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

Imaging/Imagining the Body as Text
Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery
March 25, 2014 – June 20, 2014

The Body as Text explores intersections between the arts and sciences across the history of anatomical representation and medical illustration of the human body. From the medieval era to the modern invention of the x-ray, The Body as Text traces this interplay of disciplines until medical imaging diverged and followed its own intellectual and aesthetic paths.

Drawn from the holdings of the Special Collections Research Center and the Smart Museum of Art, this exhibition chronicles the shared influences of the arts and sciences and the subsequent avenues each discipline took in their ongoing expressions of the human body.  Works by significant figures including Ketham, Vesalius, Gray, Corinth, and Rodin will be highlighted.

The Body as Text is part of a campus-wide program, Imaging/Imagining The Human Body in Anatomical Representation, and runs concurrently with complementary exhibitions at two other venues: The Body as Art, at the Smart Museum of Art; and The Body as Data, at the John Crerar Library.


Forthcoming Exhibitions

Researching Mexico: University of Chicago Field Explorations in Mexico, 1896-2014
Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery
June 30, 2014 – October 4, 2014

University of Chicago scholars have traveled to Mexico since the late nineteenth century, pursuing research subjects ranging from archival investigation of revolutionary leaders, to documentation of indigenous communities and languages, to the search for the cause of a deadly strain of typhus. Drawn from the holdings of the Special Collections Research Center, including the papers of Friedrich Katz, Robert Redfield, Norman McQuown, Manning Nash, Howard T. Ricketts, Sol Tax, Frederick Starr, and others, this exhibit presents correspondence, diaries, photographs, sketches, recordings and objects generated and collected by these scholars in the field, as well as holdings from the Rare Books and Manuscripts collections that continue to support study of Mexican history and culture.

Presented in conjunction with the University of Chicago's Katz Center for Mexican Studies, this exhibition will mark the meeting in Chicago of the XIV Reunión Internacional de Historiadores de México on September 18-21, 2014.


En Guerre: French Illustrators and World War I
Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery
October 13, 2014 – January 2, 2015

En Guerre will offer a fresh examination of World War I through the lens of French graphic illustration of the period. Illustrated books, journals, and prints on display will 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 will be 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.