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University of Chicago (1857-1886)


Guide to the Old University of Chicago Records 1856-1890

Before the current University of Chicago, founded by one John D. Rockefeller, there was the old University of Chicago, which was founded by Senator Stephen Douglas and his associates in Illinois. This first iteration was incorporated in 1857 on land donated by the good senator and it closed rather abruptly in 1886 due to several financial difficulties. This guide to the institution's records...