Special Collections Research Center

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The Special Collections Research Center is home to the University of Chicago Library's rare books, archives, and manuscript collections.  Special Collections is a vibrant, interactive place to conduct research, engage in classes using original sources, and view changing exhibitions.


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En Guerre catalog 

En Guerre:  French Illustrators and World War I

October 14, 2014 - January 2, 2015

En Guerre offers a fresh examination of World War I through the lens of French graphic illustration of the period. Illustrated books, journals, and prints on display present new perspectives on themes essential to an understanding of France's role in the war: patriotism, nationalism, and the soldier's experience, as well as French home front mobilization encompassing fashion, music, humor, and children's literature. Materials in the exhibition are drawn from the rare book holdings of the Special Collections Research Center, other public institutions, and private collections including that of exhibition curators Professor Neil Harris and Teri J. Edelstein.