Special Collections Research Center

Digital Collections

University of Chicago Photographic Archive
The University of Chicago Photographic Archive digital collection includes more than 20,000 images documenting the University of Chicago and its history. Images depict Buildings and Grounds, Events, Student Activities, and Yerkes Observatory. Additional images depicting Individuals and Groups, Sports, and Yerkes Observatory are being added to the digital collection as they are completed.

American Environmental Photographs, 1891-1936
Collection of 4,500 photographs documenting natural environments, ecologies, and plant communities in the United States. Drawn from the records of the Department of Botany in the University of Chicago Archives.

A Century of Progress: The 1933-34 World's Fair
Database describing 1,000 printed brochures, pamphlets, and other materials issued for the 1993-34 Chicago world's fair, with 300 items presented as full digital facsimiles. Drawn from the John Crerar Library manuscript collection.

Cervantes: Text and Image
Collection of scanned editions of Don Quixote and associated texts focusing on illustrations and critical texts. Created in conjunction with the Ekphrasis in the Age of Cervantes conference hosted by the University of Chicago in 2004.

Chopin Early Editions
Collection of 400 first and early printed editions of musical compositions by Frédéric Chopin. Drawn from the Frédéric Chopin collection of the Special Collections Research Center.

The Chicagoan
Modeled on The New Yorker, this Jazz Age periodical aimed to portray the city of Chicago as a cultural hub and counter its image as a place of violence and vice. The magazine contains a wealth of material on the literary, cultural, artistic, athletic and social milieu of Chicago between 1926-1934.

Enrico Fermi and the Nuclear Chain Reaction
Documents, photos, and other materials about Fermi and the nuclear chain reaction. Site created by the John Crerar Library at the University of Chicago in conjunction with the exhibition "Enrico Fermi: The Life of a Scientist."

The First American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820
Collection of 15,000 pages of historical material documenting the land, peoples, exploration, and transformation of the trans-Appalachian West. Drawn from collections of the University of Chicago Library and the Filson Historical Society, Louisville, Kentucky.

Goodspeed Manuscript Collection
The Goodspeed Collection of New Testament manuscripts comprises 68 Greek, Syriac, Ethiopic, Armenian, Arabic, and Latin manuscripts ranging in date from the 7th to the 19th century. The Library is creating high-quality digital images of each of the manuscripts in the collection.

Italian Women Writers (IWW)
The Italian Women Writers project (IWW) is a long-term research endeavor to preserve and provide access to an extensive corpus of literature written by Italian women authors.

Philip M. Klutznick: Community Builder, Jewish and Civic Leader, Diplomat
Photographs, letters, publications, and other archival materials documenting Philip M. Klutznick's multi-faceted life and career as a pioneering community developer, philanthropist, United Nations representative, U.S. Secretary of Commerce and leader of the American and international Jewish community.

Large Scale Digitization
Digital images of complete archives and manuscript collections, made available via the online finding aid for each collection.

Middle Eastern Posters
Middle Eastern political posters produced by government offices and private organizations, primarily in Iran and Afghanistan, during the 1970s-1990s.

Philologic Full-Text Collection
Searchable full-texts available via the University of Chicago-developed Philologic full-text search, retrieval, and analysis tool. The collection includes texts from Bibliopolis, Chadwyck-Healey, Alexander Street Press, the ARTFL project, and others which cover a variety of humanities disciplines in a variety of languages.

Rose & Chess: Le Roman de la Rose & Le Jeu des échecs moralisé
Two medieval French manuscripts separated a century ago, Le Roman de la Rose and Le Jeu des échecs moralisé, have been reunited by the University of Chicago Library; digital facsimiles of both manuscripts are available online.

Soviet Posters: The Dr. Harry Bakwin and Dr. Ruth Morris Bakwin Soviet Posters Collection
Nineteen Soviet political posters produced in the early 1930s, collected by the American physicians Dr. Harry Bakwin and Dr. Ruth Morris Bakwin during two trips to the Soviet Union.

The Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae Digital Collection
In 1540 Antonio Lafreri began publishing maps and other printed images depicting monuments and antiquities of ancient Rome that later came to be known as the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae, the "Mirror of Roman Magnificence." This site presents the University of Chicago's collection of 994 Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae engravings dating from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century.

University of Chicago Centennial Exhibitions
Four exhibitions viewing the University of Chicago's history through perspectives on the faculty, student life, the University and the city of Chicago, and the University's first ten chief executives. Drawn from the University of Chicago Archives.

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