The Map Thief
The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed...
"Bkaing resumes after the war, Mons-en-Laonnois, 1919"; Franco-American Museum, Château de Blérancourt
American Women Rebuilding France, 1917 - 1924
"Joan of Arc Saved France" poster. Case Wing oversize D522.25 .W67 1914 no. 1
Chicago, Europe, and the Great War
Neil Steinberg
Conversations at the Newberry: Neil Steinberg and...
The Map Thief
The Map Thief
The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps : A Meet the Author Event
Saturday 9/27

Maps have long exerted a special fascination—as beautiful works of art and as practical navigational tools. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects.

"Bkaing resumes after the war, Mons-en-Laonnois, 1919"; Franco-American Museum, Château de Blérancourt
"Baking resumes after the war, Mons-en-Laonnois, 1919"; Franco-American Museum, Château de Blérancourt
American Women Rebuilding France, 1917 - 1924 : Presented by the Newberry and the Franco-American Museum, Château de Blérancourt
Wednesday 9/17 to Saturday 1/3

The Newberry is marking the centennial of the start of World War I with two linked exhibitions and a series of related public programs.

"Joan of Arc Saved France" poster. Case Wing oversize D522.25 .W67 1914 no. 1
"Joan of Arc Saved France" poster. Case Wing oversize D522.25 .W67 1914 no. 1
Chicago, Europe, and the Great War
Wednesday 9/17 to Saturday 1/3

The Newberry is marking the centennial of the start of World War I with two linked exhibitions and a series of related public programs.

Neil Steinberg
Neil Steinberg
Conversations at the Newberry: Neil Steinberg and Thomas Dyja Discuss Chicago as the Second City
Tuesday 9/30

Responding to a canon of criticism of Chicago that dates back at least to the mid-twentieth century (and a recent contribution to which came from Rachel Shteir in the New York Times), writers Thomas Dyja and Neil Steinberg will debate Chicago as the Second City and its place in American history and culture.

Core Collections

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.

Septentrionalium Terrarum descriptio.

Maps, Travel, and Exploration

The Newberry houses an extraordinary collection of over 500,000 maps and sources relating to the history and culture of travel.

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.

From the Stacks

Over There—Not So Different from Over Here

The Great War marked a pivotal shift in the lives of African Americans. As American industry ramped up to meet wartime demands and droves of young people joined the U.S. military, new economic opportunities drew hundreds of thousands of African Americans from the South to industrial centers in the North. Between 1916 and 1920, during what became known as the Great Migration, 50,000 black southerners relocated to Chicago, where they accounted for 20 percent of the wartime meat-packing labor force (to take just one example).

What Will Replace the Trains?

Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company

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.