University Archives


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Archives Digital Sources

University of Chicago Photographic Archive
University of Chicago Campus Publications
Dean John Boyer essays on University of Chicago history, 1996-2016

Archives Print Sources

University-Related Reports, Magazines, Journals, and Periodicals
University History Bibliography

Donating and Transferring Materials to the Archives

Donating Faculty Papers
Donating Student Material

Transferring Administrative Files
Regulations Governing Access to Official Records

Archives Web Exhibits

University History
The Berlin Collection
Building for a Long Future: The University of Chicago and Its Donors, 1889-1930
A Library for All Time: The History of the John Crerar Library
The Presidents of the University of Chicago: A Centennial View
The University of Chicago Faculty: A Centennial View
University of Chicago Law School Time Capsules: 1903 & 1958

Student Life and Community
Closeted/Out on the Quadrangles: A History of LGBTQ Life at the University of Chicago
Ghosts of the Past: Early Students at the University of Chicago
Integrating the Life of the Mind: African Americans at the University of Chicago, 1870-1940
Life on the Quads: A Centennial View of the University of Chicago
Souvenirs! Get Your Souvenirs! Chicago Mementos and Memorabilia
The University and the City: A Centennial View of the University of Chicago
On Equal Terms: Educating Women at the University of Chicago
We Are Chicago: Student Life in the Collections of the University of Chicago Archives

Alma Lach's Kitchen: Transforming Taste
I Step Out of Myself: Portrait Photography in Special Collections
Enrico Fermi and the Nuclear Chain Reaction
Envisioning South Asia: Texts, Scholarship, Legacies
Firmness, Commodity, and Delight: Architecture in Special Collections
Mapping the Young Metropolis: The Chicago School of Sociology, 1915-1940
Red Press: Radical Print Culture from St. Petersburg to Chicago
Researching Mexico: University of Chicago Field Explorations in Mexico, 1896-2014

About the University of Chicago Archives

The University Archives documents the history of the University of Chicago, the work of its faculty, and the life of the academic community. The University Archives acquires and preserves materials in all formats, including electronic and digital. University Archives collections include records of the University administration and academic units; papers of faculty members, trustees, administrators, students, and alumni; publications; photographs; video and film; sound recordings; and memorabilia. The current extent of the University Archives collections is 54,520 linear feet.

The Archives collections are particularly strong in the history of sociology, anthropology, political science, social service administration, physics, astrophysics, geophysical sciences, law, history of religions, and the history of philosophy and education.

Collections include the professional papers of twenty Nobel Prize laureates in the fields of Chemistry, Economics, Literature, Medicine, and Physics. Among the Nobel laureates represented are Enrico Fermi, James Franck, Saul Bellow, S. Chandrasekhar, Charles Huggins, Yoichiro Nambu, Ronald Coase, Robert Mulliken, Gary Becker, and George Stigler.

Faculty collections include professional papers of William Rainey Harper, Marion Talbot, George Herbert Mead, Robert Park, Edith Abbott, Ernest W. Burgess, Robert M. Hutchins, John Matthews Manly, Edith Rickert, Ernest W. Burgess, Frank Knight, Edward H. Levi, Robert Redfield, Soia Mentschikoff, Sol Tax, Leo Strauss, Helen Harris Perlman, Mircea Eliade, Mary Jean Bowman, Allison Davis, Miriam Hansen, Clifford Geertz, and Janet Rowley, among others.

The Archives collects the records of student organizations and the papers of alumni, campus publications including the student newspaper and yearbook, electronic and digital files, documentary films and photographs of the campus, and athletic records.