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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
Color Beauties of a Century of Progress Century of Progress: The 1933-34 World's Fair
Pamphlets selected from the Library's official collection of pamphlets, brochures, and booklets published specifically for the Century of Progress World's Fair between 1933 and 1935.
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Digital
Books & Journals
Subjects
American History
Chicago and Illinois
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
Sun Ra Chicago Jazz Archive
The collections span more than eight decades of Chicago and general jazz history. The collections include recordings, publications, photographs, articles, posters, programs, ticket stubs, and other ephemera of musicians, clubs, record companies, and jazz organizations.
Formats
Archives & Manuscripts
Audio
Music Scores
Subjects
Music
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
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
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
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.
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Digital
Archives & Manuscripts
Subjects
Chicago and Illinois
American History
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
Political Science
Sociology
American History
Chicago and Illinois
Maps
UNCAP Folders UNCAP: Uncovering New Chicago Archives Program
Electronic finding aids to contemporary poetry collections and the Chicago Jazz Archive at the University of Chicago Library and to important archival collections that chronicle Black Chicago from Chicago Defender, The DuSable Museum, The Vivan Harsh Collection of the Chicago Public Library, and the South Side Community Art Center.
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Archives & Manuscripts
Subjects
Chicago and Illinois
American History
African-American Studies
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
Not Your Sister (zine) Zines
The zine collection focuses on those related to Chicago, by or about people who have a relationship to the city. Collecting began in 2010.
Formats
Books & Journals
Subjects
Chicago and Illinois
History of Print
Literature