At the Newberry, you have access to a wide range of sources chronicling personal stories and historic moments across time. These materials are a direct link to the people and events that have shaped today's world.
27.5 miles of shelf space. 600 years of human history. Time travel isn't science fiction: it happens every day at the Newberry.
The Core Subject Areas of Our Collection
American History and Culture
You can study every period of American history, from the founding of the nation to the Civil War to the Chicago literary renaissance and...
American Indian and Indigenous Studies
One of the largest collections of books and manuscripts on American Indian and Indigenous Studies in the world.
Chicago and the Midwest
A range of materials document the people and institutions that have shaped the city and the region.
History of the Book
Research innovations in the design and production of books over the course of 500 years.
Maps, Travel, and Exploration
The Newberry is home to a vast collection of maps and sources related to the history and culture of travel.
Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies
Pre-1800 European and British literary, historical, and devotional manuscripts, printed books, and maps.
Modern Manuscripts and Archives
Archival collections cover the history of business, publishing, the arts, and social activism in Chicago and the Midwest.
Explore a variety of cultural and stylistic traditions within the worlds of dance, music, and theater.
The Newberry houses one of the largest public collections of postcards and related materials in the United States.
Use the Collection
Collection - FAQ
What's the oldest item in your collection? How can I find what I'm looking for? Answers to these questions and other FAQ.
Order Digital Files
Use your Newberry reader's account to order high-resolution TIFF files as well as AVI, MP3, MP4, and WAV files.