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University of Chicago. Office of the President. Scrapbooks
51.5 linear feet (34 boxes)
Special Collections Research Center
This collection contains scrapbooks compiled by the University of Chicago Office of the President. They contain news clippings related to the University, its founding, and its staff and leadership, and collections of official communications issued by the President's office. The collection spans the years 1889-1943, with the bulk of the material dating from 1908 to 1910.
The collection is open for research.
When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: University of Chicago. Office of the President. Scrapbooks, Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library.
On September 18, 1890, William Rainey Harper was elected by the Board of Trustees as the first President of the University of Chicago. President Harper assumed office on July 1, 1891. The University has had 13 presidents in total:
• William Rainey Harper – 1891-1906
• Harry Pratt Judson – 1907-1923
• Ernest DeWitt Burton – 1923-1925
• Max Mason – 1925-1928
• Robert Maynard Hutchins – 1929-1951
• Lawrence Kimpton – 1951-1960
• George W. Beadle – 1961-1968
• Edward Hirsch Levi – 1968-1975
• John Todd Wilson – 1975-1978
• Hanna Holborn Gray – 1978-1993
• Hugo F. Sonnenschein – 1993-2000
• Don Michael Randel – 2000-2006
• Robert J. Zimmer – 2006-present
The collection is divided into two series.
Series I, News Clippings, contains scrapbooks full of clippings of newspaper articles about the founding and development of the university, its beginnings, its faculty and administrators, its affiliates (e.g. Yerkes Observatory), its funding, athletic and cultural events, and scholarly findings and reports. Many articles are duplicates pulled from multiple newspapers. Of particular interest are articles on the Foster controversy, women at the university, and university scientists' research.
Series II, Communications, contains scrapbooks of pieces of official written communication from the Office of the President. Included are invitations to formal events, announcements and memos to faculty and students, death and funeral notices, commencement materials, event programs, blank cards and forms, and other official bulletins. There is also one book of undated stationary samples. The collection does not contain correspondence with particular individuals. Both series of scrapbooks are ordered chronologically.
The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:
University News Office. Records
University of Chicago Scrapbooks. Collection
University of Chicago. Office of the President. Harper, Judson and Burton Administrations. Records
University of Chicago. Office of the President. Mason Administration. Records
University of Chicago. Office of the President. Hutchins Administration. Records
Series I: News Clippings
This series contains 15 scrapbooks of news clippings, arranged chronologically.
Scrapbook, Jan. – April 1909
Scrapbook, May-June 1909
Scrapbook, June-July 1909
Scrapbook, July-Sept. 1909
Scrapbook, Sept.-Oct. 1909
Scrapbook, Sept.-Nov. 1909
Scrapbook, Jan.-June 1910
Scrapbook, June 1910-Jan. 1911
Scrapbook, Nov. 1910-April 1911
Scrapbook, July 1912-Jan. 1915
Series II: Communications
This series contains 20 scrapbooks of mailings and announcements, arranged chronologically.
Scrapbook, Nov 1919-June 1922
Scrapbook, Aug. 1922-Sept 1925
Scrapbook, April 1926-Dec. 1926