history

University of Chicago, 1893
University of Chicago, 1893

View from the Ferris wheel of the World's Columbia Exposition on the Midway

Walker Museum, 1893
Walker Museum, 1893

The Walker Museum, first home of Anthropology, with the Ferris wheel from the World's Columbia Exposition in backgraound. (University of Chicago Photographic Archive, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library).

UChicago Convocation, 1894
UChicago Convocation, 1894
Haskell Hall, 1896
Haskell Hall, 1896

First home of the Oriental Institute, current home (since 1979) of the Anthropology Department. (University of Chicago Photographic Archive, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library).

Haskell Hall 1896
Haskell Hall 1896

First home of the Oriental Institute, current home (since 1979) of the Anthropology Department. (University of Chicago Photographic Archive, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library).

Haskell Oriental Museum, c. 1900
Haskell Oriental Museum, c. 1900

Interior of the Museum. (University of Chicago Photographic Archive, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library).

Haskell Oriental Museum, c. 1900
Haskell Oriental Museum, c. 1900

The library. (University of Chicago Photographic Archive, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library).

Haskell Oriental Museum, c. 1900
Haskell Oriental Museum, c. 1900

The library. (University of Chicago Photographic Archive, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library).

Haskell Oriental Museum, c. 1900
Haskell Oriental Museum, c. 1900

The Library. (University of Chicago Photographic Archive, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library).

Walker Museum, 1900
Walker Museum, 1900

First home of Anthropology. (University of Chicago Photographic Archive, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library).

UChicago Convocation 1901
UChicago Convocation 1901

William Rainey Harper (1st University President) and John D. Rockefeller (patron)

UChicago Convocation 1901
UChicago Convocation 1901

William Rainey Harper (1st University President) and John D. Rockefeller (patron)

Oriental Institute in Nubia
Oriental Institute in Nubia

Egyptian Expedition of 1905-1907

University of Chicago, 1907
University of Chicago, 1907

A postcard view of the University of Chicago campus in 1907 with horse-drawn buggy and early motor car.

University of Chicago, c. 1910
University of Chicago, c. 1910

Haskell Hall in upper left-center.

Haskell Oriental Museum, c. 1910
Haskell Oriental Museum, c. 1910

First home of the Oriental Institute, current home of the Anthropology Department

Classics Cornerstone Laying, 1914
Classics Cornerstone Laying, 1914

Cornerstone laying ceremony for the Classics building, archaeologist Frank Bigelow Tarbell doing the honors. (University of Chicago Photographic Archive, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library).

New Classics building, 1915
New Classics building, 1915

The new Classics building nearing completion, 1915. (University of Chicago Photographic Archive, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library).

Classics Library, 1915
Classics Library, 1915

Library of the Classics building in 1915. Designed by Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge. (University of Chicago Photographic Archive, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library).

James Henry Breasted, 1919
James Henry Breasted, 1919

James Henry Breasted, expedition to Ur 1919, with British Army soldiers

Oriental Institute Expedition, 1919
Oriental Institute Expedition, 1919

James Henry Breasted (in helmet) and his assistants on an early field expedition in 1919. (University of Chicago Photographic Archive, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library).

University of Chicago,1921
University of Chicago,1921
Classics Library, 1920s?
Classics Library, 1920s?

Library of the Classics building, perhaps during the 1920s. (University of Chicago Photographic Archive, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library).

UChicago Archaeology Truck, 1926
UChicago Archaeology Truck, 1926

The Archaeology truck in front of Walker Museum in 1926. Left to right: John Blackburne, Paul Martin, Edward Sapir, and Fay-Cooper Cole. (University of Chicago Photographic Archive, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library).

UChicago Archaeology Truck, 1926
UChicago Archaeology Truck, 1926

Fay-Cooper Cole and Edward Sapir wishing bon voyage to Paul Martin and John Blackburne. (University of Chicago Photographic Archive, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library).

Fay-Cooper Cole, 1926
Fay-Cooper Cole, 1926

Fay-Cooper Cole and Rufus Dawes at a Hopewell site on the Illinois River, 1926. (University of Chicago Photographic Archive, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library).

Haskell Oriental Museum, 1920s
Haskell Oriental Museum, 1920s

Haskell Hall, original home of the Oriental Institute and current home (since 1979) of the Department of Anthropology

James Henry Breasted, 1920s
James Henry Breasted, 1920s
James Henry Breasted, Egypt, 1920s
James Henry Breasted, Egypt, 1920s

Breasted copying inscriptions of Thutmose III.

Chicago House, Luxor, 1924
Chicago House, Luxor, 1924

The original Chicago House was designed by James Henry Breasted and was home to the Oriental Institute's Epigraphic Survey. It was located on the west bank of the Nile near Medinet Habu. This was replaced with a new Chicago house in 1931.

Medinet Habu, 1926
Medinet Habu, 1926

Epigraphic Survey Team of Chicago House, Egypt

Medinet Habu, 1920s
Medinet Habu, 1920s

James Henry Breasted observes the raising of the sarcophagus of Harsiese

Illinois Mounds Excavation, 1926
Illinois Mounds Excavation, 1926

Illinois Mounds excavation of 1926, with UChicago graduate student Charlotte Gower Chapman. (University of Chicago Photographic Archive, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library).

Hopewell Mounds, 1926
Hopewell Mounds, 1926

UChicago Anthropology excavation of Hopwell mounds site, Illinois, in 1926. (University of Chicago Photographic Archive, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library).

James Henry Breasted-1920s
James Henry Breasted-1920s

James Henry Breasted in his office at the Oriental Institute

Megiddo, 1929
Megiddo, 1929

Oriental Institute tour of Megiddo, with James Henry Breasted and the Rockefeller family

Oriental Institute, 1930
Oriental Institute, 1930

Groundbreaking for the new Oriental Institute building. James Henry Breasted wields the shovel while University President Robert Maynard Hutchins observes. The Art Deco building was finished in 1930 and occupied in 1931.

The Oriental Institute, 1930
The Oriental Institute, 1930

Construction of the new Art Deco home of the Oriental Institute

The Oriental Institute, 1931
The Oriental Institute, 1931

The newly finished Oriental Institute building. (University of Chicago Photographic Archive, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library).

The New Chicago House, 1931
The New Chicago House, 1931

In 1931, the same year as the new Oriental Institute building was opened in Chicago, a new Chicago House was built on the east bank of the Nile at Luxor to replace Breasted's original complex. It was funded by John D. Rockefeller and has greatly expanded research facilities.

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