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Nobel laureate Saul Bellow’s papers open for research

The Saul Bellow Papers—the largest collection of the Nobel laureate’s personal papers in the world—are now open for research in the Special Collections Research Center at the University of Chicago Library. A detailed guide describing the archive’s contents is newly available online. Continue reading »

Concrete Poetry, Concrete Book

Concrete Poetry, Concrete Book

Drawing on the remarkable collection of rare artists’ books housed in the University of Chicago Library, “Concrete Poetry, Concrete Book: Artists’ Books in German-speaking Space after 1945” explores how artists in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland investigated the material and technical forms of the book. On view January 17 – March 17. Continue reading »

Alma Lach Test Kitchen

Alma Lach’s Kitchen: Transforming Taste

This exhibition explores Alma Lach’s wide-ranging culinary career and displays selections from her fascinating collection of cookbooks. On view September 19, 2016 – January 6, 2017. Continue reading »

Detail of The Desert Well, Persia

Cyrus Leroy Baldridge: Illustrator, Explorer, Activist

Cyrus Baldridge’s prodigious artistic talents and UChicago education (PhB 1911), combined with a humanistic political awareness, led to the publication of several lavishly illustrated books focusing on his experience of world cultures. This exhibition explores his unconventional life. Continue reading »

Bernadette Mayer

A Reading by Poet Bernadette Mayer on April 20

Bernadette Mayer, a major influence in the contemporary poetry scene for more than four decades, reads from her work at the Joseph Regenstein Library on April 20 from 6-7:30 p.m. Continue reading »

Bhadrabahu. Kalpasūtra.

Envisioning South Asia: Texts, Scholarship, Legacies

From palm leaf manuscripts to historical maps, and from rare books to digital projects, “Envisioning South Asia” offers a kaleidoscopic tour through scholarly and popular imaginations in text and image. The exhibition is on display in the Special Collection Research Center from January 11 to March 18. Continue reading »

Illustration by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Poetic associations and the Wachs collection

Romantic and Victorian poets were celebrities and, often, close friends, part of a literary community that influenced their professional and personal lives. Dr. Gerald N. Wachs collected their works, seeking whenever possible copies that were presented by the author to other writers, friends, or family members. Continue reading »

Chicago Pride Parade, 1991

Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles: A History of LGBTQ Life at the University of Chicago

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 in Special Collections.

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‘I Step Out of Myself’: Portrait Photography in Special Collections

The exhibition “I Step Out of Myself” highlights outstanding examples of fine art and photojournalistic portraiture held in the Special Collections Research Center. Rare 20th-century works on display from January 12 to March 20 include photographs by Eva Watson Schütze, Carl Van Vechten, Layle Silbert . . . Continue reading »

Sur le pont

En Guerre: French Illustrators and World War I

Exhibition Location: Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery, 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL
Dates: October 14, 2014 – January 2, 2015
On the centenary of the Great War’s commencement, “En Guerre: French Illustrators and World War I” explores the conflict through French graphic illustration of the period. Continue reading »