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The Special Collections Research Center is home to the University of Chicago Library's rare books, archives, and manuscript collections. Special Collections is a vibrant, interactive place to conduct research, engage in classes using original sources, and view changing exhibitions.
Overview of Collections
The Special Collections Research Center is the unit within the library charged with acquiring, preserving, arranging, describing, and making accessible items of records, manuscripts, and books of historical value. Below are descriptions of our primary collections:
Souvenirs! Get Your Souvenirs! Chicago Mementos and Memorabilia
Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery
July 22, 2013 - October 5, 2013
Souvenirs! Get Your Souvenirs! is the latest in an ongoing Special Collections archival series, Discover Hidden Archives Treasures. This installment focuses upon Chicago's two World's Fairs: the Columbian Exposition of 1893 and the Century of Progress in 1933-1934.
The inspiration for this show were objects and ephemera from the Ian Mueller Collection of Chicago Memorabilia. Professor Ian Mueller (1938-2010) was the University of Chicago's preeminent scholar in Greek philosophy of science and the reception of Plato and Aristotle in late antiquity. He may have been best known for his many academic accomplishments, but in his spare time Professor Mueller loved to collect souvenirs and memorabilia relating to Chicago, the University, and the two World's Fairs. The theme of this exhibition also allowed us to draw on other collections in an effort to document these two World's Fairs.
Souvenirs! Get Your Souvenirs! celebrates these expositions with a special attention paid to the ways in which visitors memorialized their travels through keepsakes and ephemera – from postcards, ticket stubs and guidebooks to home décor, and commemorative medals.