Stacey Robertson
Hearts Beating for Liberty: Women Abolitionists...
History, Chicago Style
Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt during the Yalta Conference, February 1945. Photograph by Ralph Graham.
Photos Reveal Candid Moments from Yalta Conference
The James Francis Driscoll Collection of American Sheet Music is well represented in the Love on Paper exhibition.
Love on Paper
Stacey Robertson
Stacey Robertson
Hearts Beating for Liberty: Women Abolitionists in the Old Northwest : A Meet the Author Program
Thursday 3/12

Challenging traditional histories of abolition, historian Stacey Robertson shifts the focus away from the East to show how the women of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin helped build a vibrant antislavery movement in the Old Northwest.

History, Chicago Style

Chicago history comes alive this March at the Newberry with a series of free "Meet the Author" events. The lectures, delivered by authors of recent work about Chicago, promise to illuminate dark corners of the city's past and deliver new insights based on popular local lore.

Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt during the Yalta Conference, February 1945. Photograph by Ralph Graham.
Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt during the Yalta Conference, February 1945. Photograph by Ralph Graham.
Photos Reveal Candid Moments from Yalta Conference

The Newberry has acquired a set of artifacts that may shed new light on the Yalta Conference, the diplomatic gathering of Allied leaders who, in the final months of World War II, established the terms for peace and the new boundaries of postwar Europe.

The James Francis Driscoll Collection of American Sheet Music is well represented in the Love on Paper exhibition.
The James Francis Driscoll Collection of American Sheet Music is well represented in the Love on Paper exhibition.
Love on Paper
Thursday 1/15 to Saturday 4/4

Love comes in all shapes and sizes, spanning the centuries and the globe – especially when expressed on paper. That’s precisely why the Newberry’s Love on Paper displays such an eclectic array of collection items, ranging from proclamations and pictures to cynical put-downs and comical send-ups of love.

Core Collections

American Indian and Indigenous Studies

As a collection of Americana, the Edward E. Ayer Collection is one of the best in the country and one of the strongest collections on American Indians.

Manuel Rodriguez. Compendio Geografico, c. 1768.

Genealogy and Local History

The Newberry has been actively collecting genealogy and local history materials since 1887.

American History and Culture

The Newberry has deep collections reflecting the breadth of American history and culture through World War One.

Gaylord Watson, Chicago Fire Map. 1871.

Chicago and the Midwest

The collections contain extensive materials on the history of Chicago and the Midwest, including its growth, politics, and eclectic inhabitants.

From the Stacks

Marital Power

Elizabeth Packard

On June 18th, 1860, Elizabeth Packard was taken from her home in Manteno, Illinois, and placed in an asylum—without trial or a thorough assembly of evidence to support her institutionalization. Packard’s husband was a devout Calvinist who felt threatened by his wife’s outspoken opposition to his religious views. To silence his wife and protect his reputation, he arranged for Elizabeth’s confinement, which lasted three years.

Union Do's and Don'ts: Pullman Porters Unite

A. Philip Randolph

The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP), the first African American labor union in the United States, was established by A. Philip Randolph in August 1925 in New York City. In this document, Randolph threatened, in no uncertain terms, African American Pullman employees who sided against the BSCP.