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Adventures in the Soviet Imaginary Adventures in the Soviet Imaginary: Children's Books and Graphic Art
Adventures in the Soviet Imaginary examines both the intensive and extensive dimensions of Soviet posters and children books.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Aug. 22 — Dec. 30, 2011
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Subjects
Slavic/Eastern Europe/Eurasia
Art
Hows and Whys of French Cooking Alma Lach's Kitchen
This exhibition explores Alma Lach’s wide-ranging culinary career and displays selections from her fascinating collection of cookbooks.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Sept. 19 — Jan. 6, 2017
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B. Heller & Co. Collection The B. Heller & Co. Collection
Founded by Benjamin Heller, whose family practiced sausage-making for generations, Chicago-based B. Heller & Co. began in 1893. Eager to take advantage of new developments in food science and chemistry as well as his skills as a salesman, Benjamin Heller was the quintessential American entrepreneur.
Locations

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Subjects
Chicago and Illinois
Advertising
Berlin Collection Exhibit The Berlin Collection
Showcasing the collection of nearly 100,000 books and manuscripts purchased by William Rainey Harper in Berlin in 1891, which became the core of the University of Chicago Library's holdings and have had an abiding influence on the course of scholarly investigation at the University.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 31, 1979
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Subjects
University of Chicago Library
A Bold Experiment A Bold Experiment: The Origins of the Sciences at the University of Chicago
In celebration of the 125th anniversary of the University of Chicago's founding, this exhibit looks back at the establishment of the natural sciences at the University.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor
Sept. 21 — March 31, 2016
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Subjects
University of Chicago
History of Science
Book Use, Book Theory Book Use, Book Theory: 1500-1700
This exhibition, co-curated by Bradin Cormack and Carla Mazzio, will examine the relationship between book use and forms of knowledge production in the early modern period (up through about 1700).
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
March 1 — July 31, 2005
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Subjects
History of Print
Building for a Long Future Exhibit Building for a Long Future: The University of Chicago and Its Donors, 1889-1930
This exhibition explores the motivations and purposes of the varied group of donors who supported the University of Chicago from the time of its founding in the late 1880s to the conclusion of the extensive campus building campaign of the late 1920s and early 1930s.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
May 1 — Dec. 31, 2001
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Subjects
University of Chicago
Photo of Whitman with His Pigeons Charles Otis Whitman: His Science, His Special Birds and the Marine Biological Laboratory
Charles Whitman was a pioneer in the study of animal behavior, and one of his main research interests was the passenger pigeon. This exhibit examines Whitman's legacy at the University of Chicago and beyond.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor
Jan. 6 — March 21, 2014
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Subjects
Organismal Biology
Biological Sciences
Chicago Celebrates Darwin Chicago Celebrates Darwin
The John Crerar Library presents Chicago Celebrates Darwin, an exhibit which revisits the Darwin Centennial Celebration hosted by the University in 1959. We look back at the original letters, pictures, and documents from that conference to get a sense of the atmosphere and the importance of the events, including the effect of Darwin’s theories on the research and popular opinion of the day.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor
Oct. 19 — March 26, 2010
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Subjects
Chicago and Illinois
University of Chicago
Organismal Biology
Biological Sciences
Ecology & Evolution
Closeted/Out in the Quadragles feature image Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles: A History of LGBTQ Life at the University of Chicago
Historical view of LGBT faculty, student, and staff life at the University of Chicago.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
March 30 — June 12, 2015
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Subjects
LGBT Studies
University of Chicago
DarwinCentennial The Darwin Centennial Celebration
This Web-only exhibit explores The Darwin Centennial Celebration, which commemorated the 1859 publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, and was held at the University of Chicago from November 24 through November 28, 1959. Planned in conjunction with the Darwin/Chicago 2009 conference held at the University of Chicago, October 29-31, 2009, it also complements the exhibit Chicago Celebrates Darwin held at the John Crerar Library, October 19, 2009-March 26, 2010.
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Subjects
Ecology & Evolution
Discovering the Beauty and Charm of the Wilderness Discovering the Beauty and Charm of the Wilderness: Chicago Connections to the National Park Service
The National Park Service offers a rich variety of landforms, flora, and fauna that have been the subject of many University of Chicago scientific studies. The parks have also served as inspiration for art, photography and literature. To mark the National Park Service’s 100-year anniversary, we delve into the Library’s archives and rare collections to uncover Chicago connections to the parks.
Locations
The John Crerar Library
Oct. 31 — Dec. 31, 2016
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Subjects
American History
Organismal Biology
Environmental Studies
University of Chicago
rosrenberger.jpg East European Jews in the German-Jewish Imagination from the Ludwig Rosenberger Library of Judaica
This exhibition traces the place of East European Jewry in the imagination and experience of German Jews from emancipation in the nineteenth century to the decline of German-Jewish life on the eve of World War II.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Sept. 1 — June 30, 2009
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Subjects
Jewish Studies
enguerre_cover.jpg En Guerre: French Illustrators and World War I
En Guerre will offer a fresh examination of World War I through the lens of French graphic illustration of the period.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Oct. 14 — Jan. 2, 2015
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Subjects
European History
Art
Razm-nāma Envisioning South Asia: Texts, Scholarship, Legacies
This exhibition introduces the Regenstein Library's extraordinary resources related to South Asia through visual metaphors of imagination, representation, and engagement.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 11 — March 18, 2016
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Subjects
Southern Asia
South Asia
firmness_banner.jpg Firmness, Commodity, and Delight: Architecture in Special Collections
The exhibition celebrated the opening of the new SCRC exhibition gallery and the completion of the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library with a display of books, manuscripts, and archival drawings and photographs representing our collections in architecture.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
May 9 — July 29, 2011
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Subjects
Architecture
Octave Chanute Flight before the Wrights: Octave Chanute, Chicago. Aeronautical Pioneer, Engineer & Teacher
An exhibition of Octave Chanute's accomplishments and highlights from the visionary's career. Chanute’s novel biplane glider, an engineering masterpiece in the world of 1896 flying machines was the foundation for 20th-century aircraft.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor
Nov. 1 — June 1, 2002
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Subjects
History of Science
Aviation
Technology
Silhouette of Crowd with Shahada The Graphics of Revolution and War: Iranian Poster Arts
Designed for mass distribution and aimed towards a large public audience, posters embed social, political, and religious concerns that frequently are articulated through both text and image. Perhaps more so than at any other moment in recent history, posters served as powerful modalities for mobilization and communication during the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88).
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Oct. 15 — Dec. 18, 2011
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Subjects
Art
Middle East
Great Lakes The Great Lakes: Our Legacy, Our Future
The exhibit focused on the EPA's Great Lakes National Program Office and their work to ensure the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor
March 1 — Oct. 31, 2001
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Subjects
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Ecology & Evolution
homer_title_graphic.jpg Homer in Print: The Transmission and Reception of Homer's Works
Homer in Print illustrates what we can learn when we look beyond the stories to ask what sources went into shaping this particular edition or how the multitude of English translations differ from each other.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 13 — March 15, 2014
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Subjects
Classics
James Watson Honest Jim: James D. Watson, the Writer
Fifty years ago, James Watson and Francis Crick made one of the major discoveries of the twentieth century: they deciphered the double helical structure of DNA. The discovery began a revolution in molecular biology that led to major advances in science and medicine.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor
Jan. 19 — May 28, 2004
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Subjects
Biological Sciences
Molecular & Cell Biology
History of Science
stepout_web_exhibitpage_image2_upload.jpg I Step Out of Myself: Portrait Photography in Special Collections
This exhibit highlights outstanding examples of fine art and photojournalistic portraiture held in the Special Collections Research Center.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 12 — March 20, 2015
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Subjects
Photography
Sondheim Jewish Heritage Collection Exhibit Images of Prayer, Politics and Everyday Life from the Harry and Branks Sondheim Jewish Heritage Collection
This exhibition of the Harry Sondheim (A.B. 1954, J.D. 1957) Collection is organized around representations of the events of the Jewish life-cycle: birth, circumcision, naming, bar mitzvah, marriage, and death-and those of the Jewish calendar-the Sabbath, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Simchat Torah, Sukkot, and Passover.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
March 1 — July 31, 2008
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Subjects
Religion
The Life of the Mind Integrating the Life of the Mind: African Americans at the University of Chicago, 1870-1940
This exhibit presents original manuscripts, rarely seen portraits and photographs, African American publications, books by African American graduates of the University of Chicago, and other documents that trace the interlocking strands of academic and gradual social integration through the mid-twentieth century.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Sept. 1 — Feb. 28, 2009
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Subjects
University of Chicago
African-American Studies
scrc_clowes_title_panel.jpg Integrity of the Page: The Creative Process of Daniel Clowes
The Clowes archive contains notes, outlines, narrative drafts, character sketches, draft layouts, and more for three of Clowes' books: Ice Haven, Mister Wonderful, and The Death-Ray. The exhibition pieces this material together, tracing the evolution of Clowes' art from conception to production to publication.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
March 28 — June 17, 2016
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Subjects
History of Print
American Literature
Image of Crerar Library A Library for All Time: The History of the John Crerar Library
The John Crerar Library holds a place of distinction in the world of libraries. The images and texts presented here trace the history of the library from its founding as a free public library of science made possible by the gift of a dedicated philanthropist through its growth to an outstanding print collection with innovative research services and into its present form which combines these traditional services and collections with modern electronic information resources and creative collaborations with campus partners.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor
Oct. 29 — March 31, 2014
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Subjects
Biological Sciences
Physical Sciences
History of Science
Life on the Quads Life on the Quads: A Centennial View of the Student Experience at the University of Chicago
"Life on the Quads: A Centennial View of the Student Experience at the University of Chicago," the second Centennial exhibition in Special Collections, surveys the history of the University from the perspective of students over the past century.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — March 1, 1992
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Subjects
University of Chicago
Mapping the Young Metropolis Mapping the Young Metropolis
Between 1915 and 1940, a small faculty in the University of Chicago Department of Sociology, working with dozens of talented graduate students, intensively studied the city of Chicago . They aspired to use the approaches of social science in developing a new field of research, and they took the city as their laboratory.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
June 22 — Sept. 11, 2015
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Subjects
Chicago and Illinois
Sociology
My Life is an Open Book My Life is an Open Book: D.I.Y. Autobiography
A significant form of expression in the punk cultures of the 1980s and 1990s, contemporary zines continue to provide an important platform for authors­–or zinesters– in a distinct genre.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 14 — April 13, 2013
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Subjects
History of Print
Literature
On Equal Terms Exhibit On Equal Terms: Educating Women at the University of Chicago
Since the University welcomed its first students in the fall of 1892, women have had very different stories to tell about the experiments in co-education and faculty diversification; the experience of the classroom, the laboratory, the dorm, and the streets of Hyde Park; the issues of mentorship, intellectual community, and career advancement; and the opportunities for political action and community involvement, for friendship, romance, and sexual experimentation.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
March 1 — July 31, 2009
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Subjects
Women's Studies
University of Chicago Library
OntheEdge On the Edge: Medieval Margins and the Margins of Academic Life
This exhibition explores the symmetry between medieval margins and the modern margins of academic life.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
May 19 — Sept. 10, 2012
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Subjects
Art
European History
History of Print
Lincoln Our Lincoln: Bicentennial Icons from the Barton Collection of Lincolniana
Marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, this exhibition presents a selection of documents and artifacts from the University of Chicago Library's William E. Barton Collection of Lincolniana.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Feb. 28, 2009
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Subjects
Chicago and Illinois
American History
Nurse with Baby Past, Present, Future: the Evolution of Medicine at the University of Chicago's Hospitals
This exhibit provides an overview of the history and evolution of the medical school program, the hospital facilities and their technology, and medical partnerships with other Chicago area hospitals.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor
Oct. 15 — March 30, 2012
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Subjects
University of Chicago
Medicine
scrc_wachs_title_panel_webpdf.png Poetic Associations: The Nineteenth-Century English Poetry Collection of Dr. Gerald N. Wachs
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.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Sept. 21 — Dec. 31, 2015
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Subjects
Literature
Presidents of University of Chicago The Presidents of the University of Chicago: A Centennial View
This exhibition, the fourth in a series marking the Centennial of the University of Chicago, examines the distinctive contributions of each of the ten chief executives of the university over the past century.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Oct. 1 — Feb. 1, 1993
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Subjects
University of Chicago
Printing for the Modern Age Exhibit Printing for the Modern Age: Commerce, Craft, and Culture in the RR Donnelley Archive
The R. R. Donnelley Archive preserves a fascinating array of historical materials dating from the mid-nineteenth to the late twentieth century, offering research potential in modern social and cultural history, the history of printing and the graphic arts, the history of advertising and mass consumption, economic and labor history, Chicago urban and community history, and modern cultural studies, among many other fields.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Sept. 1 — Feb. 28, 2007
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Subjects
History of Print
Chicago and Illinois
American History
Race and the Design of Everyday Life Race and the Design of American Life: African Americans in Twentieth-Century Commercial Art
Drawing from collections of food packaging, advertisements, children's books, album covers, and other household goods, this exhibit traces the vexed history of African Americans in commercial art—as images and as makers of their own image—and their vital role in shaping the rise and establishment of our modern consumer society.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Oct. 14 — Jan. 4, 2014
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Subjects
African-American Studies
Art
schultz_thumb_exlist.jpg Reading the Greens: Books on Golf from the Arthur W. Schultz Collection
The exhibition is drawn from the Arthur W. Schultz Golf Collection, which includes more than 1,600 books on the history of golf presented to the University of Chicago Library by Arthur W. Schultz, an alumnus and Life Trustee of the University of Chicago.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
May 1 — Sept. 30, 1998
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Subjects
History
Recipes for Domesticity Recipes for Domesticity: Cookery, Household Management, and the Notion of Expertise
This exhibition, drawn primarily from the Rare Books Collection, provides a sampling of European and American cookbooks and domestic manuals from court chefs of the 15th century to cooking icons of the 20th century.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
April 22 — July 13, 2013
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Subjects
European History
American History
mexico_web_exhibits.jpg Researching Mexico: University of Chicago Field Explorations in Mexico, 1896-2014
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.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
June 30 — Oct. 4, 2014
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Subjects
Latin American Studies
Green Roof on Searle The Science of Sustainability
This exhibit takes a close look at some aspects of sustainable building design and how they can produce greener buildings.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor
April 5 — Oct. 1, 2010
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Subjects
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Organismal Biology
Chicago and Illinois
University of Chicago
Default Placeholder Photo The Seminary Co-op Documentary Project: Capturing the Bookstore’s Distinctive Character and History
After 51 years, the Seminary Co-op Bookstore left cherished home in the basement of the former Chicago Theological Seminary. The importance of the Co-op in the history of the University and for the greater Chicago and intellectual community warranted a significant effort to document it before it began the next phase of its life and to renew interest in this valuable asset on Chicago's South Side.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
April 1 — July 31, 2013
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Subjects
University of Chicago
Shared Past, Shared Future Shared Past, Shared Future: The Marine Biological Laboratory and the University of Chicago
The recent affiliation between UChicago and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is the latest chapter in the long, intertwined history of the two institutions.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor
April 19 — Oct. 31, 2016
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Subjects
Organismal Biology
University of Chicago
Something's Brewing: The Art, Science and Technology of Beer Brewing Something's Brewing: The Art, Science and Technology of Beer Brewing
The Crerar Library exhibit, Something's Brewing: The Art, Science and Technology of Brewing, explores the development of brewing, from the ancient Sumerians' rice-based beverages to the rise and fall of the Chicago brewing industry.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor
Jan. 8 — March 31, 2007
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Subjects
Chicago and Illinois
Materials Science
History of Science
Technology
Sun Ra Sounds from Tomorrow's World: Sun Ra and the Chicago Years, 1946-1961
This exhibit explores Sun Ra’s Chicago years through images and sound recordings of his poetry and music, vinyl records and album artwork, promotional materials and early controversial broadsheets. While living in Chicago, Herman Poole “Sonny” Blount became Sun Ra—the leader of the Arkestra and a composer and arranger of some of the most avant-garde jazz of the time.
Locations
Regenstein 3rd Floor Reading Room
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Subjects
Chicago and Illinois
Music
Souvenirs Souvenirs! Get Your Souvenirs! Chicago Mementos and Memorabilia
This exhibition presents various souvenirs created for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, the 1933 Century of Progress International Exposition, and the City of Chicago.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
July 22 — Oct. 4, 2013
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Subjects
Chicago and Illinois
Cracker Jack advertisement Sweet Home Chicago: Chocolate and Confectionery Production and Technology in the Windy City
Drawing from items in the substantial cookery collection at the John Crerar Library, this exhibit explores the history of chocolate and confectioners in the city and the science and technology of the candy making process.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor
Oct. 10 — June 11, 2011
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Subjects
Advertising
Chicago and Illinois
Technology
Photo of Conservator at Work Under Covers: The Art and Science of Book Conservation
Book Conservation is an essential component of a comprehensive program to protect and preserve library collections for current and future use by scholars. This exhibit takes a close look at the scientific aspects of conservation and the treatment of collections.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor
March 26 — Oct. 11, 2013
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Subjects
Materials Science
Chemistry
History of Print
Main exhibit poster Under Your Feet, Chicago's Water, Freight, Subway and Storm Tunnels
Under Your Feet explores the system—from the first water tunnels completed in 1867, to the now defunct freight tunnels of the early 1900's, to the subway system we use today, to the Deep Tunnel project and storm tunnels of the future.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor
Feb. 14 — March 31, 2006
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Subjects
Technology
Art
Chicago and Illinois
The University and the City The University and the City: A Centennial View
"The University and the City: A Centennial View of the University of Chicago," the third Centennial exhibition in Special Collections, explores the complex web of relationships between the University and the city of Chicago.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
March 1 — June 1, 1992
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Subjects
University of Chicago
University of Chicago Faculty The University of Chicago Faculty: A Centennial View
"The University of Chicago Faculty: A Centennial View" examines the careers of twenty-eight representative scholars from the institution's first century.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Oct. 1 — Dec. 1, 1992
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Subjects
University of Chicago
Law School Time Capsules University of Chicago Law School Time Capsules: 1903 & 1958
In August 2009, University stone masons opened the cornerstone of the University of Chicago's Law School building to unveil two time capsules, one from 1903 and one from 1958.The boxes contained items collected for the cornerstone of the original Law School building and items presented when the current building, designed by Eero Saarinen, was built.
Locations
The D'Angelo Law Library
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Subjects
University of Chicago
Law
WeAreChicago We Are Chicago: Student Life in the Collections of the University of Chicago Archives
Drawn from the historical collections of the University Archives, We Are Chicago highlights student experiences over a span of 120 years.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — March 31, 2012
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Subjects
University of Chicago