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Moses 9.jpeg Paul B. Moses: Trailblazing Art Historian
The extraordinary life of the art historian Paul B. Moses (1929–1966) was one defined by barriers overcome. Through his writings, photographs, video clips, personal correspondence, ephemera, and original art, the exhibition tells the story of his journey from Ardmore, Pennsylvania and Haverford College, where he was the first African-American student ever admitted, to the University of Chicago, where he distinguished himself through innovative teaching and scholarship until his untimely death.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Sept. 12 — Dec. 16, 2022
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Subjects
Chicago and Illinois
University of Chicago
History
Art
Exhibits
The Berlin Collection 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
The Hanna Holborn Gray 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: Other Spaces
Sept. 21 — March 31, 2016
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Subjects
University of Chicago
History of Science
Building for a Long Future Exhibition Catalog Cover 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
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
May 1 — Dec. 31, 2001
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Subjects
University of Chicago
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: Other Spaces
Oct. 19 — March 26, 2010
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Subjects
University of Chicago
Ecology & Evolution
Organismal Biology
Biological Sciences
Chicago and Illinois
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
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
March 30 — June 12, 2015
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Subjects
LGBTQIA Studies
University of Chicago
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
Organismal Biology
American History
University of Chicago
Environmental Studies
Lewis.jpg Expanding Sources: Recent Additions to Special Collections
As academic fields expand and diversify, Special Collections is building collections to support these new directions. Researchers are drawing on original materials in many areas including race and gender, cinema and media, graphic design, arts practice, and cross-cultural global studies. This exhibition displays recent acquisitions with research potential for a range of disciplines. The materials represent many formats, including children’s books, family letters, journals, fine book design, posters, research notes, clothing, board games, and printed ephemera.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 6 — April 24, 2020
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Subjects
University of Chicago Library
Chicago and Illinois
University of Chicago
I Step Out of Myself thumbnail I Step Out of Myself: Portrait Photography in Special Collections
An exhibition of portrait photography collections in the University Archives.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 12 — March 20, 2015
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Subjects
Art
Photography
University of Chicago
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
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Sept. 1 — Feb. 28, 2009
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Subjects
African-American Studies
University of Chicago
UChicago Aerial Photo 1938 Mapping the University of Chicago
This exhibit features interactive mapping applications, information on the University's history, and archived maps and resources to find more information.
July 15 — March 31, 2021
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Subjects
University of Chicago
Maps
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
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
March 1 — July 31, 2009
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Subjects
Women's Studies
University of Chicago Library
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: Other Spaces
Oct. 15 — March 30, 2012
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Subjects
University of Chicago
Medicine
Moses 9.jpeg Paul B. Moses: Trailblazing Art Historian
The extraordinary life of the art historian Paul B. Moses (1929–1966) was one defined by barriers overcome. Through his writings, photographs, video clips, personal correspondence, ephemera, and original art, the exhibition tells the story of his journey from Ardmore, Pennsylvania and Haverford College, where he was the first African-American student ever admitted, to the University of Chicago, where he distinguished himself through innovative teaching and scholarship until his untimely death.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Sept. 12 — Dec. 16, 2022
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Subjects
Chicago and Illinois
University of Chicago
History
Art
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
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Oct. 1 — Feb. 1, 1993
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Subjects
University of Chicago
Science and Conscience poster Science and Conscience: Chicago's Met Lab and the Manhattan Project
Based on archives and manuscripts in the Special Collections Research Center, Science and Conscience presents unique historical documents and artifacts, many not previously exhibited. Items on display are drawn from records of scientists’ organizations and the papers of those who worked on the Manhattan Project and at Chicago’s Met Lab, including Enrico Fermi, James Franck, Herbert L. Anderson, Samuel K. Allison, Samuel Schwartz, Francis W. Test, Lawrence Lanzl, John H. Balderston, Jr., Albert Wattenberg, Eugene Rabinowitch, Paul Henshaw, William B. Higinbotham, and Donald MacRae, among others.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Feb. 19 — April 13, 2018
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Subjects
History
University of Chicago
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: Other Spaces
April 5 — Oct. 1, 2010
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Subjects
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Organismal Biology
Chicago and Illinois
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: Other Spaces
April 19 — Oct. 31, 2016
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Subjects
Organismal Biology
University of Chicago
centennial_catalog_life_on_the_quads.jpg The University of Chicago Centennial Catalogues
This online presentation reproduces the complete text and accompanying images from four University of Chicago Centennial Exhibition Catalogues, published in conjunction with a series of physical exhibitions organized by the Department of Special Collections to celebrate the 1991-92 Centennial of the University of Chicago.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Feb. 1, 1993
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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
The Hanna Holborn Gray 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
We Are Chicago thumbnail 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. This exhibition features recent donations to the collections along with rarely seen materials. Costumes, photographs, T-shirts, letters, posters, publications, and memorabilia will combine to make this the largest and most inclusive exhibition in the ongoing Special Collections archival series, Discover Hidden Archives Treasures.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 2 — March 31, 2012
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Subjects
University of Chicago
microfilm worker Well Equipped: Library technology from days past
Over the years Crerar Library has used the newest equipment and technologies to make books, journals and other information accessible to patrons. These tools have evolved through the years. A library card system has been replaced with online catalog with significant collections available electronically. Early techniques for photocopying and microfilming materials have been eclipsed by digital scanning services. Displayed are objects and photos of some of these earlier pieces used by the Library.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor: Other Spaces
Sept. 18 — June 7, 2018
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Subjects
University of Chicago Library
Library Science