Special Collections Research Center

Welcome to Special Collections

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.


  twitter icon   blog icon


Current and Forthcoming Exhibitions
Past Exhibitions
Web Exhibits

Current Exhibitions

Envisioning South Asia Gallery Installation View

Envisioning South Asia: Texts, Scholarship, Legacies

Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery
January 11 -  March 18, 2016

From the times of Marco Polo to the British Empire to the postcolonial nation, South Asia has been imagined, pictured, explored, and studied. This exhibition introduces the Regenstein Library's extraordinary resources related to South Asia through visual metaphors of imagination, representation, and engagement. How did explorers, missionaries, colonial officials, and scholars view South Asia? What did South Asian self-representations look like? From palm leaf manuscripts to historical maps, and from rare books to digital projects, Envisioning South Asia offers a kaleidoscopic tour through scholarly and popular imaginations in text and image.