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Many universities have extensive archives that document their institutions' growth, development and evolution, and the University of Chicago is no exception. Their current archival photo files digitization project began in February 2002, and the first stage was recently completed and made available for the general public on this website. This first set of images to be made available comes from the series titled "Buildings and Grounds". Of course, the photographs and visual materials contained within cover a wide range of subjects, ranging from zoning maps of the surrounding areas in the early 20th century to photographs of various buildings under construction from the 1890s to the 1920s. There are a number of real finds contained within the archives, including a photograph of that legendary educational iconoclast Robert Maynard Hutchins at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Oriental Institute and Enrico Fermi placing a time capsule inside the Accelerator building at the James Franck Institute.
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