The Old University of Chicago in the New: The Library

Anne Knafl & Nancy Spiegel
The University of Chicago was incorporated in 1856 on ten acres of land at 35th and Cottage Grove, donated by Senator Stephan A. Douglas. The first classes were held on September 9, 1858. Like any “Institution of learning, of high order,” the newly formed University possessed a library. Over the next twenty-seven years, the University grew its collection to approximately 7,000 volumes. These 7,000 volumes formed the basis of the library of the University when...
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