Cholera in Haiti: The United Nations, public health, and the law

Cholera in Haiti

Cholera in Haiti

Since October 2010 when UN peacekeepers contaminated Haiti’s principal river with cholera-infected human waste, the disease has killed over 8,300 and sickened more than 650,000.”

On February 26, 2014, at noon, there will be a panel discussion at the Biological Sciences Learning Center on “Cholera in Haiti: Intersection of Public Health and Global Humanitarian Intervention.”  Then at 4:30, in Room III, of the Law School, a panel including Brian Citro of the International Human Rights Clinic, Brian Concannon of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), and Dr. Paul Pierre of Partners in Health (PIH), will discuss “Law in a Time of Cholera: The Failure of the United Nations in Haiti.” 

Background documents, including the IJDH claims against the UN (November 3, 2011 Petition for Relief filed with the Bureaux des Avocats Internationaux (BAI)) and October 9, 2013 lawsuit filed against the UN (Georges et al v. United Nations et al., Docket # 1:13-cv-07146-JPO, SDNY), are available at the “Cholera Litigation” section of the Institute’s website. Both panels are sponsored by the University of Chicago Human Rights Program’s Health and Human Rights Initiative, with the support of the Richard and Ann Pozen Fund.

The Library Catalog Beta is here

There’s a new entry on the Law Library webpage under Catalogs: Library Catalog Beta.

The platforms underlying the current Library Catalog and Lens are losing vendor support over the summer. In response, the Library has developed a new Library Catalog interface, launched in beta today. The new interface offers improved searching capabilities, developed in response to input from students and faculty over the past two years. For more information about the searching options available in the new Library Catalog, view this short video tutorial. Please try out the new Catalog and use the Leave Feedback link to tell us what you think. 

More information can be found on the Library News site.

Feature Story Beta test the new Library Catalog

The Library strongly encourages members of the University of Chicago community to participate in a beta test of the new Library Catalog at The end of vendor support for the current Library Catalog and Lens, both slated for this summer, requires the implementation of a new catalog.

New Catalog Beta homepage

The new Library Catalog homepage

The design goals for the new Library Catalog were drawn from an extensive series of interviews with UChicago faculty and students, conducted to ensure that the new tool will meet the needs of researchers. The new Catalog design retains all of the functionality that patrons identified as valuable in the existing systems and adds new features requested during interviews.

Notable features in the beta release

The new UChicago Library Catalog features a simple, clean visual design and a variety of search options:

  • searches can be limited by format, language, and other criteria;
  • “Begins With” browsing allows quick retrieval of known titles or authors;
  • materials can be viewed in call number order;
  • “power searching” options such as Boolean operators and nested search terms allow for precise recall of catalog records.

New features in this Catalog requested by users include display of the current availability of items on the search results page, as well as easier access to ebooks and ejournals.

Still in development

This beta version of the Catalog is not complete.  Features still under development include

  • My Account features, such as emailing, saving, and exporting records;
  • optimization of the Catalog for use on mobile devices;
  • inclusion of expanded Library content, such as the Library website, archival finding aids, and digital collections.

This functionality will be added over the coming months. The beta period will also give the Library the opportunity to identify and fix data and display problems before the Catalog goes into full production later this year.

Exporting user data

Unfortunately, lists created by users of the current Catalog and MyDiscoveries records saved by users of Lens cannot be migrated to the new Library Catalog.  The Library will soon post instructions on how users can export these records, and users will have at least until the end of June to do so.

Share your comments

To begin beta testing the new Catalog, simply go to and begin a search, or click the Help button on any Catalog page for more information.  Please share your comments with us on the feedback form, also available from the Catalog header. We are particularly interested in your feedback regarding visual design and layout, organization of results and records, ease and effectiveness of search construction, and the quality and ranking of results.

The new University of Chicago Library Catalog is a customized version of the VuFind software platform, an open-source search tool originally developed at Villanova University. Research libraries and collections currently using VuFind include the University of Michigan Library, the HathiTrust, and the National Libraries of Australia, Finland, and Ireland.

Lawyers (and law students) in love…in our DVD collection

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air, and in the D’Angelo Law Library DVD collection.  Below is a list of movies featuring lawyers, law school graduates, law students, judges falling in (and out) of love. Or there’s a love story. You can find these DVDs in our Reserve Room and check them out the circulation desk. See also the Law Library of Congress list of recommended movies on “Love and the Law“. And Regenstein’s Video/DVD collection.  They have the first season of Ally McBeal. Enjoy!

My Cousin Vinny

My Cousin Vinny


Legally Blonde

Legally Blonde


Legally Blonde 2

Legally Blonde 2


Adam's Rib

Adam’s Rib


Intolerable Cruelty

Intolerable Cruelty



Laws of Attraction

Laws of Attraction



Bringing Down the House

Bringing Down the House


Trial and Error

Trial and Error


Body Heat

Body Heat







A Fish Called Wanda

A Fish Called Wanda







I Love You, Alice B. Toklas

I Love You, Alice B. Toklas


A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities





The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer


The Advocate

The Advocate


The Groom Wore Spurs

The Groom Wore Spurs


I Am Sam

I Am Sam


Shall We Dance?

Shall We Dance?


The Bostonians

The Bostonians


El secreto de sus ojos = The Secret in Their Eyes

El secreto de sus ojos = The Secret in Their Eyes


Ally McBeal

Ally McBeal


Two Weeks Notice

Two Weeks Notice

Feature Story UChicago law faculty scholarship united online

Law librarians, communicators collaborate to build ‘Chicago Unbound’

A new online repository for scholarship by University of Chicago Law School faculty—Chicago Unbound—was officially launched in January.  Developed by D’Angelo Law Library and the Law School’s Communications Department, Chicago Unbound unites the rich record of scholarship produced at the Law School in one online platform, making it accessible to a world audience. 

Chicago Unbound homepageAt launch, Chicago Unbound contains publications of current Law School faculty, selected past Law School faculty, the Public Law and Legal Theory working papers series, the Coase-Sandor Working Papers Series in Law and Economics, Occasional Papers, and the Law School Fulton and Crosskey Lecture series.  Full-text is provided when possible. For books and book sections, a link to the University of Chicago Library Catalog provides access to the content.  Chicago Unbound now contains more than 5000 citations to published scholarship and 2700 full text PDFs.  As the database develops, publications of all previous Chicago Law School faculty, for the period they flourished here, will be added, as well as other Law School publications. 

Chicago Unbound offers several options for searching for content, including browsing by author and keyword searching across the entire repository.  Users can limit a keyword search by field (author, title or document type) and by date range.  Results can be sorted by relevance or by publication date.  For example, using the searching tool to select articles with “antitrust” in the title published after 2010 produces five results: three from The Coase-Sandor Working Paper Series in Law and Economics and two journal articles. All five have PDF files available for download.  

Chicago Unbound showcases the scholarship of the Law School faculty through use of bepress’s Digital Commons platform, widely used by law schools to enhance discovery and access to scholarship through standard online search tools. Digital Commons configures and optimizes its sites to enable “crawling” by web search engines.  Being a part of the Digital Commons Network of legal scholarship ensures that when searches are made for legal scholarship on a particular issue, Chicago Law faculty’s scholarship will be among the results. 

Chicago Unbound has already reached a substantial audience.  Since its inception, readers have downloaded more than 40,000 full-text articles, including more than 15,000 in December 2013, an impressive achievement for a product still in development.  Bepress provides usage information on a monthly basis, demonstrating to faculty the impact of the scholarship they produce. 

Chicago Unbound was conceived and undertaken in the beginning of 2013 under the leadership of Judith M. Wright, who directed the D’Angelo Law Library for 33 years prior to her retirement in June.  The Law School Communications Department, represented by Aaron Rester and Marsha Nagorsky, collaborated with D’Angelo Law Library staff on site design.  Led by Benjamin Murphy, Head of Access Services, Library staff created a database to undergird Chicago Unbound.  This underlying database, christened the “mothership,” holds all of the publication information, including PDF files of articles and papers. It can be used for multiple purposes, including population of faculty web pages, bibliography requests, and permanent archiving.  The mothership also gives the Library and Law School the flexibility to consider alternative platforms and other uses for the data in the future. 

Maintenance and improvement of the mothership and Chicago Unbound is a priority for the D’Angelo Law Library for the future.  Library staff are reviewing scholarship data of Law School historical faculty, and preparing to post Tables of Contents for the Journal of Law & Economics and the Journal of Legal Studies, both edited by Law faculty through the Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics. 

The collaborative nature of the Chicago Unbound project has been especially satisfying for D’Angelo Law Library staff.  Spearheaded by current Law Library Director Sheri Lewis, and coordinated by Margaret Schilt, Associate Law Librarian for User Services, Benjamin Murphy, Head of Access Services, Todd Ito, Coordinator of Instruction and Outreach, and Thomas Drueke, Public Services Assistant, all D’Angelo Law Library staff members have contributed to the success of Chicago Unbound.  Working closely with Law School staff to gather, promote, and facilitate discovery of the groundbreaking work done by Chicago law faculty creates closer ties within the Law School and fulfills the University of Chicago Library’s mission to build collections and create tools to support research, teaching and writing and to collaborate with other members of the University to enrich the research and learning community. 

We encourage all of the University community to visit Chicago Unbound at

Books featured in Crime in Law and Literature conference

conference posterOn February 7-8, 2014, the University of Chicago Law School is hosting a conference on Crime in Law and Literature featuring legal and literature scholars from the University of Chicago and across the country, as well as a plenary talk by Scott Turow. The full conference schedule is available on the Law School website. We’ve put together an online guide to the books that will be discussed at the conference, along with where you can find them here in the University of Chicago Library.

The conference itself is free and open to the public. No response is required, but seating is limited. See the Law School website for more information.

How to locate Chinese legislation in English translation

Chinese HorseHappy Chinese Lunar New Year of the Horse!  In celebration, here’s a quick guide to help with researching Chinese statutes and regulations in English translation. Major sources to check include Peking University’s LawInfoChina/ChinaLawInfo (北大法律信息网) database, Westlaw China, the National People’s Congress’ Database of Laws and Regulations, Laws of the People’s Republic of China (AsianLII), and  the Supreme People’s Court’s “Laws & Regulations” page. The NPC database contains laws in these categories: 


Translations of recent Chinese laws or proposed legislation will sometimes be posted on the CHINALAW email discussion group or on the China Law Prof blog.  Older laws in translation are sometimes separately-published, or selectively printed in journals such as China Law and Practice.  Search the Library Catalog, Lens, or WorldCat to locate them. If you are looking for Chinese laws on specialized topics such as intellectual property, trade, and investment, check the website of the related government agency or international organization. For additional information, check the Law Library of Congress’ China: Translation of National Legislation into English (March 2012, PDF). 

Print sources of English translations of Chinese legislation owned by Chicago-area libraries include:


Happy researching!  And, if you need additional assistance, Ask-A-Law-Librarian!

Indian law database Manupatra temporarily unavailable

UPDATE: Access to Manupatra has been restored. 2/4/2014

The Indian law database Manalertsymbolupatra is temporarily unavailable. We have reported this problem and hope to access restored soon.

In the meantime, any Library users with questions related to Indian legal research should use our Ask a Law Librarian service to learn about other relevant resources.

Upcoming legal research workshops

The D’Angelo Law Library is offering two upcoming legal research workshops:

Contract Drafting Resources, Friday, January 31, at 12:25 pm in Room B

Learn about the major resources for locating sample contracts and other resources for drafting contracts, including Practical Law Company, Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and WestlawNext. For LLM students and others interested in business and transactional law. Earn 10 Keystone points in the Legal Research category. 

Corporate and Securities Research, Tuesday, February 4, 9:15 am in Room B

Learn about the major resources for business and industry research, including, Bloomberg LawWestlawNext, Thomson One Banker, Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage, and other databases commonly used in transactional practice. For LLM students and others interested in business and transactional law. Earn 10 Keystone points in the Legal Research category.  

HeinOnline now includes case law powered by Fastcase

HeinOnline now includes federal and state case law powered by Fastcase. When viewing a document, such as a law review article, in HeinOnline, the references now link to the cases cited. When an article cites a case, the case citation will be highlighted in blue, with the link going to full text of the case in either HeinOnline or Fastcase. When you link to the case powered by Fastcase, you will stay inside HeinOnline. Thus, you will not need to adjust any authentications or proxy settings. Where HeinOnline provides the exact page replications of the original document, Fastcase provides a reformatted, plain text version.

Screenshot of Fastcase links in HeinOnline

The federal case coverage includes: Judicial opinions of the Supreme Court (1754–present), Federal Circuits (1924 present), Board of Tax Appeals (vols. 1–47), Tax Court Memorandum Decisions (vols. 1–59), U.S. Customs Court (vols. 1-70), Board of Immigration Appeals (1996–present), Federal District Courts (1924–present), Federal Bankruptcy Courts (1 B.R. 1–present). The state case law covers all fifty states, with nearly half of the states dating back to the 1800s. Coverage for the remaining states dates back to approximately 1950.


Screenshot of Fastcase tab in HeinOnline


Users will also see a Fastcase tab when they log in to HeinOnline, which can be used to retrieve an opinion using the Bluebook citation. In addition, HeinOnline also provides a Direct Citation option which will allow you to type in the volume, use a drop-down menu for the case abbreviation and enter the page number to find your citation. Both options will retrieve the full text of the case in Fastcase’s HTML format.

Try out the Oxford Handbook Series online

The Library currently has a trial to Oxford Handbooks Online, which lasts until February 15. According to the publisher, the Oxford Handbook Series “brings together the world’s leading scholars to write review essays that evaluate the current thinking on a field or topic, and make an original argument about the future direction of the debate.” Among the scholars who have published review essays are Law School faculty members Tom Ginsburg and Brian Leiter. This is the first time that the entire collection of work across fourteen subject areas is available online. Among those subject areas is Law, and the Handbooks cover 423 legal topics from Abortion and Reproductive Rights to the World Trade Organization. The Handbooks are especially useful for providing a comparative approach to various legal topics.

Access to the Oxford Handbook Series is available until February 15, 2014. If you try it out, let us know what you think.

MLK Day, Monday, Jan. 20: D’Angelo Law Library will be closed, other campus libraries remain open

On Monday, January 20, the D’Angelo Law Library will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Day holiday.

Crerar, Mansueto, and Regenstein libraries will be open during their regular building hours. The All-Night Study Space on the 1st Floor of Regenstein will also remain open.

Looking for an article from Clearinghouse Review?

If you are trying to read an article from Clearinghouse Review, you will now need to register for an account on their website. Later in 2014, they will be changing their website to allow patrons to access the journal using the Library’s proxy server. Until then, to register for an account as a University of Chicago user, you must register using a computer on campus. For a step-by-step demonstration of the registration process, Clearinghouse Review has produced this online tutorial.

Once you have registered, you will have “roaming” access to Clearinghouse Review from any computer at any location. To renew your subscription status, you must log in to the Clearinghouse Review website from on campus at least once every 60 days.

Clearinghouse Review remains available in both Lexis for Law Schools and LexisNexis Academic

Law School faculty recommended books on display


In what has become an annual tradition, the University of Chicago Law School has published a list of books recommended by our distinguished faculty. The list covers a wide range of genres and topics, from law to history, from non-fiction to fiction. The complete list of recommendations is available on the Law School website. All of these titles are available for check out from the D’Angelo Law Library and are currently on display as part of our popular reading collection, which is located near the entrance to the Wilson Reading Room just after you enter the library. Books from the list feature a bright green sticker indicating that they were recommended by the Law School faculty. Stop by and pick one up if you’re looking for something good to read over break!

Spanish language interface now available in HeinOnline

The database HeinOnline now includes a Spanish language interface. Users now have the option to change the language of the HeinOnline interface from English to Spanish. When you are logged in to HeinOnline, you will see “Language” as an option in the upper right-hand corner; use this link to switch the interface language to Spanish.

Once you set the language as Spanish, you will see all navigation tabs and options displayed in Spanish. Please note that documents themselves, which include a wide array of primary and secondary legal materials, will remain in English or their original language.


D’Angelo’s Louis-Jacques authors new book

International Legal Research book coverThe D’Angelo Law Library’s Foreign and International Law Librarian, Lyonette Louis-Jacques is the co-author of a new book, International Law Legal Research. Part of Carolina Academic Press’ International Legal Research Series, the book is “designed to be accessible for the beginner as well as useful for those with more experience.” With over 25 years experience as a law librarian, Ms. Louis-Jacques contributes her expertise to the extensive listings of bibliographic and other resources at the end of each chapter. The book already is receiving rave reviews in the academic community.  

Our IAReporter trial ends December 31st – try it out now

The D’Angelo Law Library’s trial of the Investment Arbitration Reporter (IAReporter) ends in a couple of weeks on December 31st.  Try it out now and let us know if you think it will be useful for your international commercial arbitration research.  We welcome your feedback!  

Recent IAReporter news headlines with overview and analysis by Luke Eric Peterson:


The IAReporter enables you to browse its content in the following categories/themes:

Institution (ICSID, UNCITRAL, SCC (Stockholm), ICC, NAFTA, CAFTA, etc.)

Country (India, Argentina, Venezuela, C.I.S. (Russia, Ukraine, etc.)

Topic (Payment of Awards, Annulment and Court Review, Damages Determinations, Arbitrator Challenges, Treaty Negotiations, Energy Disputes, Mining Disputes, Telecoms Disputes, Amicus Curiae Interventions, Environmental Disputes, Human Rights)

Happy Repeal Day!

Bock Beer

A Karl Llewellyn favorite beer

Rejoice, wine and beer lovers!  On this day, December 5, in 1933, Congress ended the nation’s dry spell.  Senate Joint Resolution 211 proposing a 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to repeal the 18th Amendment, was enacted, thus setting a nation of drinkers free from Prohibition.  And making the Law School Wine Mess possible!

Selected Resources on Beer and Wine Law

D’Angelo Law Library restricted during reading period and exams

Access to the D’Angelo Law Library for non-law students will be limited from December 7 – 17 during the law school reading and exam periods. During this period, the library will continue to be accessible to any member of the community who needs access to legal materials or who would like to work with one of our reference librarians. In addition, all non-law students who are taking Law School classes will have access to our library.

Consult the D’Angelo Law Library webpage on access for additional information.

Thanksgiving week hours

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the D’Angelo Law Library will close early at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, November 27, and will be closed on Thursday, November 28. The Library will be open from 10:00 am till 6:00 pm on Friday, November 29, and will resume normal hours on Saturday.

For a complete list of Library hours, see

Born in the Library: The Neubauer Collegium

The Neubauer Collegium kicks off its first programming year with Library collaboration

Postcard titled “Bombay Dancing Girl.”

Postcard titled “Bombay Dancing Girl.” Courtesy of the Digital South Asia Library,

The Neubauer Family Collegium for Culture and Society opens its doors this fall on the premises of its first home—the Joseph Regenstein Library. As scholars from around the world meet here to investigate complex questions that transcend any single discipline or methodology, they draw on the collections, spaces, and staff expertise of the University of Chicago Library.

“The Library has long been a mecca for scholars,” said Judith Nadler, Director and University Librarian. “We are delighted to continue this tradition by working closely with the Neubauer Collegium to enable the investigation of big questions in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.”

“Libraries have always been the great laboratories of the humanities, so it is particularly fitting that we should spend our infancy nourished by the generosity of the Regenstein,” said David Nirenberg, the Roman Family Director of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society. “And our relationship will always remain close, even after we move into our own building. After all, the Library’s treasures are one of the greatest attractions that bring scholars from all over the world—including our Neubauer Visiting Fellows—to Chicago.”

Three events exemplify the Neubauer Collegium’s collaboration with the Library.

Audio Cultures of India: Sound, Science, and History

Label from a recording of Bhairavi raga by the prominent vocalist Malka Jan of Chulbuli.

Label from a recording of Bhairavi raga by the prominent vocalist Malka Jan of Chulbuli. A 78 rpm shellac gramophone record, released by Ajano Double-Face Record. Produced in Vienna? by A. Janowitzer, 1913?

One of the first events on the Neubauer Collegium calendar, the “Audio Cultures of India” workshop brought project team members and other interested scholars together in Regenstein on September 16 and 17. A second workshop will follow in New Delhi, India, immediately after the opening of the University’s India center at the end of March 2014. The workshops are part of the larger Neubauer Collegium funded project, Audio Cultures of India: New Approaches to the Performance Archive.

Directed by Professors Philip V. Bohlman and Kaley Mason of the Department of Music and by Bibliographer for Southern Asia James Nye and Cataloger and Assistant Southern Asia Librarian Laura Ring of the Library, workshop participants from the University and other institutions are gathering to investigate how the methods of big science might elucidate and facilitate the humanistic understanding of music, speech, and other audio expressions. They are exploring the scientific analysis of sonic recordings, the history of sound in South Asia, and the intersection of audio with such related material artifacts as texts and images. The participants include computational scientists, statisticians, and physicists as well as South Asian specialists in ethnomusicology, linguistics, anthropology, literature, history, geography, and libraries.

Neubauer Collegium Launch Panel Discussion: William Kentridge and Jane Taylor

Following an opening lecture on October 3 in Mandel Hall delivered by internationally acclaimed South African artist William Kentridge, Regenstein’s Room 122 was the site for a panel discussion and reception featuring Kentridge; South African writer, curator and scholar Jane Taylor, a frequent visiting professor at the University of Chicago; and David Nirenberg, who moderated. Speaking on “The Virtues of Bastardy: Mixed Metaphors and Collaborations in the Studio,” Kentridge and Taylor discussed their experiences collaborating with artists ranging from puppeteers to writers to opera singers on projects such as Taylor’s play Ubu and the Truth Commission and Shostakovich’s opera The Nose.

A Worldwide Literature: Jāmī (1414-1492) in the Dar al-Islam and Beyond

This project is developing a research agenda on intellectual trends in the post- classical Muslim tradition by studying the reception of works by the luminary fifteenth-century ‘Abd al-Rahmān Jāmī . The Library’s Southern Asia Department is assisting Professor Thibaut d’Hubert in the preparation of a digital collection and searchable corpus of Unicode texts comprising Jāmī’s works and the Indian commentaries published by Naval Kishore in the nineteenth century. The project is benefiting from well-established bonds between the Library and colleagues in Lahore, Pakistan, who are undertaking digitization of the texts by Jāmī and with the ARTFL Project (Project for American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language) on campus for presentation of the texts in collaboration with the Digital South Asia Library.

On November 14 and 15, specialists working with languages ranging from Persian, Ottoman Turkish, and Arabic to Malay, Chaghatay, Chinese, Sanskrit and Bengali attended a conference at the University of Chicago Center and the College de France in Paris. They are studying comparatively, for the first time, the variegated impact of Jāmī’s works on the post-classical Islamic intellectual traditions, and particularly on the formation of new vernacular literary idioms.

Newly launched free web research resource – the Global Health and Human Rights Database

On October 24, 2013, the Global Health and Human Rights Database (hereinafter GHHRD) was officially launched at the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium .  The GHHRD is produced by the Lawyers Collective, “a leading public interest law NGO in India focusing on strategic litigation and advocacy in HIV/AIDS and women’s rights, with offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore”, and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law.  Brian Citro, International Human Rights Clinic Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, was a GHHRD project manager.  You can watch the informative webcast here and here.

Here is an excerpt from the press release:

“The [Global Health and Human Rights] Database is a fully searchable online database of more than 1000 judgments, constitutions and international instruments on the intersection between health and human rights.

The Database is the first attempt to comprehensively make available health and human rights law from both common and civil law jurisdictions, and features case law and other legal documents from more than 80 countries and in 25 languages. It also provides 500 plain-language summaries and 200 original translations of case law previously unavailable in English. The Database has been created in collaboration with more than 100 partners from civil society, academia, and legal practice worldwide.”


Join us for the D’Angelo Law Library Fall Fest, Oct. 22

D'Angelo Law Library Fall Fest

**All are welcome, but only Law School students are eligible to win prizes.

Traveling abroad? Need to learn a foreign language? Try Mango.

Mango Languages listThe Library now subscribes to Mango Languages Online . Try it out now to see if it’s useful for you!

If you are participating in the Law School’s International Immersion Program, doing an international human rights internship, or working in the IHR Clinic or the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, or writing a research paper on a foreign law topic, you might find the Mango language tool handy. 

Mango Languages list


The Great Chicago Fire

October 8 is the 142nd anniversary of the beginning of the great Chicago fire, which finally burned itself out on October 10, 1871, having killed 200-300 people and reduced 3.3 square miles of the city to rubble. The fire burned a 4-mile long strip approximately 3/4 of a mile wide, beginning near Roosevelt and Canal Streets and, fanned by strong south-southwest winds, all the way north to Fullerton Avenue. Contemporary maps of the burned district can be seen in the Images section of the Chicago History Museum’s Great Chicago Fire website: These buildings were among the few within the fire zone that survived:

  • St. Michael’s Church, Old Town
  • Chicago Water Tower and Chicago Avenue Pumping Station
  • St. Ignatius College (now St. Ignatius College Prep, on Roosevelt)
  • Holy Family Church

St. Michael’s Church and the Pumping Station were both gutted in the fire, but their exteriors survived, and the buildings were rebuilt using the surviving walls.  

The fire was an enormous calamity at the time, but the rebuilding laid the groundwork for modern Chicago. The return of the city to the world stage was celebrated in the Columbian Exposition in Hyde Park, 21 years later in October of 1893.

Several contemporaneous accounts of the fire exist. Search the Library Catalog using this subject heading: Chicago (Ill.) — Fire, 1871.