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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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