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Adaptations of Augie March The Adaptations of Augie March: A Novel By Saul Bellow, A Play By David Auburn, A Production Directed By Charles Newell, An Exhibition by Special Collections & Court Theatre
Saul Bellow’s 1953 masterpiece, The Adventures of Augie March, launched his reputation as a novelist and established the future Nobel Laureate's literary renown. Court Theatre commissioned the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright David Auburn, AB ‘91, to adapt Augie March for its stage. This exhibit follows the successive transformations of Bellow's text as Auburn and Director Charles Newell work with their creative team to bring the play to life.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
April 29 — Aug. 30, 2019
Subjects
Literature
Default Placeholder Photo African-American Studies: Resources in the University of Chicago Library
This exhibition explores the University of Chicago Library's broad array of research materials documenting African-American history and culture.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Feb. 1 — June 1, 1999
Subjects
African-American Studies
Default Placeholder Photo Arcangela Tarabotti: A Literary Nun in Baroque Venice
The exhibition focuses on the writing and cultural context of Arcangela Tarabotti, a Benedictine nun who published defenses of women that protested against social injustice, especially that of forced religious vocations.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
April 1 — Aug. 31, 1997
Subjects
Women's Studies
Italian Literature
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
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
March 1 — June 30, 2009
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Subjects
Advertising
Chicago and Illinois
Bernard Weinberg Tribute Bernard Weinberg, 1909-1973: A Tribute and a Bibliography
An exhibition of Italian and French Books of the Renaissance from the Bequest of Bernard Weinberg, University of Chicago scholar and teacher.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 31, 1974
Subjects
Italian Literature
French Literature
BMRC exhibit thumbnail The Black Metropolis Research Consortium: Fifteen Years of Preserving and Documenting Black History and Culture in Chicago
The Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) is a Chicago-based membership association that aids in expanding broad access to its members’ holdings of materials that document African American and African diasporic history, politics and culture, with a specific focus on materials relating to Chicago. Our members include universities, libraries, museums, community, arts-based and government archives. It is the mission of the BMRC to connect all who seek to document, share, understand and preserve Black experiences. In 2021, the BMRC celebrates its 15th anniversary. This exhibit documents the origins of the BMRC, its efforts to aid discoverability and access to Black historical collections, and the consortium’s flagship Summer Short-term Fellowship and Archie Motley Archival Internship programs.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 25 — April 30, 2021
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Subjects
History
African-American Studies
American History
blair.jpg Blair Through the Ages: An Exhibition in Memory of Walter Blair
This exhibition surveys the work of Walter Blair (A.M. '26, Ph.D. '31), Professor Emeritus in English Language & Literature, who died on June 29, 1992. Blair was one of the first scholars to focus on American humor, and he was also an editor of Mark Twain.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Dec. 1 — Feb. 1, 1993
Subjects
Literature
vanvechten.jpg Carl Van Vechten
Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964, University of Chicago Ph.B. '03), arts critic, novelist and photographer, played an important role in the American literary and arts scene of the 1920s through the 1940s. In addition to the acclaim he received for his own work, Van Vechten was instrumental in promoting the careers of other writers and artists, among them Langston Hughes, Gertrude Stein and Wallace Stevens.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
July 1 — Oct. 1, 1994
Subjects
American Literature
Photography
Default Placeholder Photo A Central European Life in an Age of Crisis: Camill Hoffmann, 1878-1944
This exhibition traces the life of Camill Hoffmann (1878-1944), a poet, editor, translator and Czech diplomat, from avant-garde Austria to the fate of a Jewish intellectual under the Nazis.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — Dec. 1, 2001
Subjects
Literature
City Lights Pocket Poet Series City Lights Pocket Poets Series 1955-2005: From the Collection of Donald A. Henneghan
This exhibition, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Pocket Poets Series.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Oct. 1 — Jan. 1, 2006
Subjects
Literature
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
Lewis.jpg Expanding Sources: Recent Additions to Special Collections [Temporarily Closed]
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
Subjects
University of Chicago Library
Chicago and Illinois
University of Chicago
David in Prayer from a French Book of Hours French and Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts from Chicago Collections: An Exhibition in Honor of the 44th Annual Meeting of the Mediaeval Academy of America
Manuscripts from the Newberry Library, the University of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and private collections were displayed at the Newberry Library in conjunction with the Medieval Society of America.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
April 1 — May 31, 1969
Subjects
French Literature
Special Collections
From Poetry to Verse From Poetry to Verse: The Making of Modern Poetry
This exhibition documents the process of bringing new poetry to the public in all its various formats. Drawing upon the archives of Poetry, Chicago Review, Big Table, Verse, LVNG, and the papers of The Poetry Center of Chicago, the exhibit tracks the evolution and changing character of poetry from 1912 to the present.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Sept. 1 — Feb. 28, 2006
Subjects
Literature
The Good Natur'd Man The Good Natur'd Man: Oliver Goldsmith; A Bicentennial Celebration
This exhibition honors the scholarship and teaching of Arthur Friedman, distinguished University of Chicago English Department faculty member and editor of The Collected Works of Oliver Goldsmith.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — Feb. 28, 1975
Subjects
English Literature
Helen and Ruth Regenstein Exhibit The Helen and Ruth Regenstein Collection of Rare Books
This exhibition marks a decade of building the Helen and Ruth Regenstein Collection of Rare Books, which was established to enhance the Library's strong collection of English and American literature.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — Jan. 31, 1976
Subjects
English Literature
helen_ruth_regenstein_recent.jpg The Helen and Ruth Regenstein Collection of Rare Books: Recent Additions
To mark the fifth anniversary of the death of Mrs. Helen Regenstein and to chart the growth of the collection of rare books that her generosity and vision made possible, the department of Special Collections presents this exhibit representing acquisitions to the collection since her death.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — Jan. 1, 1988
Subjects
Literature
Special Collections
Huidobro Vicente Huidobro Vicente in Avant-Garde
This major exhibition of photographs, manuscripts and books traces the life and work of the avant-garde poet Vicente Huidobo (1893-1948).
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — March 1, 1988
Subjects
Art
Spanish Literature
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
clowes thumb.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
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
March 28 — June 17, 2016
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Subjects
History of Print
American Literature
Italian Drama of the Renaissance Exhibit Program Italian Drama of the Renaissance: An Exhibition of Books from the Collection of the University of Chicago Library
This exhibition highlights the University's strong collection of Renaissance drama, which "includes some of the rarest editions of Italian plays ... and examples of every known dramatic genre from the sixteenth century to the middle of the eighteenth century" and recognizes the gifts of Louis H. Silver, Ira J. Hechler, and Howard Weingrow.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — Dec. 31, 1961
Subjects
Italian Literature
Theater
Julius Rosenwald Exhibit Program Julius Rosenwald 1862-1932: An exhibition honoring the One Hundredth Anniversary of his birth
This exhibition commemorates the centennial of the birth of Julius Rosenwald, president and chairman of the board of Sears, Roebuck & Co., and a major philanthropist in support of progressive and social welfare reforms.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Jan. 31, 1962
Subjects
Chicago and Illinois
Jewish Studies
Social Services
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
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
June 22 — Sept. 11, 2015
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Subjects
Sociology
Chicago and Illinois
Marianne Moore Harriet Marianne Moore and Harriet Monroe: The Poet, The Critic, and Poetry
A revealing glimpse at the artistic and critical tensions between Marianne Moore, the poet, and Harriet Monroe, critic and founding editor of the Chicago-based Poetry magazine, this exhibition also celebrates the seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
May 1 — June 30, 1987
Subjects
Literature
Default Placeholder Photo Marianne Moore: Vision into Verse
The thirty-three poems by Marianne Moore in the exhibition were chosen to illustrate the poet's transformation of visual images into poetic form.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
May 1 — July 1, 1987
Subjects
Literature
Default Placeholder Photo Mark Twain
Mark Twain
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 31, 1978
Subjects
American Literature
Meaning of Dictionaries Exhibit The Meaning of Dictionaries
The exhibit features historical dictionaries from the Special Collections Research Center's holdings, as well as archival materials such as correspondence, page proofs, word citation cards, photographs and other items from the University of Chicago Press Records covering the making of The Dictionary of American English and Dictionary of Americanisms.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
March 1 — July 31, 2007
Subjects
English Literature
History
Default Placeholder Photo A Medium for Modernism: British Poetry and American Audiences
This exhibition examines the concept of literary modernism as it developed through exchanges between British poets and American audiences. Included are manuscripts and letters by Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, and W. B. Yeats; printed books; recordings and other materials drawn from the Harriet Monroe Modern Poetry Collection and other Library collections.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
April 1 — Aug. 31, 1997
Subjects
English Literature
Montaigne in Print Exhibit Montaigne in Print: The Presentation of a Renaissance Text
Featuring editions of the Essais by French philosopher Michel de Montaigne, this exhibition explores the relationship between author, editor, printer, and the book as a physical object.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Oct. 1 — March 1, 1996
Subjects
French Literature
History of Print
My Life is an Open Book thumbnail My Life is an Open Book
A selections of zines that are draw from the creators' personal experiences.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 14 — April 13, 2013
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Subjects
Humanities
Literature
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
The Hanna Holborn Gray 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
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
Hours of Gladness On Reading Spring
"On Reading Spring" is divided into six thematic sections, each offering a discreet meditation on the unfolding of the season through experiences commonly ascribed to spring: Refreshment, Vulnerability, Epiphany, Restoration, Tenderness, and Joy. By pairing a selection of the Special Collections Research Center’s rare and unusual published works with archival letters, diaries, photographs, musical manuscripts and early drafts of poems composed between March and June, "On Reading Spring" considers the ways in which diverse works reveal a sympathetic vernal experience across disciplines, cultures, and time periods.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
April 6 — June 30, 2020
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Subjects
Music
Art
Literature
Photography
Very American Books Exhibit One Hundred Very American Books: Selected from the Epstein Collection
The selections in this exhibition from the private collection of Raymond Epstein were intended to present a range of our country's books and literature that have been read and loved by its people, but also to surprise and provoke readers.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 31, 1979
Subjects
American Literature
American Literature
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
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Feb. 28, 2009
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Subjects
Chicago and Illinois
American History
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Exhibit Planes, Trains and Automobile: The Transportation Revolution in Children's Picture Books
This exhibition reflects growing interest in the artistic and historical significance of children's literature. "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" examines how illustrators in several countries exploited the great changes in travel and transportation that succeeded the coming of the railroad.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
March 1 — Aug. 30, 1995
Subjects
Art
Literature
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
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Sept. 21 — Dec. 31, 2015
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Subjects
Literature
Gallery of Voices Poetry Magazine: A Gallery of Voices
This exhibition draws mainly on the unique historical portion of the Harriet Monroe Modern Poetry Collection, an archive of the tens of thousands of letters and manuscripts Monroe collected exchanged with poets and collected during her tenure as editor of Poetry Magazine.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
May 1 — Oct. 1, 1980
Subjects
Literature
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
The Hanna Holborn Gray 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
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Oct. 14 — Jan. 4, 2014
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Subjects
African-American Studies
Art
Default Placeholder Photo Samuel Johnson's Rasselas: From the Library of Gwin Kolb
Focused on nearly forty copies of variant editions of this work, the exhibit was scheduled to both mark the bicentenary of Samuel Johnson's death and the on-campus meeting of the Johnsonian Society.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 1, 1975
Subjects
English Literature
Souvenirs thumbnail Souvenirs! Get Your Souvenirs!
Souvenirs can come in all shapes and sizes; they can be simple or complex, tasteful or tacky. 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. It draws on collections throughout the Special Collections Research Center, catalyzed by the Ian Mueller Collection of Chicago Memorabilia.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
July 22 — Oct. 4, 2013
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Subjects
Special Collections
American History
Chicago and Illinois
Texts and their Transformations Texts and their Transformations: Continuity and Change in the Classical Tradition
Via manuscripts, printed editions, commentaries, works of criticism, translations and illustrations, Greek and Roman texts have inspired and provoked readers for thousands of years. The exhibition Texts and their Transformations: Continuity and Change in the Classical Tradition, embraces all these media and reactions from antiquity to the present day.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — Feb. 1, 1995
Subjects
Special Collections
Classics
Comparative Literature
Default Placeholder Photo Vachel Lindsay
Vachel Lindsay
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 31, 1979
Subjects
American Literature
Ida B. Wells A Voice for Justice: The Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells
This web exhibit showcases the achievements of civil rights activist Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) and documents her lifelong campaign for the rights and lives of African Americans in the nineteenth and twentieth-century United States of America.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
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Subjects
Chicago and Illinois
American History
African-American Studies
Default Placeholder Photo William Butler Yeats and Chicago
Offering a glimpse into the public life of Irish poet and dramatist William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939), this exhibition focuses on Yeat's three visits to Chicago.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — Jan. 1, 1994
Subjects
Literature
Default Placeholder Photo A World at Hand: German Almanache & TaschenbŸcher in the University of Chicago Library
An exhibition to mark the completion of volunteer and donor Bertold Regensteiner's inventory of the approximately 1500 volumes which make up the Library's collection of German Almanache & TaschenbŸcher.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Oct. 1 — Jan. 1, 1987
Subjects
German Literature
Default Placeholder Photo Writing for the Eyes from Antiquity to the Renaissance
Interactions between the visual and verbal arts are explored in this exhibition of illustrated texts that contain descriptions of actual or imagined works of art.
Locations
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
April 1 — Oct. 31, 2003
Subjects
Literature
Art