The setting of the University of Chicago affords easy access to the extraordinary cultural resources of a major international city. See below for a brief, and not at all exhaustive, list of some of the Chicago cultural institutions that have been of interest to academics from the Department of English. Each of these institutions has its own institutional history and strengths, often including significant collections of books and archival materials. University of Chicago graduate students can also utilize the library collections and resources of colleges and universities around the city through reciprocal agreements.
Costumes and Textiles Collection (Chicago History Museum)
Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection in Afro-American History and Literature (Woodson Regional, Chicago Public Library)
Mapping the Stacks: A Guide to Black Chicago's Hidden Archives
Chicago Jazz Archive
Long-running workshops associated with the Department of English include workshops in Medieval Studies, Renaissance, 18th- and 19th-Century Atlantic Cultures, Poetry and Poetics, and Theater and Performance Studies. Students and faculty with particular areas of interests can form new workshops; see the full list of Council on Advanced Studies workshops.