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C. Philip Miller and Florence Lowden Miller Bookplate Books from a Friend: The Old Northwest Depicted from the Collection of Florence Lowden Miller
This exhibit showcases rare books and maps from the Collection which record the exploration and settlement in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries early travelers to the American Midwest.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — Jan. 1, 1989
Subjects
American History
Default Placeholder Photo Collecting Western Americana: Books from the Library of John Blew
This exhibition examines the work of several important nineteenth-century publishers who edited historical documents of the American West and made them available to a broad audience of readers and scholars.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Feb. 1 — April 30, 2002
Subjects
American History
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
University of Chicago
Environmental Studies
Organismal Biology
American History
Encountering the American West Encountering the American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820
This exhibition explores the fascinating history of this first American west from the beginning of European American settlement to the end of the frontier period. Includes interrelated themes such as the contrast between native and European American attitudes toward the land, the encounters and confrontations of the pioneer migration era, the role of politics on the early frontier, and the shaping of Western cultural and social institutions.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Feb. 1 — April 30, 2002
Subjects
American History
Matty's hot dog stand From Sausage to Hot Dogs: The Evolution of an Icon
The hot dog is an American creation, and Chicago even has its own style. But where did this popular food come from and how did it develop? This exhibit looks to the hot dog's origins in sausage-making practices brought by European immigrants to the Midwest.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor
Oct. 29 — Dec. 31, 2013
Subjects
Technology
American History
In Lincoln's Time In Lincoln's Time: Sources on 19th century America in the William E. Barton Collection
The exhibition is the first public presentation of the William E. Barton Collection of Lincolniana, and present a balanced account of Lincoln's life in his own work through books, manuscripts, autograph letters, portraits, and artifacts.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
May 1 — Sept. 30, 1986
Subjects
American History
Kentucky and the Revolutionary Era Exhibit Kentucky and the Revolutionary Era, 1770-1815: An Essay Prepared by William T. Hutchinson on the Occasion of an Exhibition of Manuscripts and Early Printed Books from the Reuben T. Durrett Collection
Showcasing the Reuben T. Durrett Collection, which records the early history of trans-Appalachian settlement of Kentucky and the Ohio River valley.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — Feb. 28, 1978
Subjects
American History
Ludwig Rosenberger Collection of Judaica Exhibit The Ludwig Rosenberger Collection of Judaica: A Selection Exhibited at the Joseph Regenstein Library
This exhibition features 126 items from the Rosenberger Collection, arranged in three sections that correspond to emphases in the collection: Pre-Emancipation, 1200-1777; The Enlightenment and Emancipation, 16656-1858; and The Modern World, 1840-1940.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
March 1 — May 31, 1976
Subjects
Jewish Studies
European History
American History
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
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
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
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
Special Collections Research Center
July 22 — Oct. 4, 2013
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Subjects
Special Collections
American History
Chicago and Illinois
Stephen A. Douglas Stephen A. Douglas and the American Union
The life and career of Senator Stephen A. Douglas (1813-1861), a leader in the struggle to preserve the federal union from the dissolution of civil war, is the subject of this exhibition. Drawn from the Douglas papers and other printed, manuscript and archival holdings, the exhibition marks the Douglas family's recent gift of significant additional materials.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Feb. 1 — June 1, 1994
Subjects
American History