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person to person

The residence hall phone booth, a center of daily life on campus when this 1952 photo was taken, has taken precedence over ankle socks and loafers. But some things are forever, like calling home or meeting up with friends. You can always message us too, either through your class correspondent or through the Alumni News Editor at [email protected] (UChicago Photographic Archive, apf4-02941, Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library)

The calm before the crowd

Staging and seating of the UChicago outdoor convocation on June 10, 1913The stage is set at Hutchinson Court for the University’s 87th Convocation on June 10, 1913. Degree candidates presented themselves to the University of Chicago Military Band’s rendition of Verdi’s triumphal march. Aida. Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs to the American Jonkheer John Loudon delivered the convocation speech. The Hutch Court ceremony, which culminated in an address by University President Harry Pratt Judson, marked nearly two decades since the University’s first outdoor convocation in the summer of 1894. This outdoor tradition will continues this year, with the 536th Main Quad Convocation on June 4th. (UChicago Photographic Archive, apf3-00439, Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library)

Talent in reserve

Artist Rainey Bennett and a customer at the 57th Street Art Fair in 1956Artist Rainey Bennett, PhB’30, shows his portfolio to a potential buyer at the 57th Street Art Fair in 1956. The commercial painter and illustrator was known during his college years for fronting a jazz band, Rainey Bennett’s Syncopators, which performed regularly on campus. balls and receptions. He played the banjo. As an artist, Bennett made a name for himself with a series of watercolors of Venezuela commissioned in 1939 by the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey and Nelson Rockefeller. By the mid-1950s he had also established a career in Chicago as a book illustrator for Scott Foresman and other publishers. The 57th Street Art Fair, which takes place every year during the first full weekend of June, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. (Photograph by Mildred LaDue Mead; UChicago Photographic Archive, apf2-09873, Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library)

Space age students

Two students with cat-eye glasses studying at UChicago in the 1950sThere’s no summoning exuberance without the last week’s grind. With specifications formed on their texts, these cat-eyed scholars have made the Harper Memorial Library their study space of choice. What was your favorite place on campus when hiding out and preparing for finals, and what were your most memorable experiences of finals week? Email us at [email protected] (UChicago Photographic Archive, apf4-01954, Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library)

Pierce Salon

Kenneth Northcott and Peter Pears at a 1976 open house at Pierce HallProfessor of German Studies Kenneth Northcott (right), the resident master of Pierce Hall, greets English tenor Peter Pears (left) during a 1976 student open day at the residence. The gathering was photographed in a University of Chicago Magazine article announcing a new era in residential life: “The dormitories are full of informal lectures and seminars, musical events, and opportunities for discussion with faculty members and other scholars.” What memories do you keep of the social and intellectual effervescence of your residence? Has your home hosted any special events or memorable speakers? Email us at [email protected] (Photograph by Myron Davis, AB’79 (Class of 1940); UChicago Photographic Archive, apf4-02898, Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library)

Hustle and row

The 1986 fundraising ergathon for the Chicago CrewThe University of Chicago team takes advantage of the spring at Hutchinson Court to clock miles for their 1986 ‘ergathon’ fundraiser, in which they ran 1,150 miles and raised nearly $2,800, some rowers reaching up to 50 miles each and the record holder reaching 100. First held the previous year, the ergathon takes its name from the rower (ergometer) that crew members used to train ashore. During the marathon, the indoor rower, a standard Concept2 model, became a tool to display stats and turn them into dollars: crew members got pledges per mile from from individuals and businesses, with proceeds going to purchase new racing equipment and defray other operating costs. (Copyright 2022. Chicago brown. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.)

Closure hour

Interior of Hyde Park Woolworth during its closing saleIn the summer of 1997, the FW Woolworth Company announced plans to close its fivepenny variety stores nationwide. The closing sale at Woolworth’s in the Hyde Park shopping center gave locals one last chance to snag bargains on everyday goods before the store’s shelves on 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue emptied forever in August. “The era of dime stores was over,” lamented the Chicago Grandstand, noting that “Woolworth’s represented a way of life in America, in which a spool of thread sometimes shared shelf space with a plastic kazoo.” Were you a patron of Woolworth? Do you remember shopping for essentials or oddities there, or hanging out with classmates or neighbors at the lunch counter? Send us a note at [email protected] (Photograph by Yong Kim, SB’00. Copyright 2022. Chicago brown. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.)


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