Conference: Does Human Rights Have a History?

Conference dates: Friday, April 10 – Saturday, April 11, 2015
Location: The Joseph Regenstein Library, Room 122, 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL
Walk-ins are welcome.

When were “human rights” invented and what were the major stages of the evolution of their different elements? This two-day conference will bring together leading historians of human rights working across time and space to address these and other important questions. It will also honor the contributions of Michael Geyer, Samuel N. Harper Professor of German and European History and the College and a founder of the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago, to the field of human rights history and to the development of interdisciplinary studies of human rights thought and practice at the University of Chicago.  See the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights web page for more information.  

An exhibit “Germany & Beyond: Human Rights and History” will be on view at the conference.  It presents a selection of Michael Geyer’s contributions to the development of the interdisciplinary field of human rights studies over the course of his career.

The University of Chicago Library is a co-sponsor of this event.  

Conference: Does Human Rights Have a History?

Exhibits One Man’s Trash . . . Discovering New Ancient Greek Texts

Exhibit Location: The Joseph Regenstein Library, Fourth Floor
Exhibit Dates: February 19 – June 15, 2015

Greek Vase Painting, Muse reading scroll

Muse reading a scroll.
Attic red-figure lekythos, ca. 435-425 BCE

Imagine trying to sort out and assemble thousands of scattered pieces of jigsaw puzzles; imagine that they are as fragile and misshapen as cornflakes and that many pieces are missing. The task is only beginning to resemble the monumental efforts of today’s papyrologists, who continue to work on the Greek papyrus fragments uncovered in the late 19th century from the sands of ancient trash heaps located outside of the city of Oxyrhynchus (modern el-Bahnasa), Egypt.  It has been said that over 70 percent of surviving literary papyri come from Oxyrhynchus, among which are a new poem by Simonides, extensive remains of the Hypsipyle of Euripides, and a large part of the Ichneutae of Sophocles.

This one-case exhibit explores the various ways new works have come to light since the Renaissance, when so many manuscripts were rediscovered in monastic libraries.   Two new poems by Sappho, for example, were discovered  just this year in an Egyptian cartonnage.  In the Ptolemaic period ancients used recycled papyrus (much as we use recycled newspapers in papier-mâché) to construct cartonnages i.e. mummy masks and panels.  Modern science has opened the door for more discoveries.  Multispectral lighting helps us read palimpsests, which are manuscripts on which the original writing has been washed and/or scraped off in order that the parchment be reused for another text.  In France a team of scientists has used a particle accelerator to bombard an unopened, charred papyrus scroll from the Villa of Papyri in Herculaneum with X-rays.  The X-rays were so sensitive that they could detect changes in thickness where carbon-based ink had been used to write letters. The team could make out the Greek letters inside the tightly wound scroll.

Charred Papyrus Scroll

Charred Papyrus Scroll from the Villa of Papyri

The Archimedes Palimpsest under multispectral lighting

The Archimedes Palimpsest under multispectral lighting

Exhibits Bestiaries: Representations of animals in 20th century Romance languages and literatures

The Joseph Regenstein Library, Third Floor
April 10 – June 13, 2015

A.	A.	Woodcut image of a dolphin originally accompanying a poem by Guillaume Apollinaire in his work ““Le Bestiaire ou Cortège d’Orphée” (1911).

Woodcut by Raoul Dufy from Guillaume Apollinaire’s “Le Bestiaire ou Cortège d’Orphée” (1911)

Books representing animals metamorphose and mutate; they might creep, crawl, or leap onto your shelf, surprise you, pique your interest, and make you reconsider your conception of ‘animal’ and human altogether.  This exhibition dives into the 3rd floor stacks to seek out the most interesting textual and visual representations of contemporary bestiaries written in the Romance languages.  The final selection of books found in this exhibition illustrates the expanding definition of the bestiary and its portrayal of all things beastly in the 20th century.

B. Woodcut image of an ox originally accompanying a poem by Guillaume Apollinaire in his work “Le Bestiaire ou Cortège d’Orphée” (1911).

Woodcut by Raoul Dufy from Guillaume Apollinaire’s “Le Bestiaire ou Cortège d’Orphée” (1911)





Dissertation Procedures for Students: workshop

When: Thursday, April 9, noon – 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April 14, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: TECHB@R Regenstein Library, Room 160
Description: Are you a Ph.D. student planning to graduate in Spring 2015? Doctoral candidates use the ProQuest ETD Administrator, web-based interface for online submission, review, and publication of dissertations. In this session, we will review the procedures for submitting your dissertation electronically. Please feel free to bring your questions to the session. If you would like to review the ETD interface, visit:
Contact: Dissertation Office
(773) 702-7404
Tag: Workshops, Meetings, Student Events Calendar, Graduate Students, Training
Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance.
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Citation management training by request

Are you interested in learning how to organize and cite your sources by using citation managers such as EndNote or Zotero? The Library provides citation management workshops for groups (3 or more people) by request during spring and summer quarters.

Training programs are available to members of the University of Chicago community. Workshops can be scheduled Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other times may be available by arrangement. Is your group working outside of Chicago? Citation management webinars can be requested for researchers off-campus.

Individuals needing help with citation managers are welcome to visit the reference desks at our campus libraries or Ask a Librarian.

Request a Workshop

Standing desk pilot on Regenstein’s 2nd and 3rd floors

Two tables that can be used as standing desks have been located on the north side of the 2nd and 3rd floor reading rooms in the Joseph Regenstein Library.  Each desk is close to power outlets and windows. The Library welcomes any feedback you may have on the standing desk pilot.

Monitors available for use with laptops on Regenstein’s upper floors

In addition to the eight computer monitors on the 1st floor, 10 computer monitors are now available on the upper floors of the Joseph Regenstein Library for use as dual monitor stations.  Users can plug in their own laptops or borrow a laptop from the TECHB@R to create a dual display.  Mac users will need a special adapter, which can also be borrowed from the TECHB@R.

Library internships for UChicago Social Sciences Division PhD students

The University of Chicago Library encourages applications for five summer internships for UChicago Social Sciences Division (SSD) PhD students as part of the Graduate Student Affairs “Partner Opportunities” program. Internships are designed to provide experience in alternative careers and to develop skills that will be helpful to the student’s academic work. Depending on the position and qualifications, Library interns will develop research and technical skills in one of the following areas: citation analysis, digital presentation, digital preservation, exhibition research, archival processing, and cataloging Chinese monographs.

1. Citation Analysis Internship.—Working with staff in the Dissertation Office and other subject specialists, the Citation Analysis intern will investigate dissertation research trends through a citation analysis of a selected body of recently completed University of Chicago dissertations. Citation analysis, a form of bibliometrics, is a tool used to help quantify and describe patterns and relationships in academic literature. The intern will conduct research to identify the types of resources appearing in the dissertation bibliographies and complete a written report summarizing the results of the investigation. This project will not require in-depth statistical analysis.The dissertations examined for this project will focus on subject areas relevant to the intern’s academic interest. Knowledge of Microsoft Word/Excel and good communication and writing skills are required.

2. Digital South Asia Library Intern.—The Digital South Asia Library (DSAL) intern will work with the Bibliographer for Southern Asia as well as digital library professionals and University academics to expand and enhance our presentation of data and texts supporting social science scholarship. We seek an SSD Ph.D. student with experience in computational analysis of numerical, geospatial, or textual data and an interest in further developing skills for the delivery of scholarly resources. DSAL ( is one of the most highly regarded sources of digital assets for research on the South Asiansubcontinent. Knowledge of South Asian languages is not required.

3. East Asia Collection Intern.—Working with the Chinese Cataloging staff, the intern will catalog Chinese books using existing cataloging records from the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), an international bibliographic information system. The responsibilities also include verifying names in the records, importing records from OCLC to the Library’s online system and keeping statistics. Required qualifications: good level of proficiency in Chinese language and ability to work independently and effectively.

4. Special Collections Archives Assistant Intern.—The University of Chicago Library’s Special Collections Research Center has an opportunity for an SSD PhD student intern to assist archivists in providing preliminary access to archival collections, as follows:

  • Preserving the University’s Architectural Legacy.—The University of Chicago Library’s Special Collections Research Center is undertaking a multi-­year project to preserve and make accessible 117,000 architectural drawings held in the University Archives. These drawings date from the University’s founding to the present. The collection includes a wide range of different types of architectural design records: proposals, plans, elevations, sections, decorative detail drawings, perspective renderings, presentation drawings, landscape designs, and maps of campus buildings and grounds. The graduate student intern would assist archivists in compiling a searchable online database, organizing and assessing the condition of the drawings to determine proper preservation for the future.
  • Chicago Jazz Archive Inventory Project.—The University of Chicago Library’s Special Collections Research Center includes the Chicago Jazz Archive. The CJA was founded in 1976 to preserve materials on the birth and early growth of Chicago jazz. The collections include recordings, publications, photographs, articles, posters, programs, ticket stubs, and other ephemera of musicians, clubs, record companies, and jazz organizations. The graduate student intern would assist in inventorying the recordings collection of jazz collector John Steiner.

5. Special Collections Exhibit Research Intern.—The University of Chicago Library’s Special Collections Research Center has opportunities for SSD PhD students to conduct research in Special Collection in support of the following exhibition projects:

  • European Academic Émigrés at the University of Chicago.—The University of Chicago Library’s Special Collections Research Center is planning an exhibition in Spring Quarter 2016, European Academic Émigrés at the University of Chicago. The exhibition will focus on European émigrés and refugees of the 1930s and 1940s who found an academic home at the University of Chicago. The graduate student would work with the exhibition curator to conduct research in SCRC collections to identify archival, manuscript, and rare book items for gallery cases, create biographies and other exhibition text panels, and assist in design of a web version of the exhibition.
  • Chain Reaction: Chicago Pile No. 1 and the Atomic Scientists’ Movement.—The University of Chicago Library’s Special Collections Research Center is planning an exhibition in its gallery in Winter Quarter 2017, Chain Reaction: Chicago Pile No. 1 and the Atomic Scientists’ Movement. On December 2, 1942, Manhattan Project scientists on the University of Chicago campus led by Enrico Fermi created the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. Following the use of atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Manhattan Project scientists lobbied successfully for the passage of the McMahon Act and the formation of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. The graduate student intern would work with the exhibition curator to conduct research in SCRC collections to identify archival, manuscript, and rare book items for gallery cases, to create biographies and other exhibition text panels, and to assist in design of a web version of the exhibition.

A resume and cover letter are required. Apply online by April 15.

Reserve group studies with improved Book a Room system

University of Chicago students, faculty, and staff looking to book a group study can now do so with an improved version of the Library’s Book a Room system.

The new version of Book a Room, launched March 26, has a streamlined design and new features that make finding and reserving a room faster, easier, and more secure:

  • Users can now book rooms using their CNet ID and password, eliminating the need to confirm booking requests via a separate email.
  • Users can now filter rooms based on the number of people in their group.
  • An improved mobile interface lets users view the same room grid on mobile devices as on laptop and desktop computers.

For more information, visit How to Book a Room. Or contact us with comments and questions.

2015 Platzman Memorial Fellowships awarded

The Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowships for 2015 have been awarded to 11 recipients.  Recipients will visit between June-October 2015.

Established by bequest of George W. Platzman (1920-2008), Professor in Geophysical Sciences, the research fellowships are named in memory of George’s brother Robert Platzman (1918-1973), Professor of Chemistry and Physics and member of the Metallurgical Laboratory at the University of Chicago during World War II.

The annual Platzman Fellowships provide funds for visiting researchers whose projects require on-site consultation of University of Chicago Library collections, primarily but not exclusively materials in Special Collections, with priority given to beginning scholars.  This year’s group of fellows brings the total number of scholars supported by the Platzman program since its inception in 2006 to eighty.

Feature Story A rare manuscript is rebound

Conservation and digitization of a New Testament manuscript collection support scholarship and teaching

Most book conservators never have the opportunity to reconstruct a 16th-century Byzantine binding from scratch.  For Ann Lindsey, Head of Conservation at the University of Chicago Library, that opportunity came in February, in connection with a major project to digitize all 68 New Testament manuscripts in the Edgar J. Goodspeed Manuscript Collection.

Ann Lindsey reconstructs a 16th-century Byzantine binding

Ann Lindsey reconstructs a 16th-century Byzantine binding with historically sympathetic materials in the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library’s Conservation Laboratory. (Photo by Robert Kozloff)

The role of the Conservation program at the Library is to maintain collections over time, ensuring that they can be used by current scholars and future generations.  Most of the manuscripts in the Goodspeed Collection, which date from the 5th to the 19th centuries, have required only minor treatments, if any, to be handled safely during the digitization process.

But the John Adam Service Book, one of the last eight items in the Goodspeed Manuscript Collection to be digitized, presented an unusual case where the disbinding and rebinding of a rare manuscript were merited.  Originally handwritten in Greek in the 15th to 16th century on paper produced in Italy, it was rebound in the 1850s, with a typical 19th-century cloth cover, and illustrated by its namesake, John Adam, near Epirus, Greece.  By the time it was acquired by the University of Chicago Library in 1930, its spine covering was missing.  When Lindsey examined the Service Book in anticipation of digitization, she found that any further handling of the manuscript would cause the exposed spine and 19th-century oversewing to damage the original 15th- to 16th-century pages. 

Lindsey conferred with her colleagues in Special Collections and Preservation, and the group concluded that the original manuscript would be best preserved, and scholars would be best served, if the book were disbound, digitized, and then rebound, using historically sympathetic materials so that researchers could consult it as needed and get a better sense of what the book was like when it was first bound and used in the 16th century.

A forensic investigation of the John Adam Service Book’s binding  

Sixteenth-century thread from the John Adam Service Book

Above: Ann Lindsey points to the threads that remain from the John Adam Service Book’s 16th-century binding (Photo by Robert Kozloff). Below: A photomicrograph of thread from the John Adam Service Book. By analyzing the thread under a microscope, Lindsey confirmed that it is linen.

A handful of linen threads are all that remain of the original binding—but they provided the evidence that Lindsey needed to determine that the book originally had a Byzantine binding, a rarity in American libraries. 

Most European books from the 15th and 16th century were bound in the Western style, sewn from start to finish on top of cords, with each stitch going through all of the pages of the book.  The threads are then secured in multiple places along the spine. If the folds of such pages were cut as part of a subsequent rebinding process and the spine were to be broken later, the threads would come out in many small pieces.

The folds of the John Adam Service Book were cut when the book was rebound in the 19th century.  But the threads Lindsey found upon examining the book are long, notched, and made of linen—all signs that this manuscript originally had a Byzantine binding.  When employing this method, bookbinders cut a notch in the back section of each page.  They sewed the first section of pages to a wooden board, the second section to the first section, the third section to the second, and so on, tucking the thread into notches and securing it with link stitches.  Because a Byzantine binding was used, when the folds were cut and the 19th-century binding was later broken, the thread emerged in long pieces. 

Once Lindsey identified the type of binding, she was able to infer much about the book’s construction. Byzantine bindings used quarter sawn hardwood front and back boards, had decorative grooves, and were covered in goat skin.  A new binding made of historically sympathetic materials should include all of those features. 

“It’s Ann’s remarkable expertise in seeing and interpreting evidence that we all respect so much,” said Daniel Meyer, Director of the Special Collections Research Center.  In addition to her master’s degree in Library Science, Lindsey has a certificate of advanced study in conservation from the University of Texas and conservation experience gained at the Huntington Library and the University of California, Berkeley, before she came to Chicago to lead the Library’s conservation efforts.  Her knowledge of how to rebuild a Byzantine binding came from a special class entirely devoted to the subject. 

Disbinding and rebinding

Lindsey uses link stitches to bind the second group of pages to the first group, which she previously sewed to a front board made of quarter sawn white oak. Quarter sawing positions the wood’s rings almost straight up and down so that the board does not curve over time. (Photo by Robert Kozloff)

Lindsey uses link stitches to bind the second group of pages to the first group, which she previously sewed to a front board made of quarter sawn white oak. Quarter sawing positions the wood’s rings almost straight up and down so that the board does not curve over time. (Photo by Robert Kozloff)

With a plan in place to create a new binding that would resemble the original one, Lindsey painstakingly humidified each folio slightly so that the 19th-century glue would soften and could be removed with a microspatula, along with the binding threads. Lindsey then gathered folios into sets of four, which she “guarded” with Japanese tissue and wheat starch paste at the edges to strengthen it in preparation for rebinding. The sets of pages were carefully delivered to the Digitization Laboratory, also in the Mansueto Library, where high-resolution images of each page were created by Photographer Michael Kenny and will be posted to the Goodspeed website. 

Once digitized and returned to the Conservation Laboratory, Lindsey sewed the boards and pages together in the Byzantine style, attaching half the pages to the front board and the other half to the back board, before lashing the two halves together, lining the spine with linen, and sewing a heavy end band across the two boards and the newly reconstructed spine.  As the final step, she used a dark brown goat skin to cover and hold the book together. 

Lindsey greatly enjoyed the woodworking and leatherworking that the project required, but the stitching of the binding is her favorite part.  “The sewing is the process where you start putting it back together,” she said. “It’s the heart of the book—and its literal backbone.  It’s what makes a book work well.”

Why digitize the full Goodspeed Collection?

Digitization of John Adam Service Book

Michael Kenny prepares to digitize a page of the John Adam Service Book. (Photo by Robert Kozloff)

The Goodspeed Manuscript Collection is the first collection of bound early manuscripts that the University of Chicago Library committed to digitize in its entirety—and that work is expected to be completed within the next year.  The Library’s Special Collections Research Center is digitizing materials from its archives, manuscripts, and rare book collections as funding permits in order to enhance access to scholars.   In choosing where to begin among the early manuscripts, Special Collections staff members were drawn to the Goodspeed Collection because of its focus and coherence. 

“The Goodspeed Collection was brought together for one principal purpose,” explained Meyer. “Edgar Goodspeed was working with other scholars on a new translation of the New Testament and gathered early manuscripts of the New Testament that could inform the translation.”

All the Goodspeed Manuscripts relate to the New Testament in some way. The John Adam Service Book is a trephologion, or festal menaion, a liturgical book that includes text for the great feasts that fall within the fixed cycle of services of the Orthodox Church, such as those for the Birth of the Virgin, The Great Martyr Demetrius, and the Birth of Jesus.

The Rockefeller McCormick New Testament, cove

The Rockefeller McCormick New Testament, cover, front (binding).

Edgar Goodspeed, DB 1897, PhD 1898, became Chairman of the Department of New Testament and Early Christian Literature in 1923 and soon after began seriously collecting New Testament manuscripts for the University of Chicago. Goodspeed regarded such manuscripts as essential to humanities research, just as laboratories are essential to the natural sciences, and expected them to be invaluable not only to his own work, but to the research of many at UChicago.

It seems safe to assume that if Goodspeed were alive today, he would jump at the opportunity to have the collection digitized, for he regularly sought ways to raise both scholarly and public awareness of the unique manuscripts at Chicago, and encouraged the publication of facsimile editions that would allow scholars to study the manuscripts from afar. His first major discovery, The Rockefeller McCormick New Testament, uncovered almost by chance in an art dealer’s shop in Paris in 1927, was an unparalleled historical and iconographical find, featuring a fine cursive hand, splendid gilt covers, and more than ninety miniature illustrations.  Only the second complete Byzantine New Testament manuscript to be brought to the U.S., it attracted sensational publicity in the press and on radio and was reproduced in a three-volume facsimile edition suitable for scholarly research by the University of Chicago Press in 1932. 

The attention generated by Goodspeed’s early collecting efforts helped to fuel interest in the acquisition of additional New Testament manuscripts and led to expanded faculty expertise in iconography and textual editing at Chicago. Many other acquisitions made possible by Goodspeed captured the imagination of scholars and the public, among them, the Elizabeth Day McCormick Apocalypse.  The only known illustrated Apocalypse in Greek at the time, it gained renown for its 69 remarkable miniatures dating to roughly 1600.  A facsimile edition was published by the University of Chicago Press in 1940. By the time he retired in 1948, Goodspeed had built one of the most impressive collections of New Testament manuscripts then held at any American university.  In recognition of his achievement, this collection of early Greek, Syriac, Ethiopic, Armenian, Arabic, and Latin New Testament manuscripts bears his name today.

Elizabeth Day McCormick Apocalypse

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Apocalypse, fol. 15r. John, Letter to Smyrna: Christ’s voice emanates from heaven, upper left; John stands at center, dictates to the deacon Prochorus who is writing, seated on bench at right.

The Goodspeed Collection continues to function as a treasure trove for scholarship and teaching, now fueled by the growing availability of the digitized facsimiles online. Current faculty who use the collection include Hans-Josef Klauck, Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature at the Divinity School, who has taught a course on Revelation and the Elizabeth Day McCormick Apocalypse using both the original manuscript and online digital facsimiles. “In my judgment, the digitization of the codex was an exciting experience and provided a great chance for better, more advanced and more exciting teaching in my very field,” Klauck concluded.  

Divinity School Dean Margaret M. Mitchell was a member of the original team that planned and obtained funding for the digitization project and has delved deeply into another item in the collection, the Archaic Mark—the first Goodspeed manuscript to be digitized. Resolving a 70-year debate, she collaborated with Library staff and technical experts in micro-chemical analysis and medieval bookmaking to definitively determine that this Gospel of Mark was not a genuine Byzantine manuscript but rather a fascinating late-19th- or early-20th-century forgery.  

The Library expects that more scholarly discoveries will be made, and additional students around the world will benefit as the remainder of the Collection is posted online.  Already, the Goodspeed Collection website has delivered an average of more than 38,000 pages per year to more than 2,800 users around the world, including 57 percent from North and South America, 30 percent from Europe, and 10 percent from Asia.

“When we began the Goodspeed Manuscript Collection project in 2005, the University of Chicago was among the first to propose digitizing entire manuscripts instead of selected pages,” explained Alice Schreyer, Associate University Librarian for Area Studies and Special Collections. “We received a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Library and Museum Services for this innovative approach, which is now widely accepted. We are thrilled to be completing this important work, which will support many types of scholarship for decades to come.”

High-resolution images of 57 of the Goodspeed manuscripts are currently available online at

Library Catalog improvements

The Library has released a new version of its Library Catalog, offering enhancements and new features to improve your search:

  • Basic and advanced keyword search forms have merged. There is now one tab with keyword searching, with an option to switch to advanced search.
  • Improved printing and exporting, including the ability to mark multiple records.
  • Search terms are retained when switching to a new search option.
  • Vernacular character searching for languages such as Korean, Russian, or Arabic, is now available in all keyword searches. However, the vernacular must be included in the catalog record.
  • Improvements have been made to call number browse. Call number prefixes (such as f or s) are now ignored.
  • More information, including ebook platform, for full-text links in catalog records.
  • Search limits are now joined by Boolean OR rather than AND.
  • Catalog records can now be formatted into Chicago style.
  • Greatly improved Zotero support.
  • WorldCat search option added to the header of the catalog for quick access.

In the next few months, additional enhancements will be coming, including:

  • Improved access on mobile devices.
  • Catalog records details will be removed from tabs.
  • Addition of more Tables of Content to more book records.

For more information regarding the Library Catalog, view our help guide. Comments and questions about the Library Catalog can be submitted via our Catalog Feedback Form.

The University of Chicago Library Catalog

The new version of the Library Catalog

Alert Winter quarter loans to quarterly borrowers automatically extended to June 26

Items checked out by current quarterly borrowers with privileges in good standing and due April 3 will be automatically renewed by the Library for spring quarter. As of March 23, all such items will have a new due date of June 26, 2015. No action by borrowers is necessary.

The automatic renewal is being performed because the functionality to manually renew items is currently unavailable in the Catalog. The Library is working to restore this functionality as soon as possible.

Users may view a list of all items out, including current due dates, via My Account.

For assistance, please contact Circulation or visit a Library circulation desk.

Library spring interim hours, March 21 – 29

Beginning Saturday, March 21, the Library will have reduced building hours at all of its locations for the spring interim. Normal hours resume Monday, March 30.

Crerar Library
Sunday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

D’Angelo Law Library Circulation
D’Angelo’s spring interim hours began March 15; normal hours resume March 25.
Saturday, March 21 & Sunday, March 22,  Closed
Monday – Tuesday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, March 27, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 28, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 29, noon – 9:00 p.m.

Eckhart Library
Monday – Friday noon – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday Closed

Mansueto Library
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Sunday, March 23, 10:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Sunday, March 30, 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 a.m.

Regenstein Library
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 23, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 30, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Regenstein All-Night Study
Closed until March 31 at 1:00 a.m.

SSA Library
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday Closed

For a complete list of hours for all locations and departments, see

Ex Libris cafe spring interim hours, March 21 – 29

Beginning Saturday, March 21, the Ex Libris Café will have reduced service hours for the spring interim. Regular hours will resume Monday, March 30.

Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday Closed

As always, the seating area and vending machines will remain open during Regenstein’s building hours.

Exhibits Meaning Found in Comparison: An Exhibit in memory of Martin Riesebrodt (1948-2014)

Exhibit Location: The Joseph Regenstein Library, Fourth Floor
Exhibit Dates: March 16 – May 31, 2015

Martin Riesebrodt

Martin Riesebrodt in his office in Swift Hall

“What’s interesting in the uniqueness of everything? Uniqueness has to be related to something that is shared in order to become really interesting.” Martin Riesebrodt defended both the possibility of a universal definition of religion and the ability and importance of critical comparisons across religions. This at a time when the fields of Religion and Sociology were questioning comparative approaches. Trained in anthropology and sociology, he began his career as an associate director of the Max Weber Archives and one of the editors of a German critical edition of Weber’s work, Max Weber-Gesamtausgabe

Martin Riesebrodt

Martin Riesebrodt in 2011

He joined the faculty at the Divinity School in 1990, with a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology. Riesebrodt is credited with reintroducing the relevance of the Weberian approach in Sociology. He is probably best known for his work on his theory of fundamentalism as a reassertion of patriarchal power structures in Pious Passion: The Emergence of Modern Fundamentalism in the United States and Iran (University of California Press, 1993; German original 1990). In his retirement, he taught at the Graduate Institute in Geneva as the Yves Oltramare Chair for Religion and Politics. Dr. Riesebrodt died December 6, 2014, of cancer in Berlin. He was 66.

Postponed: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: University of Chicago Library Edition


A new date will be announced soon for this event.

Saturday, March 28, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Regenstein Library, The Special Collections Research Center
1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL
Description: On March 28, the University of Chicago Library will host a Wikipedia edit-a-thon in the Special Collections Research Center, the subject focus of which is great women in University of Chicago history. Experienced Wikipedia editors and new users alike are welcome to participate.

This event provides an opportunity to learn how articles are built and maintained using the Library’s primary source collections, databases, and one-on-one assistance from reference librarians in navigating these sources. New users shouldn’t shy away from attending.

The day-long event begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Coffee and pastries will be provided in the morning and lunch will be served in the afternoon. Come for all or part of the day. Registration required, please RSVP by 3/25 to

Participants are asked to bring their own laptop and power cord.

Contact: Joseph Regenstein Library
Tag: Arts, Graduate Students, Research, Student Career Development, Free Food, Innovation/Entrepreneurship, Volunteer Opportunities
Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance.
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Exhibits Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles: A History of LGBTQ Life at the University of Chicago

Weddstock Protest 1992

Photograph from Weddstock protest, 1992. Chicago Maroon. University of Chicago Photographic Archive, apf7-03580-001, Special Collections Research Center, The University of Chicago Library. Used with the permission of the Chicago Maroon.

Exhibition Dates: March 30 – June 12, 2015

Location: Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery, 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

Description: From lesbian relationships in the early 1900s to the founding of Chicago Gay Liberation in 1970 to today, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning individuals have long been part of the University of Chicago’s history. More than 95 oral histories gathered from LGBTQ alumni, faculty and staff join with archival and donated materials to tell those stories in this exhibition.

The oldest material in the exhibition documents relationships between the first generation of female faculty and graduate students at the University at the start of the 20th century. The exhibition also explores the consequences faced by male instructors caught in vice raids of the 1940s, the founding of Chicago Gay Liberation in 1970, the impact of AIDS on the University of Chicago community, anti-gay violence in the 1980s, and activism for partner benefits for same-sex couples and improvements to the campus climate for queer, transgender and gender non-conforming students. As the Chicago Maroon declared in 1980, “The University of Chicago may be gayer than you think.”

Gay Liberation Dance poster

Gay Liberation Dance poster, 1971. Used with permission of Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections at Northwestern University.

Drawing on the rich holdings of the University of Chicago Library—including the papers of Marion Talbot and Ernest Burgess, administrative records, and a multitude of campus publications—and other major archives, the exhibition displays letters, academic papers, and student newspaper articles, as well as posters, ephemera, photographs, a square of the AIDS Memorial Quilt made by UChicago students, and other visual documentation tracing this complex history. The exhibition also introduces new materials and selections from oral histories collected by the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality from alumni such as James Hormel, JD’58, former dean of students of the Law School and the first openly gay U.S. ambassador; cultural anthropologist Esther Newton, AM’66, PhD’68, who wrote the first major anthropological study of a homosexual community in the U.S. while a graduate student at UChicago; and Deborah Gould, AM ’90, PhD ’00, activist, scholar, and author of the first book to analyze the emergence, development, and decline of the direct-action AIDS movement, ACT UP.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Price: Free and open to the public

Presented by the University of Chicago Library and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

Curator: Lauren Stokes, Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, The University of Chicago

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The Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles Project

Homo t-shirt: "The University of Chicago is gayer than you think."

Ho-mo t-shirt. Donated by Scott Dennis. Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles. Collection. The University of Chicago Library.

Based on previous research into women’s history and experience at the University, students and faculty at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality identified a pressing need to capture the history and experience of LGBTQ individuals and communities at the University of Chicago. In 2011, the CSGS launched the project Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles, documenting LGBTQ life at the University of Chicago from the early 20th century through the present day. During this time, students and staff working on the project have collected more than 95 oral histories, gathered donated materials from alumni, students and student groups, and mined the archives at the University of Chicago Library, Northwestern University, the Kinsey Institute, the Chicago History Museum, Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison for materials.

In addition to producing new scholarship, the Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles Project contributes to building community and expertise around the history of sexuality across disciplines by providing undergraduate and graduate students at the University space for research and intergenerational mentorship. The project has offered a yearly undergraduate course that has trained students in oral history and archival research methods and exploring LGBTQ history. The project also brings scholars of LGBTQ history working in universities and archives across the United States to campus for public lectures and student/faculty workshops.

Opening Gala

Chicago Pride Parade, 1991

Photograph from Chicago Pride Parade, 1991. Chicago Maroon, June 1991. University of Chicago Photographic Archive, apf7-03416-001, Special Collections Research Center, The University of Chicago Library. Used with permission of the Chicago Maroon.

Date: April 1
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery, The University of Chicago Library, 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637
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Celebrate the opening of the exhibition Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles: A History of LGBTQ Life at the University of Chicago. A reception and short program will mark the opening, and visitors will have the opportunity to meet researchers, oral history narrators and project organizers.  

Use of Images and Media Contact

Images from the exhibition included on this page are available for download by members of the media, and are reserved for editorial use in connection with University of Chicago Library exhibitions, programs, or related news.  For more information, contact Rachel Rosenberg at or 773-834-1519, or Susie Allen at or 773-702-4009.

Writing – Creating Value III: GSA workshop

When: Tuesday, March 10, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Regenstein Library, Room A-11
1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL
Description: Writing – Creating Value III – This workshop will examine some different techniques for adapting your writing to different audiences. In some cases, a piece of writing can be taken as valuable in multiple contexts, but more often than not, the rhetorics of value differ for different readers. This session is about those differences. Limited to 20 participants. Advance registration required; register here.
Cost: Free
Contact: Graduate Student Affairs
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Tag: Graduate Students
Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance.
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Extended Library hours March 13 – 15

To support students preparing for finals, Crerar, Mansueto and Regenstein will extend weekend building hours during reading period and finals week.

Mansueto will be open Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 until 12:45 a.m. Crerar and Regenstein will be open these days until 1 a.m.

The Regenstein 1st floor all-night study space will be open 24 hours until the end of finals on Friday, March 20.

For a full list of library hours, see

Pop-up dissertation writing space opens March 2 on Regenstein’s A Level

A pop-up writing space, Plato’s Cave at the Library, has opened on a pilot basis to Ph.D. students who have participated in one of the Dissertation Write-In programs or Graduate Writing Workshops. Located in Regenstein Library Room A01C (the former MacLab) on the A Level, Plato’s Cave at the Library will have drop-in hours on Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The pilot program will be in place through the end of spring quarter.

A joint project of Graduate Student Affairs and the Library, Plato’s Cave at the Library is intended to be a quiet, focused destination where graduate students can make progress on writing projects, including dissertation proposals, dissertations, and/or fellowship applications.

Graduate writing consultants will also be available for one-on-one sessions to work with students, not just on particular problems in drafts but also to develop advanced skills for revisions.

“We are delighted to provide special work space on a pilot basis for graduate students writing their dissertations,” said Brenda Johnson, Library Director and University Librarian.  “Support for graduate student research and learning is an important part of the Library’s mission.  I’m pleased we can make available dedicated space for dissertation writing in Regenstein, where many graduate students already come to use collections and consult subject specialists.”

Participants must pre-register once for drop-in access to Plato’s Cave at the Library, after which they will be granted unlimited access.

Online guides to best practices in fair use

Fair Use icon: A scale showing a copyright symbol and mortarboard in balance

© 2008 Michael Brewer & ALA Office of Information Technology Policy, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Determining fair use is not often straightforward, but there are a number of tools available to help you, including interactive evaluation tools that walk you through the four factors of fair use, and help you to determine whether your use requires extra permission.

The Center for Media & Social Impact at American University in Washington, D.C., has developed a number of guides for best practices in fair use. They include best practices for use of images in teaching, research, and study, best practices for online video, and more.

Visit our Fair Use guide for links to evaluation tools and best practices.

Fair Use Week is being celebrated February 23-27 at the University of Chicago and throughout the U.S. and Canada, as coordinated by the Association of Research Libraries.

R Statistics: Introductory Tutorial: TECHB@R workshop

When: Thursday, March 5, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: TECHB@R Regenstein Library, Room 160
Description: The Introductory tutorial to R will give you a broad understanding of the basics of using R and R Studio as well as some programming insight for this mathematical-statistical software. In this 90 minute tutorial, we will go over some useful commands to import, analyze, graph and present output in a professional way. Previous experience with R is not required but attendees are highly encouraged to bring their own laptops and download R and R Studio in advance. In case you need help setting up, please come to the Techbar at least 15 minutes before this workshop and our staff can help.

There is no fee for this tutorial, but registration is required. Seating is limited, so sign up soon! Click on the link below to register!

Contact: Academic Technologies
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Tag: Graduate Students, Staff, Training, Student Career Development, Workshops
Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance.
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Uncommon Fund grant winner requests title recommendations for young adult fiction at the Library

The University of Chicago’s Uncommon Fund has generously granted $10,000 to create a young adult fiction section for the Library. This grant will be used to purchase beloved books that shaped students’ experiences before they came to the University. These books are not normally acquired; new titles will enhance and complement the Library’s collections of fiction, including popular fiction supported by the Class of 2000 Book Fund.

Maya Handa, the College student whose application was successful in the competitive selection process, is organizing the book selection process. She is soliciting recommendations for books, which she defines as “anything written for or marketed to young adults between the ages of 11 and 18.” She has created a GoogleDocs form and invites students to “Fill out this form as many times as you would like to request your favorite books written by John Green, Sharon Creech, Tamora Pierce, Cassandra Clare, Diana Wynne Jones, Eoin Colfer, Garth Nix, Lemony Snicket, Rick Riordan, and more!” Students may also email her at with any questions.

The Uncommon Fund is allocated by Student Government to support creative and interesting student projects or initiatives on campus. Its goal is to encourage students to take action on campus in creative and unique ways. Past projects supported by the Uncommon Fund involving the Library include a scholarly symposium on medieval art and a student-focused opening event for the exhibition On the Edge: Medieval Margins and the Margins of Academic Life in 2012, installation of a hot water dispenser in Regenstein in January 2014, and free distribution of print copies of the Chicago Tribune in Regenstein in autumn 2014.

Upcoming Event: “More Than Lore: Women Founders of the University of Chicago”


hitchcock and rockefeller

You probably recognize some of the men in this photo, but can you identify the woman in the front row? Do you know her name or anything about her? Would you like to?

In celebration of Women’s History Month The University of Chicago Library invites you to a study break to learn more about the women who helped build and grow the University.

The event will take place on March 4th in Regenstein Library room 122.  The highlight of the afternoon will be a talk at 3 p.m. given by Daniel Meyer, University Archivist and Director of the Special Collections Research Center, on the women who greatly contributed to the establishment of the University of Chicago. Immediately following the talk everyone is welcome to visit the Special Collections Research Center to view selected original  documents and photographs highlighting women from the University Archives.


The event schedule:

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

2:30 p.m. Doors open, room 122, Regenstein Library. Refreshments served, women’s history-themed giveaways

3:00-3:30 p.m. More Than Lore: Women Founders of UChicago, talk given by Daniel Meyer

3:30-4:30 p.m. Display open in the Special Collections Research Center, room 130, Regenstein Library

Plus, pick up one of our new University of Chicago Women trading cards.  Collect them all!

UChicago Women Trading Cards

Famous women of University of Chicago trading cards.