After 51 years, the Seminary Co-op Bookstore left cherished home in the basement of the former Chicago Theological Seminary. The importance of the Co-op in the history of the University and for the greater Chicago and intellectual community warranted a significant effort to document it before it began the next phase of its life and to renew interest in this valuable asset on Chicago's South Side. The project aimed to produce a rich archive of the Co-op and capture a sense of its life and meaning. The Co-ops employees and patrons over its long life have stories to share about their relationship to the Co-op, what it means to them and why this bookstore is truly unique and important not just for Chicago, but also for the global literary and intellectual community.
The Seminary Co-op Documentary Project: Capturing the Bookstores Distinctive Character and History
April 1, 2013
July 31, 2013
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center