Ready to explore the past? There's no time like the present.
Open to All
The Newberry's collections, programs, and exhibitions have been free and open to all since 1887. Curious people from all over visit to research topics of interest, discover their family history, take classes, or learn something new and unexpected.
A Show of Hands: Handwriting in the Age of Print
Sep 09-Dec 30, 2022
Handwriting didn't disappear with the invention of the printing press. Or the typewriter. Or the Internet. It evolved.Learn More
Our Collection Is Your Collection
Whether it's a letter from Michelangelo or a doodle drawn in a 19th-century textbook by a procrastinating student, primary sources bring the past to life. You’re free to explore these historic materials online or in person at the Newberry.