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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.

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A Long Line of Entrepreneurs: Stories from the Prescott Family Papers

Eunice L. Prescott was the owner of a hat shop in Chicago before moving to New York and opening Ebony Paint, the city’s first Black-owned paint store. Eunice hailed from a long line of entrepreneurs: her grandparents, born into slavery, moved to Texas after the Civil War and ran their own grocery store.

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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 in vivid detail. You’re free to explore these historic materials online or in person at the Newberry.

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The Newberry is a leading center of genealogy research. Wherever you are in the process of researching your family history, we can help.

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