University of Chicago Special Collections Research Center

University of Chicago Special Collections Research Center The Special Collections Research Center is home to the University of Chicago Library’s rare books, archives, and manuscripts.
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Mission: The mission of the Special Collections Research Center, the principal repository for and steward of the Library's rare books, manuscripts, University Archives, and the Chicago Jazz Archives, is to provide primary sources to stimulate, enrich, and support research, teaching, learning, and administration at the University of Chicago. Special Collections makes these resources available to a broad constituency as part of the University's engagement with the larger community of scholars and independent researchers.

06/08/2020
Carla Hayden & Lonnie Bunch, Cultural Institutions at Times of Social Unrest

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden & the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Lonnie Bunch, Cultural Institutions at Times of Social Unrest

As part of our National Book Festival Presents series for June, "Connecting the World With Words," Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Smithsonian Institu...

Looking for ways to further educate yourself on police violence, educational inequity, and other forms of institutional ...
06/04/2020
11 books that examine the history of racism in America

Looking for ways to further educate yourself on police violence, educational inequity, and other forms of institutional racism? Check out this curated list from the University of Chicago Press.

11 books that examine the history of racism in America

A Red Record Tabulated Statistics and Alleged Causes of Lynchings in the United States, 1892-1893-1894 by #idabwells is ...
06/01/2020

A Red Record Tabulated Statistics and Alleged Causes of Lynchings in the United States, 1892-1893-1894 by #idabwells is available digitally to the campus community here: https://bit.ly/2ZY21Dq #BLM #blackhistorymatters.

#AnimalCrossing
05/28/2020

#AnimalCrossing

Prof. Tom Nook's Econ class on the Stalk Market may be full next quarter, but you can still bring a bit of #UChicago flair to your Animal Crossing home.

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Special thanks to Grace in UChicago Admissions for creating and sharing these designs!

UChicago Special Collections Research Center
05/25/2020
UChicago Special Collections Research Center

UChicago Special Collections Research Center

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

University of Chicago Alumna Dr. Nancy Grace Roman is to be honored by NASA in the naming of their newest telescope. Rom...
05/21/2020
NASA to name newest space telescope for pioneering female astronomer

University of Chicago Alumna Dr. Nancy Grace Roman is to be honored by NASA in the naming of their newest telescope. Roman graduated in 1949 and worked at Yerkes Observatory as a research partner with director William Morgan.

NASA will name its newest space telescope for pioneering astronomer Nancy Grace Roman - marking the first time in the agency's 62-year history that one of its major billion-dollar programs has been named for a woman. Roman, who overcame obstacles that women faced in her male-dominated field and at N...

#Spring has many meanings, among them refreshment. Here, a delicate, otherworldly 1901 image of Royal Fern shoots after ...
05/20/2020

#Spring has many meanings, among them refreshment. Here, a delicate, otherworldly 1901 image of Royal Fern shoots after rainfall from the UChicago Botany Department Records. Visit our web exhibit "On Reading Spring" for more reflections on the season: https://tinyurl.com/vflympb

Take a virtual tour of our campus neighbor, DuSable Museum of African American History. #InternationalMuseumDay
05/18/2020
A Virtual Visit to the DuSable Museum

Take a virtual tour of our campus neighbor, DuSable Museum of African American History. #InternationalMuseumDay

It was founded in the Bronzeville home of Margaret Burroughs and moved to a Park District building in 1973. We explore the DuSable Museum collection with CEO Perri Irmer as part of our series of virtual art tours.

The Library may be closed, but we continue to work hard to bring you more digital resources. 2240 photos of people from ...
05/15/2020

The Library may be closed, but we continue to work hard to bring you more digital resources. 2240 photos of people from The University of Chicago News Office have just been added to our online UChicago Photographic Archive. Here's your favorite UChicago College dean in 1987 looking jaunty.

http://photoarchive.lib.uchicago.edu/

Hannah Judd, a third-year graduate student in ethnomusicology, had the opportunity to think about the nature of archivin...
05/15/2020
What They Found in the Library | Tableau

Hannah Judd, a third-year graduate student in ethnomusicology, had the opportunity to think about the nature of archiving and “the very active role that people take in collecting and then distributing materials” as a Hanna Holborn Gray Graduate Student Fellow.

“It’s really easy to treat an archive as fixed,” says Hannah Judd, AM’19, “and the maker of it as impartial in a way that is not true.”

UChicago Alumni - did you lose your Convocation Program? Now you can find it online. Programs from 1893 to 2019 are onli...
05/12/2020
Convocation Programs Now Online

UChicago Alumni - did you lose your Convocation Program? Now you can find it online. Programs from 1893 to 2019 are online and searchable in our Campus Publications Database: https://bit.ly/3bs1Pyg

University of Chicago Convocation programs now available.

Are you missing the beautiful landscaping outside Regenstein Library? So are we! Maybe this jigsaw puzzle will help: htt...
05/11/2020
A Jigsaw Explorer Jigsaw Puzzle

Are you missing the beautiful landscaping outside Regenstein Library? So are we! Maybe this jigsaw puzzle will help: https://jigex.com/ha82. Share your time below!

This jigsaw puzzle is presented within Jigsaw Explorer's premium jigsaw puzzle web app. Anyone can use this web app to play their own photos as jigsaw puzzles, or choose from the thousands of beautiful jigsaw puzzles available at the Jigsaw Explorer website.

The University of Chicago Library
05/04/2020
The University of Chicago Library

The University of Chicago Library

Ida B. Wells just received a posthumous special citation from the board of the Pulitzer Prizes for her outstanding and courageous reporting on the horrific and vicious violence against African Americans during the era of lynching.
https://www.pulitzer.org/winners/ida-b-wells

Learn more about Wells by viewing the Library’s web exhibit “A Voice for Justice: The Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells,” at https://bit.ly/ibw-exhibit

Our Special Collections Research Center is the home of the Ida B. Wells Papers. Find out about the contents of the papers, and see digitized items from the collection at http://bit.ly/2uTR0CR

05/01/2020
The 5-Minute History of Paper Marbling

Start your Friday with something beautiful. Elizabeth Frengel, Curator of Rare Books, offers us this mini lesson on the history of paper marbling.

Happy to do our bit.
04/30/2020
The University of Chicago Library

Happy to do our bit.

PPE supplies that would normally be used to clean mold spores from medieval manuscripts, protect researchers from particles of preserved skeletons, and reshape galleries to fit new exhibitions are now helping to save lives.

Patti Gibbons, Head of Collection Management in the Library's Special Collections Research Center, initially reached out to Assistant Professor of Medicine Brian Callender to see if their supplies would be useful.

Spring has always been a time of change, upheaval, and transformation. Join us all day tomorrow on Twitter (@uchicagoscr...
04/29/2020

Spring has always been a time of change, upheaval, and transformation. Join us all day tomorrow on Twitter (@uchicagoscrc) as Jessica Seet, Reader Services & Administrative Assistant, takes us on a virtual tour of her exhibit "On Reading Spring." #OnReadingSpring

University of Chicago Visual Resources Center
04/29/2020

University of Chicago Visual Resources Center

Another start to the week with Material Monday, the Materials Collection also looks at tools used to create art. These burins (or gravers) were used by printmakers to create engravings by carving into a sheet of metal, traditionally copper. The various edges allow for different lines to be created, and skilled engravers were able to create tone by layering lines, or “hatching”. Engraving picked up in the 15th century and was used for commercial illustration of books, maps, and newspapers. Get the feel for historic practices with more hands-on materials in the VRC’s Joel Snyder Materials Collection (https://luna.lib.uchicago.edu/luna/servlet/s/53v00l), and see more engravings in the Smart Museum of Art and University of Chicago Special Collections Research Center collections.

When is a pond a stream? When it's the Botany Pond livestream!
04/27/2020
On Botany Pond

When is a pond a stream? When it's the Botany Pond livestream!

At the University of Chicago, nestled between the Zoology Building and the Erman Biology Center, is a scenic corner of campus that is home to Botany Pond. Every spring, the pond reawakens with new life and beauty. Perhaps its most beloved and famous inhabitant is a duck named Honey. For the fourth y...

Get ready for the American Library Association’s 10th annual Preservation Week! April 26th through May 2nd, libraries ac...
04/23/2020

Get ready for the American Library Association’s 10th annual Preservation Week!

April 26th through May 2nd, libraries across the country will showcase their ongoing efforts to preserve books, archives, art, audio, and video materials. For more information, please visit:

http://www.ala.org/alcts/preservationweek

Visit this site for more links to a variety of free webinars on topics such as preserving family recipes, preserving your digital photos, to reformatting audio tapes:

http://www.ala.org/alcts/preservationweek/webinars

Our reading room may be closed, but our digital collections are open. For years, we have been digitizing collections so ...
04/22/2020

Our reading room may be closed, but our digital collections are open. For years, we have been digitizing collections so that you can conduct research from anywhere.

Get started with this guide to our digital collections and resources: http://guides.lib.uchicago.edu/c.php?g=1029873&p=7464221

(Image by NearEMPTiness on Wikimedia Commons.)

Happy #EarthDay! As we #StayHome to #SaveLives this spring, many people are planting Victory Gardens.  Our #UChicago Pho...
04/22/2020

Happy #EarthDay! As we #StayHome to #SaveLives this spring, many people are planting Victory Gardens. Our #UChicago Photographic Archive is full of #gardening inspiration.

Start by browsing hundreds of photos of native plants taken by UChicago botanists a century ago: http://photoarchive.lib.uchicago.edu/browse-botany-department.html

#WellnessWednesday

04/17/2020
UChicago College

UChicago College

We’re in this together, #UChicago.
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As we are all adjusting to Spring Quarter, our faculty and staff extend words of encouragement and support to our students. As Prof. Peggy Mason says, “We’re going to get through this, we’re with you.”

We are all seeking new ways of learning, collaborating, and staying connected as a university. The release of this digit...
04/15/2020

We are all seeking new ways of learning, collaborating, and staying connected as a university. The release of this digital exhibit feels timely. It is a wonderful example of how students can work together remotely to make something that showcases and shares what they are learning.
https://voices.uchicago.edu/reproducingraceandgender/

Feeling inspired to make your own exhibit? We have tools to get you started.

Find a topic by exploring our digitized collections: https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/scrc/digital/

Try the University of Chicago Library's subscription to Omeka - a tool for creating digital collections and exhibits.
https://guides.lib.uchicago.edu/omeka

Need help? Special Collections staff is working remotely. Contact us with your questions: https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/scrc/visiting/contact/

Our Poetry: A Magazine of Verse Records collection has the transcript of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock with the ed...
04/13/2020

Our Poetry: A Magazine of Verse Records collection has the transcript of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock with the editor's marks and TS Elliot's signature. Read the full poem Poetry_foundation_ https://bit.ly/2Rxhl4Q and request a free PDF of the complete manuscript from us! https://bit.ly/2xpUt0r

As we continue to operate digitally, check out other ways University groups are staying connected.
04/09/2020
Virtual Programming

As we continue to operate digitally, check out other ways University groups are staying connected.

The College is committed to bringing students the support they need, even remotely. This page is meant to serve as a resource for the Student Life services and events happening virtually during Spring 2020. Be sure to check back often for updates.

Attend your next meeting with an #illuminated page from a #medievalmanuscript with this #Zoombackground!
04/07/2020

Attend your next meeting with an #illuminated page from a #medievalmanuscript with this #Zoombackground!

Impress your colleagues and make any room in your home look like a #rarebook #library with this #Zoombackground!
04/07/2020

Impress your colleagues and make any room in your home look like a #rarebook #library with this #Zoombackground!

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SCIENCE IS LAME WITHOUT AFFECTIONATE BEND TOWARDS NATURE Hear the sound of nature and change what can be done to control pollution for survival and now is the time before it becomes late. Be a bird and not a crisis watcher. Science is lame without the nature. The nature is understandable with love and this is the ultimate source to fight climate change. The universe is in codes of sound with inter- dependence of matter and action with reaction. It is the common sound language for the security and auto function of billions of stars, planets and galaxies. Very few of the universe is visible from which infinity can be confirmed. Whatever is visible is also a treasure to link up with the universal sound language. Sound of language carries clues in reflection and deflection of light, both relate matter. The light is life. Reflection is derived from shining objects and deflection occurs through matter travel. In the process sound waves transmit communications to light up the entire universe. It never faces light absence as numerous objects like the visible sun and the moon deriving light from the sun must be operational elsewhere in the universal chains with safe distance like among objects. It implies the universal clock denotes standard timings and there is no time dilation. Because of objects rotation effect, day and night show up. If everything would have been static, there would not have been any separate day and night scenario. The universal clock may be running on oversell fluctuations in the light presentation and here actual reflection and deflection concerning the objects including the earth having day and night is not the constraint. Sound of the common language is through matter waves only (visible and invisible) in its open book as experienced on the earth in beautiful seasons. Because of the purity of universal existence its auto run is balanced and safe. This gets disturbed due to nothing else but pollution and depending upon its range from object to object, crises occur. If atmosphere agrees with the universal harmonious journey, calamities would be absent. It is now the time to cut on dependence on quick artificial comforts to substitute the existing natural ones (without any infra-structure and expense) causing imbalance in the climate. We must score at the earliest to hold on pollution as it would further add to the ageing of the earth and may not respond to discovery formulas. The nature is on automatic communication with one language through sound waves and its script is linked in twisted wave lines and sound in matter inter dependence and action-reaction thereof on equal footing. This signal would pave way to decipher the code language and understand visible and invisible too to enable switching on immediate steps to control pollution. Be sure everything does not happen sudden and the nature is kind to give the signal. It is still not too late to read it for welfare moves. Very close is the human body to search the universal language. Besides it is the perfect system of sensing and action for input and output by which living is made easy and healthy. It offers signals for any imbalance. There are many beautiful languages but the body understands the messages conveyed in the respective language modes. Human body operates on auto run like the universe and probably this connected tool would be a guide to understand the universal secrets for application suitably on the earth for developments. The energy of the nature is self-made with 2 Inherent remedial actions needed as the living but requiring external medication in the event of body imbalance mainly due to pollution impact. The harmonious universal energy is a live wire to keep up equilibrium and balance and when it is off the run due to heavy impact pollutants spread, natural calamities line up. Summing up the theory of relativity is between the living energy and that of the universe; both can safely function when conditions are pollution free. Nature by itself will not create any imbalance by pollution but living operations do so. See the wonder of the nature, it has given in the minutest form all essentials to even an ant and made self-reliant to live on. To prevent pollution there is another avenue. Staple food in any region depends upon what grows there naturally and it is healthy and acceptable to the environment. Likewise what suits the atmosphere, construction material can be thought of. Further natural light and wind directions are vital. Architects all over the world can come forward in presenting buildings both for residential and other purposes in such a way to agree with the prevailing climatic conditions. This would carry not only aesthetic sense but get tuned with the nature also and help avoid artificial gadgets for comforts. Such an approach would save on cost besides healthy living with the nature in true sense. Immediate step is to stop pollution besides locating pollutants for which the study of surrounding waves would be ideal as it would give instant impact on the life. Blanket ban on deforestation should be in effect. Forestation should cover three fourth of the surface area. By these measures rainfall will be adequate for all. Crops will flourish. Dust will settle down everywhere to help health care. Other resources including precious metals like gold etc. will be in plenty without any pollution. Bicycle promotion in all possible ways will add to the pollution free endeavors. Time alone will time happenings. It is high time to undo errors so as not to draw ire from the nature. Nature completes the circle and nothing can move beyond. The strength of the nature can be cited in a small example; can any artificial comfort take the place of pleasant sun shine during winter or resting under the full moon night! H V Navangul Age 84
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