Photos from the archives and readers like you.
Refresh my memory
Undergrads connect over jukebox tunes and soda pop in an Ida Noyes Hall social room in 1944. Opened in 1916 as an athletic, cultural, and recreational club for women on campus, Ida Noyes Hall quickly became a hub for all students. (Photography by St. Louis Post-Dispatch, UChicago Photographic Archive, apf4-03442, Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library)
In the cards
An employee flips through the library’s first card catalog in this ca. 1893 photograph. The University’s library opened in 1892 and spent its first decade in a temporary one-story building that also housed the gymnasium and the University’s press. Hutchinson Courtyard occupies that site today. What was the most surprising book you discovered at the library? Share your stories from the stacks with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. (UChicago Photographic Archive, apf2-04995, Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library)
Your witches that go by land, by air, and by sea
Linda (Libera) Pinney, AB’58, and castmates get ready for a November 1955 University Theater performance of The Crucible. Maroon writer Judy (Podore) Ward, AB’58, gave the play a measured review, calling it “powerful and dramatic, in spite of an occasional stiffness in its presentation.” Did you pal around backstage during any theater productions on campus? Were you a card-carrying member of the Communist Party? Send your confessions to email@example.com. (Photography by Archie Lieberman/Black Star; UChicago Photographic Archive, apf4-03749, Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library)
We get groovin’ when the sun goes down
Recent alumni let it all hang out at the 1967 Reunion Fling. What Alumni Weekend experiences had your hearts a-thumpin’? Contact us, no matter where you are, no matter how far, at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Photography by Stanley Karter, EX’66; UChicago Photographic Archive, apf3-02045, Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library)
On October 19, 1977, Prince Charles (King Charles III as of September 2022) spent four hours at UChicago. The bells of Rockefeller Chapel announced the prince’s arrival outside Ida Noyes Hall. He joined 230 students for beef tenderloin at the Cloister Club, considered student protesters’ “Free Ireland” signs, led a discussion on King George III at Burton Judson Courts, admired the scanning electron microscope laboratory, and sipped tea at Swift Hall. Laura Naujokas Stern, AB’80, shared her memory of the event: “I was fortunate to be selected as a student for a luncheon. He had asked for a diverse group of students. … I like to tell friends and family that I had lunch with Prince Charles. Quite a memory from my college days.” The King’s coronation is scheduled to take place May 6. Did you cross paths with a VIP during your UChicago days? Regale us with your tale at email@example.com. (UChicago Photographic Archive, apf3-02646, Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library)
Irving Spergel (second from right), the George Herbert Jones Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Service Administration, speaks with colleagues in 1984. Working at UChicago for nearly half a century, Spergel, who died in 2010, dedicated his career to understanding the complex causes of gang violence and developing a holistic, community-focused response that became known as the Spergel model. Share your memories of Irving Spergel with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Photography by Jim Wright, UChicago Photographic Archive, apf1-11140, Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library)
Members of ska and soul band the Adjusters strike a pose in 1996. After their first show, held in a UChicago basement, the group went on to release three studio albums. Over the years, the band’s personnel included Jessica Basta, AB’95; Matthew Rudd, SM’96; Jason Packer, SB’97; Clayton Harper, AB’98; Ben Getting, AB’98; Nick Dempsey, AB’98, AM’02, PhD’08; Matt Parker, AM’98, PhD’05; Daraka Kenric Larimore-Hall, AB’99; Joan Axthelm, AB’99; Raphael Leib, EX’99; Tom Howe, AB’00, SM’07; Julien Headley, AB’03; and Josh Thurston-Milgrom, AB’08. Were you there when the Adjusters got their start? We want to hear about it: email@example.com. (Photography by Alma (Limprecht) Klein, AB’98; Copyright 2023, The Chicago Maroon. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.)
My cuppa runneth over
Friends spill the tea during a midcentury International House fête. Founder Harry Edmonds (with funding from John D. Rockefeller Jr.) established three International Houses in the United States and one in Paris to provide scholars from around the world with a space to live and learn together and a forum for conversations on global issues. For 90 years, International House at the University of Chicago has done both. Did you live in I-House or attend an event there? Share your I-House memories with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. (UChicago Photographic Archive, apf4-02878, Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library)
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