Upcoming Exhibits

Winter Quarter 2020

Expanding Sources: Recent Additions to Special Collections
January 6, 2020 - April 24, 2020

As academic fields expand and diversify, Special Collections is building collections to support these new directions. Researchers are drawing on original materials in many areas including race and gender, cinema and media, graphic design, arts practice, and cross-cultural global studies. This exhibition displays recent acquisitions with research potential for a range of disciplines. The materials represent many formats, including children’s books, family letters, journals, fine book design, posters, research notes, clothing, board games, and printed ephemera.

The newly acquired materials on display will support a wide array of studies: A medieval breviary prayer book bound in a flapped parchment case. The Library’s earliest Russian translation of Homer, published in 1776-1778. An engaging board game from the 1960s promoting careers for young girls. A selection of colorful Chicago jazz posters from concerts, festivals, and performances by individual artists. Two books from the turn of the 20th century promoting the sport of golf for women. A group of imaginatively designed books about dinosaurs for children. The wedding dress worn by Eva Overton, wife of Dr. Julian H. Lewis and daughter of Anthony Overton, founder of the leading African American newspaper, the Chicago Bee. Booklets on Chicago housing and neighborhood integration. Publications documenting experiences of the LGBTQ community. A leather-bound copy of Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene with an Arts and Crafts-style design by Ethel Taunton. An early 20th–century album with photographs of immigrant residents of Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. A collection of pamphlets, buttons, and posters from socialist and progressive causes and local political campaigns. Research papers on sickle cell anemia and malaria by Dr. James Bowman, the first tenured African American professor in the University of Chicago's Biological Sciences Division.

Spring-Summer Quarters 2020

Nikkei South Side: Japanese and Japanese Americans in Hyde Park and its Vicinity
May 11, 2020 - August 28, 2020

Chicago’s South Side is known for many things; less known is its long-standing relation to Japan. Beginning with the year 1893 (which marked the founding of the Japanese Garden in Jackson Park, as well as the University of Chicago’s first conferral of a doctoral degree—upon the Japanese student Eiji Asada), this exhibit traces the history of Japanese and Japanese Americans in the Hyde Park area.

Autumn Quarter 2020

The Joseph Regenstein Library - 50th Anniversary
September 14, 2020 - December 11, 2020

The autumn quarter of 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the University of Chicago's Joseph Regenstein Library in October 1970. Designed by Walter Netsch of Skidmore Owings & Merrill, the new central library building consolidated research collections from across the campus and integrated them effectively with contemporary reading rooms, classrooms, and study spaces.

The planning and construction of Regenstein Library were made possible by the leadership of President Edward H. Levi and Library Director Herman Fussler and the generous support of Florence Lowden Miller and Helen Regenstein. Along with other donors, Helen and Ruth Regenstein and the Regenstein family also played a central role in supporting the growth and enhancement of the rare book collections. This exhibition will present manuscripts, photographs, and architectural plans documenting the creation of Regenstein and display highlights of significant rare books in the Regenstein collections that have been added to the Library's research and teaching resources.