The program in Chicago Studies illuminates Chicago’s dynamic history, literature, culture, and politics through programs and exhibitions inspired by the Newberry’s unique archival collections.
Teaching Chicago History
Archival collections at the Newberry bear witness to major events in Chicago history, including the Great Fire of 1871, the race riots of 1919, and the Democratic National Convention of 1968.
By engaging with primary sources like letters and diaries, students can understand these historic moments on a deeper level and see how they’ve affected the city over time. To help teachers incorporate archival materials into their instruction, we’ve created several Chicago-related teaching resources on the Newberry’s Digital Collections for the Classroom platform.