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Learn more about ancient Mesopotamia
Journey back in time to ancient Iraq to learn about the Mesopotamians and the origins of farming, written language, and cities. »

The Columbian Exposition
Chicago World's Fair 1893
Find out more about the Chicago World's Fair of 1893!
The World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 was a pivotal moment in Chicago's history. The fair marked Chicago's appearance on the world stage. Not only did the world take notice of Chicago, but Chicago left its mark on the world. »

Great Migration Find out more about  the  Great Migration.
Get a better understanding of the Great Migration by examining letters of inquiry written by African American southerners searching for opportunities in northern cities during the first World War. »

Articles by scholars from the University of Chicago

Ancient Egypt Find out more about Lost Egypt
Research Ancient Egypt using our exclusive resources: Lost Egypt: Photography and the Early Documentation of Egyptian Monuments and Religion in the Lives of Ancient Egyptians. »

Cahokia: Mirror of the CosmosFind out more about  Cahokia
Learn how the Cahokians created a complex city layout based on the cosmic order in this excerpt from Sally A. Kitt Chappell's Cahokia: Mirror of the Cosmos. »

Ancient Greek Curse Tablets
by Christopher A. Faraone

Astrology in Ancient Rome: Poetry, Prophecy, and Power
by David Wray

Archaeology and National Identity in Israel
by Nadia Abu El-Haj

Athanasius Kircher and the Egyptian Oedipus
by Ingrid D. Rowland

Capital Punishment in the United States:
A Forum on Death Penalty Issues

by Brooke A. Masters, William A. Schabas, James S. Liebman, Randolph N. Stone, Joseph L. Hoffmann

End of Life Decisions
by Kenneth Prager, Brian Lehrer, Stephan Mayer, Julia Quinlan, Tikva Frymer-Kensky

Equal Protection? The Supreme Court's Decision in Bush v. Gore
by Geoffrey R. Stone

Family Values in Ancient Rome
by Richard Saller

Feminism, the Taliban and the Politics of Counterinsurgency
by Saba Mahmood, Charles Hirschkind

Mapping Africa: Problems of Regional Definition and Colonial/National Boundaries
by Ralph A. Austen

Miles of Clay: Information Management in the Ancient Near Eastern Hittite Empire
by Theo P.J. van den Hout

Should We Continue to Study Race?
by Kenneth Warren

The Correspondence of Queen Elizabeth I and King James VI
by Janel Mueller

The Origins of the Dead Sea Scrolls
by Norman Golb

The Power of Tiananmen: Intellectual Activity and the Student Movement
by Dingxin Zhao

"The Wrath of the Northmen": The Vikings and their Memory
by Christina von Nolcken

Toward Global Justice
by Martha Nussbaum

Virtue and Virtuality:  Gender in the Self-Representations of Queen Elizabeth I
by Janel Mueller

Chicago: City of NeighborhoodsFind out more about Lost Egypt
Explore the communities and neighborhoods that make Chicago one of the most diverse city in the country with selected chapters and walking tours from the 1986 book.»

Ronne Hartfield: Growing Up in Bronzeville Find out more about Ronne Hartfield experiences growing up in Bronzeville.
Explore Bronzeville through the eyes of family members that have lived in Bronzeville through generations of change. »

Chicago in 1919Find out more about Chicago in 1919!
Explore such topics as the 1919 race riot, new roles for women, the increasing uses of electricity, trends in the arts, labor organizing, business developments, and more. This unique multimedia history program makes you the historian as you sift through documents and photographs, listen to oral histories, and enjoy the top jazz, opera, and pop tunes of the day. »

Chicago City Council Proceedings Learn about Chicago City Council!
Explore this collection of early petitions, ordinances, communications and other official records from 1827-1933 to discover how police and fire protection, public works, schools and taxation originated in Chicago. Find out about the construction of the Illinois and Michigan Canal beginning in 1827, the incorporation of Chicago as a town in 1833, and the Great Fire of 1871 and its aftermath. »

Hyde Park HousesFind out more about Hyde Park Houses!
Browse through this book of commentary on and photographs of some of the stately old houses in Chicago's Hyde Park community covering the period from 1856-1910. »

A Century of Progress:
1933-34 World's Fair
A Century of Progress: 1933-34 World's Fair
Explore the theme of the Century of Progress 1933-34 World's Fair, scientific discoveries and their impact on industry and daily life, by viewing 350 pamphlets and official publications of the fair from the University of Chicago Library's collection. »

The First American West: The Ohio River Valley 1750-1820The First American West: The Ohio River Valley 1750-1820
?The First American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820? consists of 15,000 pages of original historical material documenting the land, peoples, exploration, and transformation of the trans-Appalachian West from the mid-eighteenth to the early nineteenth century. The collection is drawn from the holdings of the University of Chicago Library and the Filson Historical Society of Louisville, Kentucky. Among the sources included are books, periodicals, newspapers, pamphlets, scientific publications, broadsides, letters, journals, legal documents, ledgers and other financial records, maps, physical artifacts, and pictorial images. »

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