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Featured This Month: Railroads

Pullman Car Interior. Box #16 Folder #723.
Pullman Digital Collection
The Night Train, Every Saturday, pg. 729. A5.315 vol. #9.
Pullman: Labor, Race, and the Urban Landscape in...
Twentieth Century Transportation. 1910. Temp Map 4F G3701.P1 1910Y2.
Railroad Archives
Russell Lee, Chicago Skyline and the 14th Street Passenger Yards, May 1948. CBQGR206.jpg
Everywhere West
Pullman Car Interior. Box #16 Folder #723.
Pullman Car Interior. Box #16 Folder #723.

This online Pullman Collection contains more than 1,600 Pullman Company car drawings, ca. 1870-1969.

The Night Train, Every Saturday, pg. 729. A5.315 vol. #9.
The Night Train, Every Saturday, pg. 729. A5.315 vol. #9.

This exhibit situates Pullman within a broad narrative, exploring how the neighborhood illuminates the centrality of labor, race, and urban development in the history of industrial America.

Twentieth Century Transportation. 1910. Temp Map 4F G3701.P1 1910Y2.
Twentieth Century Transportation. 1910. Temp Map 4F G3701.P1 1910Y2.

The collecting of large corporate archives at the Newberry was initiated in 1943 by Librarian Stanley Pargellis, who advocated the acquisition of records of Midwestern enterprises that contained materials for social and intellectual history as well as business history.

Russell Lee, Chicago Skyline and the 14th Street Passenger Yards, May 1948. CBQGR206.jpg
Russell Lee, Chicago Skyline and the 14th Street Passenger Yards, May 1948. CBQGR206.jpg

This exhibit contains a selection of unique black and white photographs focusing on Illinois scenes, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, and its workers.

Digital Resources

This collection illuminates the expanse of visual material on American Indian history and culture found within the Library’s world-renowned Edward E. Ayer Collection.

By combining image galleries and original scholarship, this exhibit explores how central North America first became known as the “Frontier” and eventually as the “Heartland.”

The Newberry Transcription Project uses Civil War soldiers’ letters held in the Newberry Library’s Modern Manuscript Collection to understand the history of America’s bloodiest conflict.