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Antiquarianism and Archeology: Publications of the Society of Dilettanti
The exhibit illustrates the growth of Dilettantism from self-indulgent pastime of the rich to a founding element of the scientific and historical study of antiquity. The books included in the exhibit reflect the character of both an emergent archeology and the social and cultural atmosphere which surrounded it.
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Feb. 1 — April 1, 1985
Oriental Institute James Henry Breasted Discovery, Collection, Memory: The Oriental Institute at 100
On the University of Chicago's Campus at 58th Street and University Avenue is one of the world's premier institutions for the study of the Ancient Middle East, the Oriental Institute. The OI has its roots alongside the very founding of the University of Chicago when President Harper mentored a young scholar named James Henry Breasted to pursue a degree in Egyptology. Breasted went on to direct the Haskell Museum around 1900 and secured funding from John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in May 1919 to begin the Oriental Institute. The OI has conducted 100 years of excavation, research, and scholarship. Focusing on the geographical areas of Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Afghanistan, OI scholars have worked rigorously to discover cultural heritage, decipher ancient languages, and to reconstruct the histories of long-lost civilizations. This exhibit remembers the OI's past through a collection of archival fragments, artifacts, and ephemera.
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
Sept. 16 — Dec. 13, 2019
Archaeology - Ancient Near East
University of Chicago