Video: Exploring the University of Chicago's History through the Library's Map Collection

This Virtual Library Lecture, Exploring University of Chicago's History through the Library's Map Collection, features:

  • Mindy Schwartz, Professor of Medicine at the Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Cecilia Smith, GIS and Map Librarian; and
  • Ashton Hicks, Hanna Holborn Gray Graduate Student Fellow for GIS.

They have partnered to develop a history of the University of Chicago and its surrounding neighborhoods through the University's Map Collection.

The collaboration was inspired by Professor Schwartz’s work to share and celebrate the historical development of the Medical Campus through walking tours. With over 475,000 maps, the Collection provides a rich variety of geographies and topics to explore. An exhibit is presented online, and its interactive components will offer opportunities to study the University's campus and watch the University grow year-on-year alongside interesting details, including the buildings' architects and year of construction. Notable faculty and alumni will be highlighted in each department. The University of Chicago Medicine Tour is the first story map to explore the rich history of our campus.

This lecture was presented by the University of Chicago Library on June 23, 2020.

Image of an interactive map of Notable Faculty & Alumni with clickable options for different departments
A map of Notable Faculty & Alumni from the web exhibit University Mapping History & Interactives