndon Law Library contains a number of law books that were owned by William H. Herndon during his legal practice in Springfield, Illinois. Some of the books in the collection also date from the period when Herndon was a law partner of Abraham Lincoln. The collection consists of legal texts as well as some U.S. government publications.

Llewellyn, Karl N. Papers

Karl N. Llewellyn (1893-1962) was a scholar of jurisprudence and a major proponent of the school of legal realism. He practiced law and taught at Yale and Columbia before arriving at the University of Chicago Law School in 1951. He worked on American Indian law, and was one of the leading drafters of the Uniform Commercial Code. The collection includes material pertaining to Karl N. Llewellyn's research, writing, and teaching; material relevant to his professional activities; writings of others collected by Llewellyn; correspondence; personal ephemera; papers of family members; photographs, audio recordings and transcripts; and videos. Materials date between 1890 and 1983, with the bulk of the material dating between 1914 and 1962.

Mandel, Sidney W.. Collection of English Legal Documents

The Sidney W. Mandel Collection of English Legal Documents contains miscellaneous English legal documents collected by the Chicago attorney during his travels in England. Interested in the similarities between modern day American legal terminology and that of the English courts, Mandel assembled a variety of documents including mortgages, leases, wills, and marriage settlements. The collection spans the sixteenth through twentieth centuries, but the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are best represented, with a majority of the documents originating in London and in the counties surrounding and to the south of the capital. Most of the manuscripts are inscribed on parchment, with many bearing well-preserved seals.

Mentschikoff, Soia. Papers

This collection contains the papers of Soia Mentschikoff, law professor at the University of Chicago, Dean of the Law School at the University of Miami, and one of the chief drafters of the Uniform Commercial Code. The collection includes correspondence, articles, legal documents, teaching materials, and drafts and revisions of the Code. Material in the collection dates from 1913-1987, with the bulk dating from 1950-1984.

Neal, Phil C. Papers

Phil C. Neal (1919-2016) was a professor of law, dean of The University of Chicago Law School, and partner at Chicago law firm Neal Gerber Eisenberg. The papers document Neal's academic and legal careers, as well as his government service. Records date from 1912 to 2011, with the bulk dating between 1930 and 2007.

Norfolk County, Collection of English Deeds

Primarily property deeds. Also contains some wills and related documents.

O'Hara, James E. Papers

James E. O'Hara (1844-1905), Lawyer and Republican Congressman, 1883-1887. Contains letters from family and constituents, photographs, a biographical sketch (1970) written by O'Hara's granddaughter, Vera Jean O'Hara Rivers, and memorabilia.

Parker, Francis Warner. Papers

Francis Warner Parker, lawyer, senator. The Francis Warner Parker Papers consist of letters of introduction for Parker from Henry Pratt Judson, President of the University of Chicago; Louis L. Judson, Secretary of the State of Illinois; and Frank Lowden, Governor of Illinois. Papers also include an article written by Parker, "British Municipal Practice Versus American Municipal Theory," and Alma Chapman Parker: In Memoriam, a book written by Parker.

Puttkammer, Ernst W. Papers

Ernst Wilfred Puttkammer (1891-1978) Professor of Law. The collection includes Puttkammer's teaching aids, such as lecture notes and exams. The collection is divided into three series, they are: Series I : Lecture Notes, etc., University of Chicago Law School, pre-1916; Series II : Lecture Notes, etc., University of Chicago Law School, 1916; and Series III : Lecture Notes, etc., University of Chicago Law School, post-1916.

Rheinstein, Max. Papers

Max Rheinstein (1899-1977) Lawyer and Professor, University of Chicago. The Papers document Rheinstein's career as a lawyer and teacher with expertise in international and comparative law, family law, and the conflict of laws. Included are personal and professional correspondence, writings, drafts of books, lectures, reviews, articles, subject files, course materials, student papers, biographical and family material, and memorabilia. Also includes material relating to the Foreign Law Program at the University of Chicago. Correspondents include Tullio Ascarelli, Reimer von Borries, Mauro Cappelletti, Roscoe Pound, and Hessel Yntema..

Roger of Waltham, Compendium morale. Manuscript (Ms 103)

Unpublished treatise on rights and duties of princes. Includes an annotated transcript of the manuscript prepared by William Park Hotchkiss in 1931-1934. Text in Latin. Codex Ms 103.

Rosenthal, Samuel R. and Marie-Louise. Collection of Northern Italian Documents

The Samuel R. and Marie-Louise Rosenthal Collection of Northern Italian Documents is a group of 2,455 legal manuscripts, nearly all notorial, dating from the late-twelfth century to the eighteenth century.

Rubricae de accusationibus, etc. Manuscript (Ms 39)

Commentary on Book V of decretals of Pope Gregory IX, the subject of which is crimes committed by clerics. Text in Latin. Codex Ms 39.

Rubricae, libelli, etc. Manuscript (Ms 40)

Legal miscellany composed by law students and jurists in Naples, possibly following the tradition of the Bartolist school. Text in Latin. Codex Ms 40.

Ruml, Beardsley. Papers

Beardsley Ruml (1894-1960), probably best know for his "Pay - As - You - Go" income tax plan, also achieved distinction as an educator, trust administrator, business executive, and advisor to commerce, industry, education, and government, particularly in the field of financial and fiscal policy. In addition, he was a prolific writer and much in demand as a speaker, both on general subjects of social and economic interest and on his fields of specialization.

Schilling, George A., Papers

George A. Schilling, labor movement leader and Secretary of the Illinois State Board of Labor Commissioners. The papers include five bound letterbooks, which span the period 1887 to 1907, correspondence, notes for and drafts of speeches, articles and letters, pamphlets, and miscellaneous items including clippings. The twenty unbound letters cover the period from 1913 to 1936.

Schwimmer, Rosika. Papers

Rosika Schwimmer (b. September 11, 1877, d. August 3, 1948) was a Hungarian-born feminist and pacifist. She was an outspoken advocate for peace during the First World War. This collection contains materials from the 1929 case United States v. Schwimmer. Schwimmer’s application for U.S. citizenship was denied because she refused to swear to take up arms in defense of the country; she lost the ensuing appeal in a 6-3 vote. The Court’s dissenting opinion asserts the importance of protecting freedom of speech. Documents contained in the collection include Schwimmer’s correspondence with Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, newspaper clippings related to the case, and published case materials.

Sebastian of Naples, Declarationes supplectiones as remissiones. Manuscript (Ms 41)

Collection of historical documents. Text in Latin. Codex Ms 41.

Simons, Henry C. Papers

Henry Calvert Simons (1899-1946) Economist and Professor of Law and Economics at the University of Chicago. The Simons Papers include correspondence, manuscripts and biographical materials.

Sir Nicholas Bacon Collection of English Court and Manorial Documents

The Sir Nicholas Bacon Collection comprises a chronological series of English court and manorial documents spanning the period from 1200 to 1785. The core of the collection consists of the muniments of title, court rolls, account rolls, rentals, and other documents that came to Sir Nicholas Bacon (1510-1579), Lord Keeper of the Great Seal under Queen Elizabeth and father of Sir Francis Bacon, when he purchased monastic and other lands in the mid-sixteenth century.

Ubaldi, Baldo degli, Consilia de Iure. Manuscript (Ms 6)

Legal consultations. Consilia by Pietro degli Ubaldi, Angelo degli Ubaldi ... [et al.] interspersed throughout the manuscript. In Latin. Codex Ms 6.

University of Chicago. Law Review. Records

University of Chicago Law Review, journal. Established in 1933, the collection consists of materials related to the establishment of the Law Review.

University of Chicago. Law School. Arbitration Study. Records

This collection contains the records of a study of commercial arbitration practices in the U. S. undertaken in the 1950s by the University of Chicago Law School. Material includes correspondence, questionnaires, data analysis and computer printouts, and article and monograph manuscripts. Material dates from 1916 to 1966, with the bulk dating from 1950 to 1959.

University of Chicago. Law School. Jury Project. Records

The Jury Project of the University of Chicago Law School was begun in the early fifties as part of an effort by the Law School to integrate the techniques of the social sciences into legal research. The Records contain case summaries, juror interviews, completed questionnaires, trial transcripts, reports, working papers, student papers, and audiotapes.

University of Chicago. Phi Alpha Delta. Law Fraternity. Records

The Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. Records comprise pamphlets, manuals, records, typescripts, correspondence, awards, and record cards from the eight years spanning 1953 and 1961.

Wright, Quincy. Papers

Quincy Wright (1890-1970), was a writer and scholar known for his work on war, international relations, and international law. He joined the political science faculty at the University of Chicago in 1923, and was a professor of international law at the University from 1931 to 1956. Wright guest lectured at universities all over the world, and consulted for the government of the United States, including the U.S. Navy Department and the Department of State. He was also a technical advisor to the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg in 1945, and a consultant to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization in 1949. The papers document Wright's interests in war, international law, world organization, and international cooperation, as well as the numerous organizations with which he was associated. Records date from 1907 to 1972, with the bulk dating between 1915 and 1971.

Zeisel, Hans. Papers

Hans Zeisel (1905-1992) was a scholar of law and social science at the University of Chicago Law School. He was an expert on juries, capital punishment, and political and market survey techniques. He served on the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School from 1953 until 1974. There, as one of the leaders of the well-known Jury Project, Zeisel strove to apply social research methodology to the field of law. This collection includes a small amount of personal ephemera and teaching materials, but is primarily comprised of correspondence; materials from his work as a litigation consultant; research files concerning law, social science, and a variety of other topics; materials related to the Jury Project and other studies he undertook; his own writings and writings by others; and audio and visual recordings. Materials date between 1925 and 1992, with the bulk dating between 1950 and 1992. The papers document the wide variety of Zeisel's academic interests and his scholarly and professional efforts to improve the administration of justice.