1906-1907 Expedition to Egypt
A Paper "Fold-a-Bull" inspired by the Lamassu at the OI


Imagine, Interact, Engage

Archives everywhere conserve objects of cultural heritage for future generations, but archives are often endangered and forgotten. Do not forget, engage! Explore how archives connect us with our past and future through the OI's Cultural Heritage Experiment. The CHE will loan archival objects to undergraduates for the 2019-2020 academic year. Your object will allow you to engage with the archive, interact with the past, and imagine new contexts. Join us!


  • Lending Days are coming up on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 from 8 am to 12 pm and Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 8 am to 12 pm.
  • New and exciting objects of cultural heritage will be available on both days! Please come and join us!
  • This event will take place at the Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St. in Breasted Hall on the first floor.
  • Refreshments will be provided.


The archives of the Oriental Institute encompass materials spanning nearly 120 years, documenting the beginning of ancient Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago around 1900 and the history of the Oriental Institute. Contained within the walls of the archive are administrative documents, correspondence, dictionary projects, excavation records, film, faculty papers, and photography

The archival record is constantly in flux due to the fact that it continues to expand while being subject to processes of cataloging, curation, and digitization. In light of this reality, the vastness of the OI Museum Archives is not yet fully understood and new treasures are always coming to light. The scale and scope of the archives makes using and organizing them a mode of excavation. This process is essential not only for preserving the past for future generations, but for ensuring their discoverability in the present. The Cultural Heritage Experiment is one way in which you can participate in making our history visible now.


The categories of objects available for loan include: photographs, plans, posters, drawings, maps, silk screens, folios, casts, replicas, and prints. Fifty objects will be loaned out in total to undergraduates at the University of Chicago.


  • A copy of the loan document that you will sign is available here.
  • A list of potential items for distribution can be found here.
  • FAQ's

For more information contact: Anne Flannery at oi-che@uchicago.edu



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Borrow your Objects between 8 am and 12 pm on 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 or

Thursday, October 10, 2019