The Eighteenth Century Views of the Past

Eighteenth Century Views of the Past Exhibit

The strong tradition of 18th-century scholarship at the University of Chicago has resulted in deep and rich Library collections. This exhibition, organized in conjunction with the first visit to Chicago of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, includes historiographical and antiquarian works in the fields of history, literature, art, music, and science. The selections illustrate the 18th century's preoccupation with its own past as a way to understand the present; Adam Smith's An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776) provides an example of the use of the past for the improvement of the future.

Exhibit Publications & Documents

Online Exhibit Catalog
checklist w/ forward 49p. (perfect bound), $3.00