Special Collections Research Center

Current and Forthcoming Exhibitions

 

The Special Collections Research Center is located on the first floor of the Joseph Regenstein Library on the campus of the University of Chicago.  Exhibitions are free and open to the public and can be viewed during the Research Center's regular public service hours. Titles and dates of forthcoming exhibitions are subject to change. For further information about the exhibition program, please contact:

Special Collections Research Center
The University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: (773) 702-8705

Current Exhibition


Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles: A History of LGBTQ Life at the University of Chicago
Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery
March 30, 2015 – June 12, 2015

From woman-centered relationships between early female professors to the beginnings of Gay Liberation on campus, this exhibition will examine the range of experiences lived by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students and faculty on the University of Chicago campus. Drawing on the rich holdings of the University Archives -- including the papers of Marion Talbot and Ernest Burgess, administrative records, and a multitude of campus publications – the exhibition will display letters, academic papers, and student newspaper articles, as well as posters, photographs, and other visual documentation. In tracing this complex history, the exhibition will also introduce new materials collected through outreach to alumni along with selections from oral histories of alumni collected by the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.

Forthcoming Exhibitions


Mapping the Young Metropolis: The Chicago School of Sociology, 1915-1940
Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery
June 22, 2015 – September 11, 2015

In 1915, University of Chicago sociology professor Robert E. Park published The City: Suggestions for the Investigation of Human Behavior in the City Environment, an article that inspired a quarter-century of social research at the University of Chicago and transformed the discipline of sociology. This explosion of scholarship came to be known as the Chicago School of Sociology. Faculty and graduate students in the Department of Sociology adopted Chicago as their urban laboratory and began to study the city intensively, examining distinctive neighborhoods, institutions and social patterns. Archives in the Special Collections Research Center preserve key records of their research methodology: tools, such as questionnaires and life histories, along with analyses, such as statistical tables and city maps. Archival documents reveal the new sociological research process, from proposal through data collection to final report. The exhibition also displays a series of influential books written by Chicago sociologists, many based upon PhD dissertations, among them Louis Wirth’s The Ghetto (1928) and Harvey Zorbaugh’s The Gold Coast and the Slum (1929). The exhibition coincides with the annual meeting in Chicago of the American Sociological Association, August 22-August 25, 2015


Associations: The English Poetry Collection of Dr. Gerald N. Wachs
Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery
September 21, 2015 – December 31, 2015

In the period between the French Revolution and the start of World War I, often called “the long nineteenth century,” English poetry enjoyed enormous popularity and respect. The Romantics and the Victorians, as we know them today, were celebrities and, often, close friends, part of a literary community that influenced their professional and personal lives. Dr. Gerald N. Wachs (1937-2013), working closely with his friend, bookseller Stephen Weissman of Ximenes Rare Books, collected their works, using as their guidebook the Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature (CBEL), the standard primary bibliography of English literature. They sought the finest copies, whenever possible ones that were presented by the author to other writers, friends, or family members. The resulting collection of nearly 900 titles, on deposit from the Estate of Gerald Wachs at the University of Chicago Library, illuminates the life and works of these enduring poets.


Envisioning South Asia: Texts, Scholarship, Legacies
Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery
January 11, 2016 – March 18, 2016

“Envisioning South Asia: Texts, Scholarship, Legacies” will be one of the key events during the academic year 2015-2016 marking two important landmarks in South Asian studies at the University of Chicago: the 50th anniversary of the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations (SALC), and the 60th anniversary of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies (COSAS). These celebrations also coincide with the commemoration of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the University of Chicago. The exhibition in Special Collections will provide an opportunity to explore the influential role of University of Chicago scholars in shaping South Asian studies. It will also be an occasion for displaying significant early books and manuscripts on South Asia, as well as papers from University faculty members including A. K. Ramanujan, original research materials and publications, and examples from collections in contemporary popular culture.