Information for Elementary, Middle, and High School Teachers
The Special Collections Research Center welcomes a diversity of visiting groups. While our primary mission is to serve the faculty and students of the University of Chicago, we are happy to host other visiting groups as our staff time and classroom availability permits.
This page is for elementary, middle, and high school teachers. For University of Chicago classes, please see information online at:
The staff of the Special Collections Research Center offers a wide variety of topical presentations for visiting elementary, middle, or high school classes. In consultation with teachers, we commonly draw on our extensive archival and book collections to customize presentations for each visiting group. Students have first-hand experiences with primary sources, such as rare books and manuscripts, and learn of their uses in scholarship.
Popular presentation topics include the history of Chicago, the history of the neighborhoods of the South Side, and the history of books and printing.
Frequently Asked Questions
What size groups does SCRC allow?
Due to the sizes of our teaching spaces, groups of 25 or less are ideal. Please let us know, however, if your group exceeds 25, as we might be able to accommodate larger groups with advance notice.
What age groups does SCRC allow?
We do not have a prescribed age range for class visits. Teachers should contact us to discuss details.
What supervision does SCRC require?
All elementary, middle, or high school classes must be accompanied by a teacher at all times. It is strongly recommended that all elementary and middle school classes have additional chaperones to supervise students.
Does SCRC allow students to return after a class visit?
The Special Collections Research Center is open to the public. High school students can return to use materials without an accompanying adult. Elementary and middle school students can return to complete a project if they are supervised by an adult. We encourage students to contact us in advance of their visit. (See the contact information below.)
Does SCRC welcome History Fair students?
Yes, we welcome students working on history fair projects. High school students can visit without an accompanying adult. Elementary and middle school students can visit if they are supervised by an adult. We encourage students to contact us in advance of their visit. (See the contact information below.)
How can I prepare my students in advance of our visit?
Please review our rules and guidelines with your students. Staff members are always happy to discuss these guidelines with teachers.
Guidelines can be viewed online at http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/scrc/using/guidelines.html .
Please contact us to ask about scheduling an elementary, middle, or high school visit:
For University of Chicago classes, please see information online at: