The Seminary Co-op Documentary Project: Capturing the Bookstore’s Distinctive Character and History

Exhibition: The Seminary Co-op Documentary Project:  Capturing the Bookstore’s Distinctive Character and History
Dates: April 22 – July 13, 2013

Co-op General Manager Jack Cella squeezes in next to old mechanical bellows, long since defunct but of perpetual interest to customers.

Co-op General Manager Jack Cella squeezes in next to old mechanical bellows, long since defunct but of perpetual interest to customers. Photograph: Megan E. Doherty.

Celebrating over 50 years at the center of the University of Chicago’s and Hyde Park’s intellectual and cultural life, the renowned Seminary Co-op Bookstore has moved up from its legendary basement location and into a newly transformed space designed by Chicago Architects Stanley Tigerman and Margaret McCurry. Curators Jasmine Kwong and Megan E. Doherty present their documentation of the Co-op’s history through a selection of photography, interviews, artifacts and memorabilia.

At the Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery
1100 East 57th Street, Chicago
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m.; Saturdays: 9:00 a.m.–12:45 p.m. when classes are in session

Visit the project website for associated stories, photographs and audio interviews.

Use of Images

These images from the exhibition are available for members of the media, and are reserved for editorial use in connection with the University of Chicago Library exhibitions, programs, or related news.  Email Rachel Rosenberg (phone: 773-834-1519) or Joseph Scott (phone: 773-702-6655)  to request high-resolution images.

The iconic green and red spines of the Loeb Classical Library

The iconic green and red spines of the Loeb Classical Library greeted customers upon entering the store. Photograph: Megan E. Doherty.

 

Seminary Co-op wooden staircase

The wooden staircase that led you in and out of the sub-basement, which was added to the bookstore in the mid 70’s. Photograph: Jasmine Kwong.

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