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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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The Pattis Family Foundation and the Newberry Library Announce 2024 Chicago Book Award Recipient

Chicago author Thomas Leslie will receive The Pattis Family Foundation Chicago Book Award for his book "Chicago Skyscrapers 1934-1986: How Technology, Politics, Finance, & Race Reshaped the City"

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Our Collection Is Your Collection

Whether it's a letter from Michelangelo or a doodle drawn in a nineteenth-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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