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  • Our most heartfelt thanks to Jack Cella, who has devoted the past 43 years to running a truly remarkable independent bookstore -- the Seminary Co-op -- and to serving its even more remarkable customers.

    The Hyde Park community may have made it possible for the Co-op to become what it has, but it was in no small part Jack who made it so. We hope you know our gratitude and our appreciation. Borrowing words from these participants in The Seminary Co-op Documentary Project:

    "Jack and others are just an unbelievable resource in terms of knowledge of the books. I don't know how many times I've walked in and I said, 'Jack, there's this book on such-and-such a topic, and I can't remember the author and I can't remember the title, can you help me find it?' And he finds it. Invariably." ~ Paul Schyve

    "One of the secrets of the success of the [Co-op] is the management. [Jack] is probably one of the hardest working book-men I know of. And that kind of caring about books is what also keeps me coming back. You feel a certain way when you go in there -- you feel the seriousness, you feel the love, you feel the caring...Jack is probably the only man in books, that I know, that works just as hard as I do!" ~ Haki Madhubuti

    We will miss you. And we promise to take care of your bookstore.

    Megan E. Doherty & Jasmine Kwong
    The Seminary Co-op Documentary Project
  • Article by the National Association of College Stores, May 10, 2013.
  • Article in the New City, May 9, 2013.
  • Co-op general manager Jack Cella gave us a shout-out in the Chicago Magazine, May 8, 2013. Thanks, Jack!
  • Article in the Medill Reports, May 1, 2013.
  • Special Collections Exhibition reported in the Maroon, April 26, 2013.
  • Note in the Hyde Park Herald, March 13, 2013.
  • The Seminary Co-op Documentary Project received a grant from the Uncommon Fund, reported in Chicago Business, March 4, 2013 and the Red Eye, March 13, 2013.
  • Article "Stories from the Seminary Co-op" in the Hyde Park Herald, February 27, 2013.
  • Project mentioned in The Paris Review blog, January 29, 2013.
  • An allusion to the Project in The Chronicle Review, January 14, 2013.
  • Project mentioned in The University of Chicago Magazine, November 19, 2012.
  • Project mentioned in the Chicago Tribune, November 16, 2012.
  • Project spotlighted in the Chicago Tribune, November 16, 2012.
  • Project mentioned in the Bleader (the Reader blog), November 12, 2012.
  • Project notecards available for sale at the Seminary Co-op, October 13, 2012.
  • Project Directors interviewed by Chicago Tribune, October 9, 2012.
  • Documentary project profiled in the Reader, September 12, 2012.
  • Project Directors interviewed by Hyde Park Herald, September 7, 2012.
  • Feature essay and photography spread in University of Chicago Magazine, July/August 2012.
  • Project Directors interviewed by Time Out Chicago, July 3, 2012.
  • Project was mentioned by the Harvard University Press blog, June 6, 2012.
  • ​Shout out from Friends of Blackstone Public Library blog, June 1, 2012.

Past Events

  • Exhibition at the Special Collections Research Center

    Regenstein Library, 1100 E. 57th St.
    April 22-July 13, 2013

  • Curator Tours at the Special Collections Research Center

    June 6, 2013, 4-5pm
    June 9, 2013, 1:30-2:30pm

  • Exhibition at the Hyde Park Historical Society

    5529 S. Lake Park Ave.
    March 16 – June 30, 2013, Sat & Sun 2-4pm
    Artists Talk and opening reception: March 16, 2013, 2-4pm

  • Artists Talk at the Seminary Co-op

    Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.
    May 10 '13, 6-7pm

  • Artists Talk at the Robie House

    Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave.
    April 12 '13, 5-8pm, Talk at 6:30pm

  • Artist Talk at the University of Chicago Divinity School's Wednesday Community Luncheon

    Swift Hall Common Room, 1025 E. 58th St.
    April 17 '13, 12-1:15pm
    Cost: $5 at the door

  • Exhibit 1

    10 prints, ~20 captions/stories
    Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts
    May 5 - June 22, 2012

  • Exhibit 2

    20 prints, ~20 captions/stories
    Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
    June 1 - June 27, 2012

  • Exhibit 3

    20 prints, ~20 captions/stories
    5757 S. University Ave
    June 1 - November 8, 2012

  • Open House

    Invited alumni to visit the bookstore, learn about the project, and participate.
    June 1, 2012