The Gold Coast and the Slum

The Gold Coast and the Slum is the quintessential example of a dissertation project that became a classic book. Graduate student Harvey Zorbaugh undertook to study a somewhat shabby rooming house district a few blocks north of the Loop, what he came to call the world of furnished rooms. As he got deeper into his research, he discovered that this district was sandwiched between two radically different communities, the wealthy mansions to the east and the poverty-stricken immigrant slum to the west.

Map of the Gold Coast

1923
Ernest Watson Burgess Papers

The Gold Coast and the Slum

Book Jacket, 1929
University of Chicago Press Records

Photograph used as Illustrations in The Gold Coast and the Slum

c1929
University of Chicago Press Records

Photograph used as Illustrations in The Gold Coast and the Slum
c1929

University of Chicago Press Records