The Newberry’s art-related resources can be found throughout the Newberry’s core collections. This includes calligraphy, cartoons, book and paper arts,photography, paintings, prints, illustrations, woodblocks, type specimens, and original type designs.

To find art-related materials in the Newberry’s collections, you can search by Subject in our Primo VE catalog using the “Advanced Search” function to the right of the search bar. Select “Subject” in the drop-down menu of search features in place of “Any field,” then copy-and-paste one of the following subject headings:

Art (use the See Also notes for a list of narrower terms)

Artists’ Books


Caricatures and Cartoons



Indian Art (use the See Also notes for a list of narrower terms)



You may also search by specific artist, photographer, or genre.

Results can be filtered by Material Type, Language, Date, Author, Title, etc. prior to searching by using the drop-down menus in the search panel. If your search produces too many options, you can also narrow results using the faceted options on the left-hand side, under the heading “Refine your results.” Clicking on one of these filter terms or the box to their left will limit results to only those that fit this criterion, while clicking on the red box to the right of the term will exclude those results.

For those items listed as on the 3rd floor Reference shelves, you might also consider looking at the call numbers around those books, since there should be materials dealing with similar topics nearby. All items with a “Ref” call number can be viewed on the open shelves on the 3rd floor. General and Special Collections items must be retrieved by staff. For more information about searching in our online catalog, please see our Guide to Primo VE.

Kennedy, Martha H. (Martha Hoeprich). Drawn to Purpose : American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists / Martha H. Kennedy ; Foreword by Carla D. Hayden. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, in association with the Library of Congress, 2018. Print. folio NC975 .K46 2018

Lloyd, Declan. Authors and Art Movements of the Twentieth Century : Painterly Poetics / Declan Lloyd. New York, NY ;: Routledge, 2023. Print. PS228.A77 L56 2023

 Mitchell, Verner D., and Cynthia Davis, eds. Encyclopedia of the Black Arts Movement / Edited by Verner D. Mitchell, Cynthia Davis. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019. Print.  Ref NX512.3.A35 E525 2019

Ndiaye, Noémie, and Lia Markey, eds. Seeing Race before Race : Visual Culture and the Racial Matrix in the Premodern World / Edited by Noémie Ndiaye and Lia Markey. Tempe, Arizona: ACMRS Press, 2023. Print. Ref NX650.R34 S44 2023

Nelson, Robert S., and Richard. Shiff. Critical Terms for Art History / Edited by Robert S. Nelson and Richard Shiff. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996. Print. Ref N34 .C75 199

The Newberry has a rich collection of 19th- and early 20th-century journals and periodicals. To find art-related journals in the Newberry’s collections, you can search by the subject heading “Art—Periodicals” or for a specific title in our catalog.

The following is a sampling of art-related journals in the collection:

Architectural Record

Architectural Record began publication in 1891 by Clinton W. Sweet, who also published the Real Estate Record and Builders' Guide. Sweet and Frederick Warren Dodge soon formed a partnership. Dodge published an information service for builders and architects, originally in Boston and expanded to New York with the partnership

Brush and Pencil

Brush and Pencil was the official journal of the Brush and Pencil Club in Chicago. It was a well-illustrated review of contemporary American painting and sculpture, with occasional articles on the decorative and applied arts and work by foreign artists. It also contained a monthly round-up of art news, together with book reviews and exhibition reports. The first editor of Brush and Pencil was Charles Francis Browne (1859-1920), an instructor at the Art Institute of Chicago and one of the founders of the Club.

Inland Architect and News Record

A monthly journal devoted to architecture, construction, decoration, and furnishings in the West.

Arts Club records, 1892-2004
Corporate records of the Arts Club of Chicago, an institution incorporated in 1916 and devoted to exhibiting and showcasing innovative artists and performers.
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Ayer Art Collection

The Ayer collection, focused on the history of the Indians of North America, contains over 20 collections of original artwork. Includes works by E.A. Burbank, Seth Eastman, and George Catlin. Much of the material is not catalogued; for more information, consult the Ayer Art Binder located in the 2nd floor checklist area of the General Reading Room. Some images are available online as part of the Edward E. Ayer Digital Collection.

Curt Teich & Co.: Curt Teich Co. Records, 1898-2002, bulk 1900-1978

The Curt Teich Company was founded by Curt Otto Teich (1877-1974), who immigrated to the United States from Lobenstein, Germany in 1896. The core collection consists of over 360,000 images, from 1898 to 1978, relating to more than 10,000 towns and cities primarily in the United States and Canada, and more than 115 other foreign countries. Original production materials exist for about 110,000 postcards, dating from 1926 to approximately 1960.

GPA Healy Portraits

George P. A. Healy was one of the most prolific and popular portrait painters of the 19th century. Born in1813 in Boston, Massachusetts, Healy began painting at age 16 and at the age of 17 set up his own studio. The Newberry has 41 of his paintings, the majority donated by the artist in 1887. Most of the works can be found on display throughout the building. The Newberry holds some letters by Healy, as well as information about the paintings in the Newberry Library Archives.  For more information, consult the GPA Healy consult the GPA Healy Binder located in the 2nd floor checklist area of the General Reading Room. 

John T. McCutcheon

Artist, illustrator, reporter, editorial cartoonist, and adventurer who traveled the world from the 1890’s through the 1930’s, both for his own pleasure and to report on events for the Chicago Record and the Chicago Tribune newspapers. He was The Chicago Tribune’s editorial cartoonist from 1903-1946, and won a Pulitzer Prize for one of the cartoons in 1931.

The Newberry offers a number of digital Resources including online exhibitions, classroom resources, and digital collections. These resources showcase digital images of materials from the Newberry’s collection, as well as providing background information and context for these materials. Most of the databases at the Newberry are subscription databases; therefore access is available to registered readers only within the library building. Those listed with an “*” below are free databases, and access is available outside of the Library.

American Indian Histories and Cultures: A deep and wide ranging selection of visual and textual resources related to Native American culture and history drawn from the Newberry’s rich collections.

*Ayer Digital Collections

*Civil War in Art

*Curt Teich Postcard Archives Digital Collection: Primarily a database for the physical items in the CTPAC, this digital collection features more than 400,000 catalog records and 15,000 images for individual postcards. Search for keywords, artists, titles, or production numbers of interest, or browse by U.S. state, decade of creation, CTPAC sub-collection, or topical category. The Digital Collection does not include records for all items in the CTPAC

Saskia Digital Image Archive: This collection contains 30,000 digital images of paintings, sculpture, and architecture, including images from many important collections: the Prado, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Uffizi, and the Louvre, as well as archaeological sites in Greece, Italy, Turkey, and Egypt.

For a comprehensive list of all our databases, visit our Databases webpage.

The Ryerson and Burnham Archives of the Art Institute of Chicago collect artists' and architects' papers that complement and extend the permanent collections of the museum's curatorial departments. These collections contain a wide range of media, including correspondence, published and unpublished writings, scrapbooks, architectural drawings and prints, business papers, photographs, slides, audio recordings, films, video, and ephemera. In addition, the Institutional Archives document the institution’s corporate history, including the papers of many important curators, teachers, and administrators.


Ryerson & Burnham Archives


Allerton Building, Ryerson Library, 111 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60603

United States


(312) 857-7676

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Art Institute of Chicago Institutional Archives


Allerton Building, Ryerson Library, 111 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60603

United States


(312) 443-4777

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