University of Chicago Special Collections Research Center

University of Chicago Special Collections Research Center The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center is home to the University of Chicago Library’s rare books, archives, and manuscripts.

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A warm welcome to our newest staff member, Jordan Wright! Jordan (they/them) is our new Reader Services & Administrative...
10/06/2021

A warm welcome to our newest staff member, Jordan Wright! Jordan (they/them) is our new Reader Services & Administrative Assistant and will play an important role in ensuring that visits to our reading room are positive and productive for all.

A warm welcome to our newest staff member, Jordan Wright! Jordan (they/them) is our new Reader Services & Administrative Assistant and will play an important role in ensuring that visits to our reading room are positive and productive for all.

This 1960s handwritten Libro de Cocina from #Mexico contains an appealing array of favorite recipes: chiles en nogada, m...
09/29/2021

This 1960s handwritten Libro de Cocina from #Mexico contains an appealing array of favorite recipes: chiles en nogada, molotes, atole blanco, bolitas de ajonjolí, omelet de cuaresma, mousse de sidra y canela, bacalao navideño, and more. Yum! http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11735820 #HispanicHeritageMonth

We've missed you!
09/27/2021

We've missed you!

We bid farewell to Assistant University Archivist, Eileen Ielmini, this month as she embarked on an out-of-state move. T...
09/22/2021

We bid farewell to Assistant University Archivist, Eileen Ielmini, this month as she embarked on an out-of-state move. To celebrate her many years of service to the department, we are sharing some of her favorite items in our collections: posters from the R. Howard Courtney Collection, and a spittoon made for the 1893 Columbian Exposition from the Ian Mueller Collection of Chicago Memorabilia. #staffpicks #worldsfair #columbianexposition #WWI

Timeline Photos
09/15/2021

Timeline Photos

The BMRC invites you to join us for our Fellows Presentation Series featuring seven current fellows sharing their research pursuits and findings with us.

9/15 @1 PM; 9/29 @ 3:30 PM and 10/13 @12 PM
RSVP "Fellows" to [email protected] for Zoom links

Starting Monday, September 13th, we will be extending our research hours!Our research hours will be as follows:Mondays 1...
09/10/2021
Reading Room Access - The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center - The University of Chicago Library

Starting Monday, September 13th, we will be extending our research hours!

Our research hours will be as follows:

Mondays 12pm - 3pm
Tuesdays 12pm - 3pm
Wednesdays 12pm - 3pm
Thursdays 12pm - 3pm
Fridays 9:30am - 12:30pm

Reservations are limited to current faculty, staff, and students.

Make a reservation on our website and come see us!

The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collection Research Center reading room is open by appointment only to current University of Chicago faculty, students, and staff. Research appointments are three hour blocks. Requests for materials must be submitted at least one business day before appointments.

We would love to see a National Historical Park dedicated to Julius Rosenwald. Learn more about him and his "give while ...
09/06/2021

We would love to see a National Historical Park dedicated to Julius Rosenwald. Learn more about him and his "give while you live" philosophy in our collection: https://bit.ly/3kRWIhC

MSJE is proud to be joining the effort to promote the creation of a National Historical Park honoring Julius Rosenwald and the Rosenwald Schools.

The campaign seeks to promote the establishment of a multi-site National Park celebrating the life and legacy of Julius Rosenwald, the son of Jewish immigrants who, after achieving great wealth leading Sears, Roebuck and Company, became a visionary philanthropist. It will be the only national park honoring a Jewish American.

Julius Rosenwald partnered with African American communities across the South to build schoolhouses for children who otherwise would have had extremely limited access to the public education to which they were entitled. As envisioned by the Campaign, the park will include a visitor center in Chicago to focus on Rosenwald’s overall contributions and a number of restored schoolhouses in several states to be selected by the National Park Service.

Most of the 5,000+ schools that Rosenwald helped fund were located in the 13 states our museum covers. His legacy of philanthropy and civic activism was later carried on by his daughter, Edith Rosenwald Stern, who lived in New Orleans.

Learn more here: https://www.rosenwaldpark.org/

Katherine Dunham was a UChicago alumna!
09/03/2021

Katherine Dunham was a UChicago alumna!

Chicago Avant Garde: Five Women Ahead of Their Time. Exhibit runs from Friday, September 10 – Thursday, December 30, 2021
Hosted by The Newberry Library, a BMRC member.

Chicago Avant-Garde tells the story of five women who took radical risks in their lives and in their art: artist Gertrude Abercrombie, poet Gwendolyn Brooks, choreographers Katherine Dunham and Ruth Page, and dealer-curator Katharine Kuh. Inspired and challenged by Chicago, they helped transform the city into a hub of avant-garde experimentation.

Focusing on the 1930s through the 1950s—a time when Americans endured the Great Depression, ongoing racial segregation and violence, World War II, and repressive accusations of Communist influence—Chicago Avant-Garde examines how these five women subverted convention and found freedom in art.

LEARN MORE: https://www.newberry.org/chicago-avant-garde
COST: Free and open to all

Timeline Photos
09/01/2021

Timeline Photos

Please join us in welcoming Paul Alivisatos on his first day as the 14th president of #UChicago.

Ed Asner pictured at the award ceremony where he received the Glorious Gargoyle Award from the University Theater in 199...
08/30/2021

Ed Asner pictured at the award ceremony where he received the Glorious Gargoyle Award from the University Theater in 1996. #RIPEdAsner

.The University of Chicago Library is a cosponsor of ZINEmercado Sunday, August 29th, 11-5 pm in Logan Square (2579 N. M...
08/18/2021

.The University of Chicago Library is a cosponsor of ZINEmercado Sunday, August 29th, 11-5 pm in Logan Square (2579 N. Milwaukee). Stop by the Library's table and learn more about our #zine collection! #zinemercado

.The University of Chicago Library is a cosponsor of ZINEmercado Sunday, August 29th, 11-5 pm in Logan Square (2579 N. Milwaukee). Stop by the Library's table and learn more about our #zine collection! #zinemercado

Covid 2025: Our World in the Next 5 Years
08/13/2021
Covid 2025: Our World in the Next 5 Years

Covid 2025: Our World in the Next 5 Years

Coronavirus is changing life as we know it on a daily basis. But what will our world look like in the next five years? How will the pandemic permanently resh...

08/09/2021

Everyday is #BookLoversDay in Special Collections! This is a 2007 facsimilie of a 15th century manuscript, Chansonnier de Jean de Montchenu https://bit.ly/3iyJqXz

Photos from UChicago College's post
07/30/2021

Photos from UChicago College's post

Timeline Photos
07/28/2021

Timeline Photos

Eileen Southern, AB’40, AM’41, was a “quiet revolutionary” in American musicology. http://ms.spr.ly/6180V27jq

Timeline Photos
07/16/2021

Timeline Photos

Campus vaccination policy update: #UChicago announced today that every University employee is expected to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they cannot do so because of a medical or religious reason or other authorized exemptions. Read the full message here: http://ms.spr.ly/6185nwZnX

Further details on vaccine requirements, procedures and other #COVID19 related resources including an FAQ can be found here: http://ms.spr.ly/6186nwZnk

New web exhibit! The Thomas E. Wilson Family Collection provides a snapshot of one family-owned meatpacking business in ...
07/14/2021

New web exhibit! The Thomas E. Wilson Family Collection provides a snapshot of one family-owned meatpacking business in Chicago during the first half of the twentieth century. Fun fact: #WilsonSportingGoods started as a subsidiary of Wilson & Co.! https://lib.uchicago.edu/collex/exhibits/meatpacking-midwest-thomas-e-wilson-family-collection/

New web exhibit! The Thomas E. Wilson Family Collection provides a snapshot of one family-owned meatpacking business in Chicago during the first half of the twentieth century. Fun fact: #WilsonSportingGoods started as a subsidiary of Wilson & Co.! https://lib.uchicago.edu/collex/exhibits/meatpacking-midwest-thomas-e-wilson-family-collection/

This week is Director and University Archivist Dan Meyer’s last week at the UChicago Library. Dr. Meyer is retiring afte...
07/08/2021
Special Collections, Special Director - Special Collections, Special Director - The University of Chicago Library

This week is Director and University Archivist Dan Meyer’s last week at the UChicago Library. Dr. Meyer is retiring after 35 years of service to the University of Chicago. To celebrate, we made an exhibit of Dan’s favorite items in Special Collections: https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/collex/exhibits/special-collections-special-director

Daniel Meyer, Director of the Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center Dan was appointed Assistant Curator of Special Collections and University Archivist in 1986. He was subsequently named Associate Curator and Associate Director of Special Collections, and in 2012 became Director of....

Portrait from the Jerry Cohen Photograph Collection. Cohen was a photographer and activist who helped found over a dozen...
06/30/2021

Portrait from the Jerry Cohen Photograph Collection. Cohen was a photographer and activist who helped found over a dozen organizations and held leadership positions in Chicago’s #LGBTQ community from the late 1960s through the early 1990s. The collection documents aspects of gay community life in Chicago from the mid-1970s to the late 1980s.

Learn more: https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/scrc/findingaids/view.php?eadid=ICU.SPCL.COHENJ

#Pride #ChicagoHistory

Portrait from the Jerry Cohen Photograph Collection. Cohen was a photographer and activist who helped found over a dozen organizations and held leadership positions in Chicago’s #LGBTQ community from the late 1960s through the early 1990s. The collection documents aspects of gay community life in Chicago from the mid-1970s to the late 1980s.

Learn more: https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/scrc/findingaids/view.php?eadid=ICU.SPCL.COHENJ

#Pride #ChicagoHistory

Daniel Meyer, Director of the Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, to retire in July. Meyer will reti...
06/29/2021
Daniel Meyer, Director of the Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, to retire in July

Daniel Meyer, Director of the Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, to retire in July. Meyer will retire after a distinguished 35-year career at the University of Chicago Library. https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/about/news/daniel-meyer-director-hanna-holborn-gray-special-collection-research-center-retire-july/

Meyer will retire after a distinguished 35-year career at the University of Chicago Library.

Do I need a vaccine if I’ve already had COVID-19?
06/18/2021
Do I need a vaccine if I’ve already had COVID-19?

Do I need a vaccine if I’ve already had COVID-19?

A University of Chicago doctor answers common questions about the COVID-19 vaccines and whether or not they’re needed, especially if you’ve already had COVID-19.

Just a reminder that the library will be expanding services starting this Monday, with additional services coming in a s...
06/11/2021
Expanded Library services for Summer and Autumn

Just a reminder that the library will be expanding services starting this Monday, with additional services coming in a second phase later this summer.

Expanded Library services for the summer will be rolled out in two phases.

John N. Maclean, son of writer Norman Maclean, has written a new book about his family and their connection to Montana's...
06/09/2021
The backstory for ‘A River Runs Through It’ has arrived, 45 years later

John N. Maclean, son of writer Norman Maclean, has written a new book about his family and their connection to Montana's Blackfoot River. For even more backstory on "A River Runs Through It," you can consult Norman Maclean's personal papers here at the UChicago Library:
https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/scrc/findingaids/view.php?eadid=ICU.SPCL.MACLEANN

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/home-waters-john-maclean/2021/06/01/62038dbe-c271-11eb-9a8d-f95d7724967c_story.html

John Maclean’s “Home Waters” is about life in Montana, and his father’s famous book.

Today we remember those who died while serving in the armed forces. Originally celebrated in the years following the Ame...
05/31/2021

Today we remember those who died while serving in the armed forces. Originally celebrated in the years following the American Civil War, Memorial Day became an official holiday in 1971.

The first image is of a woman grieving at a grave from the Lincoln Collection, Currier and Ives Lithographs 1844-1890. The second image is sheet music for "Decoration Day" from the Lincoln Collection Sheet Music 1836-1878

Just a reminder to tune in tonight at 8pm!
05/21/2021

Just a reminder to tune in tonight at 8pm!

We are the proud curators of the Ida B. Wells collection https://bit.ly/3ylxNcf, and will definitely be tuning in to WTTW - Chicago PBS on Friday.

There are few Chicago historical figures whose life and work speak to the current moment more than Ida B. Wells, the 19th century crusading investigative journalist, civil rights leader, and passionate suffragist. In the wake of her recent posthumous Pulitzer Prize citation, Chicago street naming, and the release of a revealing new biography by her great-granddaughter, WTTW brings you a new Chicago Stories special that tells her story as never before.

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