So much happens every day at the Newberry. We challenged Kartemquin Films to capture the story of the Newberry—our activities, our people, our collections, our community. We’re delighted with the result and we invite you to see the Newberry Library for yourself.
The Newberry collects on western European music to the early twentieth century, American music to the mid-twentieth, and on musical life in Chicago.
The Newberry has a rich collection of manuscripts ranging from medieval Books of Hours to twentieth-century scrapbooks and letters.
The Newberry has been actively collecting genealogy and local history materials since 1887.
The Newberry houses an extraordinary collection of over 500,000 maps and sources relating to the history and culture of travel.
From the Stacks
Though automobiles were already, by the 1920s, becoming the preferred form of transportation for short trips between American cities, trains remained the most convenient and efficient way to cover larger distances. The railroads preserved their competitive advantage in this area in part through the promotion of tourism.
The Newberry holds two editions of this work in the Edward E. Ayer Collection, as one might expect in a renowned collection on the history and culture of American Indians. But a third copy was recently added to the Newberry’s John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing, for its relevance as an artifact of the publishing industry.