Chicago in the Year 2000 (CITY2000) collection
University of Illinois at Chicago, Special Collections (Library of the
1750 W. Polk StChicago, ILUSA
- Repository Number
- Chicago in the Year 2000, 1999 - 2002
- Chicago in the Year 2000 (CITY2000) collection
- 1999-2001, bulk 2000
- The Chicago in the Year 2000, or CITY2000, was conceived by
Lands End founder Gary Comer as a way to capture the city and its citizens on the cusp
of a new millennium. Comer hired Rich Cahan from the Chicago Tribune to manage the
project, who in turn collaborated with over 200 photographers, videographers, and
journalists to document the entire year in all 50 wards. The projects ranged from the
mundane and familiar to the innovative and unique, documenting the contents in ladies'
purses and back porches across Chicago, to the 2000 election, including reparations
hearings, the Justice for Janitors SEIU local #1 strike, the unveiling of Sue the T-Rex,
the Special Olympics, the Native American 8th Annual Pow Wow Contest, and more.
The project officially began on January 1 and continued through December 31, culminating in 2805 projects containing thousands of images and hundreds of audiovisual recordings.
- Language of the Material
The Chicago in the Year 2000, or CITY2000, was conceived by Lands End founder Gary Comer as a way to capture the city and its citizens on the cusp of a new millennium. Comer hired Rich Cahan from the Chicago Tribune to manage the project, who in turn collaborated with over 200 photographers, videographers, and journalists to document the entire year in all 50 wards. The project officially began on January 1 and continued through December 31. In 2001, the project ended and the material was donated to the UIC Library.
Scope and Content
The CITY2000 collection, donated to the UIC Library in 2001 and housed in the Special Collections department, consists of 2,805 projects completed by over 200 photographers, videographers and journalists documenting the life of a major American city on the cusp of the millennium. 72% of the collection is comprised of still image film projects, while the remainder were created in video and audio formats in use at the time. Almost all the material was created within Chicago. Some material documents the build-up and winding down of the project in 1999 and 2001.
In addition to the creative output, the collection contains administrative files, which contains meeting minutes, research files, and planning documents, as well as ephemera.
The records are arranged into two series: Project files and Administrative files. In either series, the materials contain audiovisual and manuscript materials. Project files are arranged by project number. Administrative files are arranged chronologically.
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Comer Archive of Chicago in the Year 2000 collection, MSCITY01, Box #, Folder #, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Illinois Chicago.
Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois Chicago
Accession No. 2001.020.MS. Acquired 2001-07-30
Described by Megan Keller Young. Released on 2021-01-04.
Released on 2021-01-04.
Released on 2021-01-04.