Collections & Exhibits

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Mahabodhi temple American Institute of Indian Studies
The AIIS collection from the Center for Art and Archaeology in Gurgaon, Haryana, India, has over 125,000 photographs in the collection. The images fall into the broad categories of architecture, sculpture, terracotta, painting and numismatics.
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Digital
Images
Photographs
Subjects
South Asia
Southern Asia
Art
Architecture
Before and After the Fire, Davie's atlas Chicago Before and after the fire: Chicago in the 1860s, 1870s, and 1880s
Sheet maps of Chicago from the 1860s, 1870s, and 1880s that are held at the University of Chicago Library's Map Collection.
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Digital
Maps
Subjects
Chicago and Illinois
History
Maps
Cover of 	  Sky-ride pamphlet Century of Progress - International Exposition Publications, 1933-1934
Published informational and promotional material produced for the Century of Progress Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois, 1934.
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Digital
Books & Journals
Subjects
Chicago and Illinois
American History
Aimed at the Pimp Flyer Chicago Committee of Fifteen. Records, 1909-1927
Also known as Manuscript Codex 1028, these twenty-six volumes were gathered for an investigation of Chicago crime, focusing on prostitution and the illegal sale of alcohol. Notes are from on-scene investigations, summaries of court records and newspaper clippings.
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Digital
Archives & Manuscripts
Subjects
American History
Chicago and Illinois
Chicago in the 1890s Chicago in the 1890s
Sheet maps of Chicago in the 1890s that are held at the University of Chicago Library's Map Collection. The 1890s were an extraordinary decade for Chicago, perhaps the only period in the city's history when its status as a "world city" would be disputed by few.
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Digital
Maps
Subjects
American History
Chicago and Illinois
Maps
Geography
Chicago in the 1920s and 1930s Chicago in the 1920s and 1930s: the view from the Chicago School (the Social Science Research Committee maps)
"During the 1920s and 1930s numerous scholars at the University of Chicago did research on Chicago itself. These scholars, whose work is sometimes associated with the label "Chicago School," or "Chicago School of Sociology," played a major role in establishing urban studies as an important academic enterprise. All of these maps were produced under the aegis of the Social Science Research Committee or its immediate predecessor, the Local Community Research Committee.
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Digital
Maps
Subjects
Sociology
American History
Chicago and Illinois
Maps
Chicago 1900-1914 Maps Chicago, 1900-1914
Sheet maps of Chicago from the years between 1900 and the onset of World War I. The maps portray a city where much that was true of Chicago in the 1890s remained the case. Chicago continued to grow, reaching a population (not counting suburbs) of nearly 2.2 million in 1910, and perhaps 2.4 million in 1914, when (by some measures) it was still the world’s sixth largest city.
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Digital
Maps
Subjects
Chicago and Illinois
American History
Maps
The Chicagoan Vol 7 no 9 The Chicagoan
A jazz-aged magazine, modeled on the New Yorker, that aimed to portray the city as a cultural hub and counter its image as a place of violence and vice. The magazine contains a wealth of material on the literary, cultural, artistic, athletic and social milieu of Chicago between 1926-1934.
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Digital
Books & Journals
Subjects
Chicago and Illinois
American Literature
American History
4e ballade pour piano, op. 52 Chopin Early Editions
Digitized version of the Library's collection of early printed editions of Chopin's musical compositions. The collection can be searched by a variety of data points including uniform title, genre, plate number, dedicatee, publisher. place of publication, etc., allowing scholars to study the differences between scores as they were published concurrently in different countries with variant texts.
Formats
Digital
Music Scores
Subjects
Music
Eunice Goodrich Goodrich, Adelaide Eunice. Collection, ca. 1837-1916
Adelaide Eunice Goodrich (1861-19??). Actress and author. Collection contains prompt books of plays, scrapbooks, photographs, and a small group of patents and other legal documents of her father H. C. Goodrich.
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Digital
Archives & Manuscripts
Subjects
Theater
Government College of Arts and Crafts - Government College of Arts and Crafts (Chennai)
The Museum of Contemporary Art, housed within the Government College of Arts and Crafts, has a photograph collection dated from the mid 1800s. The subjects of these photographs range from the hill tribes of Niligiris to pagodas and monuments of the Madras Presidency to guns and antiques from Fort St. George.
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Digital
Images
Photographs
Subjects
South Asia
Southern Asia
Architecture
Anthropology
Government Maps of Chicago Government maps of Chicago in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s
During the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, there was a slow growth in the planning role of municipal governments in many large American cities, including Chicago. Cartographic materials of various sorts were one of the byproducts of this growth.
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Digital
Maps
Subjects
American History
Political Science
Chicago and Illinois
Maps
Geography
GregorianChant.jpg Gregorian Chant Manuscript Collection
The Gregorian Chant Manuscript Collection is a set of microforms that came to the University of Chicago Library in the 1990s. Reproductions were obtained from various Western European institutions, libraries, and religious houses mainly in France and England. The collection of 174 liturgical codex manuscripts dates from the 9th through 17th centuries with a concentration in the 12th and 13th centuries and include antiphonaries, missals, graduals, breviaries, sacramentaries, kyriales, tropers, sequentiaries, and others. The first twelve titles in this collection have been digitized and can be accessed from the Library's online catalog.
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Digital
Microform
Subjects
Music
Hyde Park Center Hyde Park Center. Collection, 1910-1917
Established in 1908, the Hyde Park Center was an independent welfare organization providing services to children and youth in the neighborhood, such as a free kindergarten and playground, clubs and activities, and job training for youth.
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Digital
Archives & Manuscripts
Subjects
American History
Chicago and Illinois
Ebenezer Lane Papers Lane, Ebenezer, Family. Papers, 1811-1866
The Ebenezer Lane Family Papers contain materials relating to Lane and his son, also named Ebenezer. The papers of the father (1793-1866) document his career as an attorney and judge, with materials including financial records, legal documents, letterbooks, notes on law cases, and a travel diary.
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Digital
Archives & Manuscripts
Subjects
American History
Chicago and Illinois
Elon N. Lee and Edson S. Bastin Papers Lee, Elon N. and Edson S. Bastin. Papers, 1864-1919
Elon N. Lee and Edson S. Bastin, early students. The Elon N. Lee and Edson S. Bastin Papers consist of Edson S. Bastin's correspondence (1866-1919), Elon Lee's diary (1864-1865), drafts of essays, and miscellaneous ephemera concerning the Old University of Chicago (1867-1881).
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Digital
Archives & Manuscripts
Subjects
Chicago and Illinois
American History
Mosque of the Dervishes Tekiyeh, Damascus Middle East Photograph Archive
A digital archive of early photographs of the Middle East. Most of the photographs date to the second half of the nineteenth century. The archive is particularly strong in photographs of nineteenth century Cairo.
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Digital
Photographs
Subjects
Middle East
Ancient Near East
Photography
Bristol Family Papers Murdock, Fanny Bristol and Sarah Bristol Family. Papers, 1836-1866
These papers contain the personal correspondence of Fanny Murdock, her mother Sarah Bristol, and other family members in the mid-19th century. They document the family life and war-related difficulties of a Mississippi family. Material in the collection dates from 1836 to 1866.
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Digital
Archives & Manuscripts
Subjects
American History
Women's Studies
O'Hara family portrait O'Hara, James E. Papers, 1866-1970
James E. O'Hara (1844-1905), Lawyer and Republican Congressman, 1883-1887. Contains letters from family and constituents, photographs, a biographical sketch (1970) written by O'Hara's granddaughter, Vera Jean O'Hara Rivers, and memorabilia.
Formats
Digital
Archives & Manuscripts
Images
Subjects
American History
African-American Studies
Paperdoll Paper Dolls. Collection
This collection consists of paper dolls and accompanying paper clothing and accessories. The dolls were found in an 1839 volume of the New York Mirror, a weekly gazette of literature and the fine arts. Made by hand from scraps of magazines and wallpaper, the dolls are each unique, well-preserved examples of a typically fragile and ephemeral folk art.
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Digital
Images
Subjects
University of Chicago
Art
Philip Klutznick Philip M. Klutznick: Community Builder, Jewish and Civic Leader, Diplomat
Digital archive drawn from the Philip M. Klutznick Papers highlighting his multi-faceted life and career as a pioneering community developer, philanthropist, United Nations representative, U.S. Secretary of Commerce and leader of the American and international Jewish community.
Formats
Digital
Archives & Manuscripts
Subjects
Chicago and Illinois
American History
Marjorie Whitney Prass Papers - dress Prass, Marjorie Whitney. Papers, 1927-2008
This collection contains papers, photographs, costumes and ephemera belonging to Marjorie Whitney Prass, an alumna of the University of Chicago and an avid dancer. The bulk of the collection is comprised of over 200 pieces of costume clothing, accessories and props. The majority were made for Prass by her mother, Mathilde Muller Whitney, for performances at the University of Chicago.
Formats
Digital
Archives & Manuscripts
Photographs
Subjects
University of Chicago
Theater
Salloch Collection of People with Books Salloch, William and Marianne, Collection of Prints and Drawings: People with Books. 1500-1814
The eight prints and drawings in the collection depict people reading or holding books in various settings. The works date from the 16th through 19th centuries. Two etchings by Rembrandt are included.
Formats
Digital
Images
Subjects
Art
History of Print
Brighton Park, prepared by Department of Sociology, The University of Chicago Social Scientists Map Chicago
Geographer Chauncy Harris often argued that Chicago in the first half of the 20th century was the most studied city in the world. This claim is unprovable, but there were certainly an enormous number of scholarly studies of Chicago between the 1920s and the middle of the 20th century. Many of these included maps.
Formats
Digital
Maps
Subjects
Sociology
Political Science
American History
Chicago and Illinois
Maps
Engraving of the Colosseum The Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae
A digital version of the Library's extensive collection of Antonio Lafreri's Renaissance-era Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae prints and maps which depicted major monuments and antiquities in Rome. The site also contains a set of virtual itineraries through Rome, guided by scholars from around the country.
Formats
Digital
Images
Maps
Subjects
Classics
European History
Art
Architecture
Photofiles-Mary Calvert at telescope The University of Chicago Photographic Archive
Ongoing project to digitize the Archival Photographic Files which contain more than 60,000 images and are the principal archive of historic photographs of individuals, buildings, and events associated with the University of Chicago.
Formats
Digital
Images
Photographs
Subjects
University of Chicago
Architecture
Madeline Wallin Papers Wallin, Madeline. Papers, 1887-1955
Madeline Wallin was one of the first female graduate students at the University of Chicago. A student of political science, she received her Ph.M. in 1893. Contains personal correspondence, graduate school papers, articles, and photographs. Includes accounts of student life at the new University of Chicago and material relating to the University of Chicago Settlement League.
Formats
Digital
Archives & Manuscripts
Subjects
Women's Studies
University of Chicago
Ida B. Wells Campaign Card Wells, Ida B. Papers, 1884-1976
Ida B. Wells, (1862-1931) teacher, journalist and anti-lynching activist. Paper contain correspondence, manuscript of Crusade for Justice: the Autobiography of Ida B. Wells, diaries, copies of articles and speeches by Wells, articles and accounts about Wells, newspapers clippings, and photographs.
Formats
Digital
Archives & Manuscripts
Subjects
Women's Studies
Chicago and Illinois
African-American Studies
World's Columbian Exposition - Java Theater World's Columbian Exposition. Records, 1891-1895
This collection includes documents and ephemera from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. It includes photographs, newspaper clippings, reports, guides, and visitor memorabilia.
Formats
Digital
Archives & Manuscripts
Books & Journals
Photographs
Subjects
Chicago and Illinois