Guide to the Northwestern University Law School Newsletter Records

Collection Title: Northwestern University Law School Newsletter Records
Dates: 1917-1919; 1942-1946
Identification: 17/16
Creator: Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). School of Law. Newsletter
Extent: 4 Boxes
Abstract: The Northwestern University Law School Newsletter was first published during the First World War and sent to students and alumni in the military. With the advent of the Second World War, the newsletter was resurrected and sent to hundreds of Northwestern Law School alumni and students serving in the military. In addition to the newsletters, the Northwestern University Law School Newsletter Records include correspondence between the editor of the newsletter and U.S. servicemen during the Second World War; lists of Northwestern Law students and alumni in the U.S. military; and newspaper clippings related to the aforementioned servicemen.
Acquisition Information: These records were transferred to the University Archives on February 26, 1997 as Accession 97-18.
Processing Information: Ned Howard, March 1997.
Separated Materials: Four archival boxes of duplicate and extraneous material were discarded. Copies of newspapers (including Stars and Stripes, Yank and others) were sent to the Library's Special Collections Department.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

The Northwestern University Law School Newsletter was first published during the First World War and sent to students and alumni in the military. The first six newsletters were called Soldiers' News Letter. Beginning with number seven, the title changed to Northwestern University Law School Newsletter. The newsletter ceased publication in 1919 after eighteen issues were published. Between the years 1917-1918, one hundred and seventy-nine Northwestern law students and alumni served in the military and nine lost their lives.

With the advent of the Second World War, the newsletter was resurrected and sent to hundreds of Northwestern Law School alumni and students serving in the military. Sarah B. Morgan, longtime secretary to Law School Dean John H. Wigmore, prepared and edited the newsletter. For law students and alumni in the military, the newsletter offered information concerning the activities of their fellow classmates in the service. Forty-three issues were published during the war. Of the hundreds of Northwestern University Law School students and alumni in military service during the Second World War, fourteen lost their lives.

For more information about the Northwestern University Law School, see Northwestern University School of Law - A Short History by James A. Rahl and Kurt Schwerin (Chicago: Northwestern University School of Law, 1960)

Scope and Content

The Northwestern University Law School Newsletter Records fill one box and span the years 1917-1919 and 1942-1946. Correspondence between the editor of the newsletter and U.S. servicemen during the Second World War is also included in the series. There are also lists of Northwestern Law students and alumni in the U.S. military.

Also included are letters sent to and from the Monastery Hill Bindery concerning the creation of an album dedicated to Northwestern Law School students and alumni who served in the Second World War. Correspondence with the Office of Censorship in Washington, D.C., is also included.

The lists of Northwestern Law School graduates and students in the service are from the Second World War only. The lists, compiled by the editor of the newsletter, span the years 1941-1946. Included with the lists are newspaper obituaries of servicemen killed and lists of the Northwestern Law School students returning from service in 1946.

Addition, Boxes 2-4

The addition consists of three archival boxes, containing correspondence between the editor of the Northwestern University Law School Newsletter and U.S. servicemen during the Second World War, spanning the years 1941-1946. Letters are arranged in chronological order. Correspondence with families of servicemen is also included.

Two additional folders are included: one of undated correspondence and one of newspaper clippings related to the aforementioned servicemen. These also span 1941-1946

Arrangement of Materials

The newsletters are arranged in chronological order of publication.

The correspondence with the editor, spanning the years 1941-1946, is arranged in chronological order by date.

The lists of Northwestern Law School graduates and students are arranged in chronological order.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). School of Law--Alumni and alumnae

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). School of Law--History

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). School of Law--Students

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). School of Law. Newsletter

Subjects

World War, 1914-1918--Education and the war

World War, 1939-1945--Education and the war


Container List / Contents

  • Addition
      Scope and Contents: The addition consists of three archival boxes, containing correspondence between the editor of the Northwestern University Law School Newsletter and U.S. servicemen during the Second World War, spanning the years 1941-1946. Letters are arranged in chronological order. Correspondence with families of servicemen is also included.Two additional folders are included: one of undated correspondence and one of newspaper clippings related to the aforementioned servicemen. These also span 1941-1946
    • Correspondence, 1941Box 2, Folder 1
    • Correspondence, 1942 (January-June)Box 2, Folder 2
    • Correspondence, 1942 (July-October)Box 2, Folder 3
    • Correspondence, 1942 (November-December)Box 2, Folder 4
    • Correspondence, 1943 (January-March)Box 2, Folder 5
    • Correspondence, 1943 (April-July)Box 2, Folder 6
    • Correspondence, 1943 (August-December)Box 3, Folder 1
    • Correspondence, 1944 (January-April)Box 3, Folder 2
    • Correspondence, 1944 (May-August)Box 3, Folder 3
    • Correspondence, 1944 (September-December)Box 3, Folder 4
    • Correspondence, 1945 (January-April)Box 3, Folder 5
    • Correspondence, 1945 (May-December)Box 4, Folder 1
    • Correspondence, 1946Box 4, Folder 2
    • Correspondence, UndatedBox 4, Folder 3
    • Newspaper Clippings, 1941-1946Box 4, Folder 4
  • Correspondence, 1941-1946Box 1, Folder 1
  • Northwestern University Law School Newsletter, World War I, 1917-1919Box 1, Folder 2
  • Northwestern University Law School Newsletter, World War II, 1942-1943Box 1, Folder 3
  • Northwestern University Law School Newsletter, World War II, 1943-1946Box 1, Folder 4
  • List of Law Students and Alumni in Service, 1941-1946Box 1, Folder 5