August 7, 2015 — November 15, 2015


Inaugural Exhibition

Chicago Collections presents its first public exhibition at Chicago Public Library's Harold Washington Library Center. This three month exhibition highlights notable archives, manuscripts, and objects from our members' collections. We are excited to celebrate our collaboration with the Chicago community as Chicago Collections continues to grow.

About the Exhibit

Where: Chicago Public Library's Harold Washington Library Center,
Special Collections Exhibit Hall, 9th Floor, 400 S. State Street

When: August 7–November 15, 2015

WhO: Free and Open to the Public

What: The stories Chicagoans tell about themselves and their history are as diverse and dynamic as the city itself. But where do they find the resources and evidence to bring those stories to life? Raw Material: Uncovering Chicago's Historical Collections answers this question using a rich display of personal, cultural, and historical artifacts including photographs, letters, diaries, and other diverse items that tell stories linking Chicago’s past to the intimate, personal experiences of life in our city.

Learn more about the inaugural exhibition team.


Presented by Chicago Collections in collaboration with Chicago Public Library, this exhibition is generously supported by an anonymous donor and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

  • Chicago Collections
  • City of Chicago
  • Chicago Public Library
  • The Gladys Krimble Delmas Foundation