John Manfred Rise (1899-1970) was a student at the University of Chicago from 1918 to 1920. His donated papers provide an insight into student life at the University during the late ‘teens. In his letters to his mother and friends, he speaks of “typical” student life of the time. He notes the quality of campus food, the entertainment available in Hyde Park and surrounding areas, typical class work and lectures, and late night talks with friends. From these papers, one can gather ideas of early student life at the University and a sense of the character of the student experience.
The John Manfred Rise Papers may be viewed in the Special Collections Research Center in the University of Chicago Library.
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center