The Newberry’s Edward E. Ayer Digital Collection consolidates and expands upon the digital images that had been available as three distinct digital reservoirs. The new collection features more than 4,000 images of rare manuscripts, photographs, and artwork by and about American Indians, including the sixteenth-century records of Father Bernardino de Sahagún, considered by many to be the first ethnohistorian of the Americas.
Between 1913 and 1941, Percy H. Sloan photographed Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. Directing his lens beyond the downtown bustle, Sloan documented a variety of different neighborhoods and the community spaces supporting them: places of worship, schools, libraries, bakeries. The collection of 500 photographs taken and collected by Sloan provides enormous research value to anyone interested in Chicago history or genealogy.
Beginning in 2016, the Newberry will launch a multi-year schedule of large research projects and affiliated public programming to explore intensively humanities subjects that have both a substantial legacy and an enduring role to play in the future development of human culture. The first five years of this initiative are made possible by a grant of $1.16 million from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
At the heart of the Newberry is a set of collection strengths that attract a variety of readers and serve as inspiration for our public programs and academic endeavors.