Digital Resources and Publications

"Chicago: Night View of Michigan Ave." From the digital collection Daily Life along the CB&Q. Granger 2713.
"Chicago: Night View of Michigan Ave." From the digital collection Daily Life along the CB&Q. Granger 2713.

The Newberry supports research and learning in the humanities through a number of digital resources based on its holdings. These resources include digital exhibitions, publications, reference materials, and image collections. Some of the online content has appeared in the Newberry’s galleries, while other content has been curated expressly for online publication. Below is a list of resources that provide access to materials in our collection and to original scholarship based on the various items that make up that collection.

In addition, a number of Databases and Electronic Journals to which the Newberry subscribes may be accessed from any public computer within the library. The Newberry has also supported Print Publication as a way to engage with current humanistic scholarship and pedagogy.

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NL005174, or Gi-aum-e Hon-o-me-tah (Young Woman). Burbank, E. A. (Elbridge Ayer). 1858-1949. VAULT oversize Ayer Art Burbank, No. 77
American Indian Histories and Cultures
Features: teaching resource, reference materials and resources, interactive content, image gallery

American Indian Histories and Cultures is a deep and wide ranging selection of visual and textual resources related to Native American culture and history. Taken from the Newberry Library’s Edward E Ayer Collection, one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of American Indian history, the resource provides documents, images, context, and insight into American Indian culture and history, the European settlement of the Americas, and the interactions between the two groups. *Access to this subscription database is available on-site through any of the Newberry’s public computers.*

 Graff 16, Original photograph of John Capen Adams and a grizzly bear.
American West Collection
Features: teaching resource, projects/publications, digital scholarship, exhibit, image gallery

The story of the American West has exerted a powerful influence over the psyche of the modern world, helping to fashion senses of national identity as well as permeating literary and cinematic culture. The Graff collection is a unique resource which will allow scholars to explore all of these subject areas in great detail. *Access to this subscription database is only available on-site through any of the Newberry’s public computers.*

Atlas of the Mexican Conflict, Rand McNally and Company, 1914. folio RMcN Atlas .A564 1914
Approaching the Mexican Revolution: Books, Maps, Documents
Features: en Español (Spanish), exhibit, image gallery

This exhibition presents an overview of the Mexican Revolution as a historic event in which individuals, groups, and social classes pursued diverse goals to achieve political, economic, and social change. It also highlights several definitive political and military moments during the Revolution, as well as the people who witnessed and shaped it.

Oklahoma, May 2, 1890.
Atlas of Historical County Boundaries
Features: teaching resource, reference materials and resources, collection, interactive content

The Atlas of Historical County Boundaries is a reference work designed to provide information about the creation and boundary changes of every county in the United States, from the earliest county creation in the 1600s to 2000.

Plains Indian Ledger Art
Ayer Art Digital Collection
Features: collection, image gallery

This collection illuminates the expanse of visual material on American Indian history and culture found within the library’s world-renowned Edward E. Ayer Collection.

Cortes Map, Ayer 655.51.C8.
Aztecs and the Making of Colonial Mexico
Features: reference materials and resources, en Español (Spanish), exhibit, image gallery

This virtual exhibition is based on The Aztecs and the Making of Colonial Mexico, a display of original manuscripts, books, and other materials at the Newberry from September 28, 2006 through January 13, 2007. The virtual exhibit includes the complete text from the original gallery exhibit and digitized images of many of the manuscripts and books that were displayed.

Jacques Perret, Des fortifications et artifices, 1601.
Ballistics and Politics: Military Architecture Books at the Newberry
Features: exhibit, image gallery

This exhibition highlights the ways in which architectural books were developed from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries to display the military and political power of European rulers and states.

 Midwest MS American Circus, Bx.5 Fl.#61, Clarke Family-juggling.
Ballyhoo! A Peek Under the Big Top
Features: exhibit, image gallery

In text and images, this exhibit explores the inner workings of daily life for circus performers under the Big Top.

National Melodies-Star Spangled Banner, Driscoll Box 161, Fl. 2.
Border Troubles in the War of 1812
Features: exhibit, image gallery

Today most Americans remember the War of 1812 for inspiring Francis Scott Key to write “The Star Spangled Banner.” Many of the conflict’s most familiar events—the battle of New Orleans, impressment of American sailors into the British Navy, and the British assault on Washington.

VAULT Case MS minus VM 140 .C25 Compositione di meser Vincenzo Capirola, -17v.
Capirola Lute Manuscript
Features: image gallery

The Capirola manuscript is a beautiful example of Renaissance lute tablature that has recently been made available online by the Programme Ricercar through the Center for Renaissance Studies at the University of Tours, France. This resource is in French with no English translation.

A team of Budd Manufacturing Company employees pull a Burlington Zephyr to demonstrate its lightweight construction. CB&Q A-5-3 Box 79, Folder 3839.
CB&Q: Building an Empire
Features: image gallery

The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CB&Q) was one of the largest and most significant railroads in the United States, controlling transportation over much of the nation between the Rockies and the Mississippi River. This gallery features images of materials from the CB&Q Archives - letters, reports, photographs, maps, drawings, posters, and more - relating to these and other subject areas and topics. It is intended to introduce researchers to the collection’s diverse content and to direct them to relevant materials via links to the online inventory. Essentially, the gallery serves as a visual subject index to the records.

Burnham, Plan of Chicago, Case W 999.182.
Chicago Ancestors
Features: digital scholarship, collection, interactive content

ChicagoAncestors is a project of the Genealogy and Local History section of the Newberry. The project is intended to help genealogists and local historians discover and share historical information about Chicago.

Chicago Genealogist, Spring 1988
Chicago Genealogist
Features: reference materials and resources

In partnership with the Chicago Genealogical Society, the Newberry has provided full-text searchable PDFs of volumes 1-39 (1969-2007) of the Chicago Genealogist.

E.L. Loder and M.A. Collier. Eliza's Flight: A Scene From Uncle Tom's Cabin. Boston: Oliver Ditson, 1852.
Civil War in Art
Features: teaching resource, image gallery

This project aims to provide a more complete understanding of the complex nexus of issues, events, and people that contributed to the causes and effects of the Civil War.

Everett D. Graff, NL Archives 15-01-01 Bx. #1.
Collecting America: How a Friendship Enriched Our Understanding of American Culture
Features: exhibit, image gallery

When Chicago steel magnate Everett D. Graff walked into Wright Howes’ bookshop on Michigan Avenue in the 1920s he sparked one of the most important friendships in the book world.

Aurora, Il.-Austin Western Mfg. Co.--heavy road building machines under construction
Daily Life Along the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Features: collection, image gallery

Thousands of striking photographs were commissioned for Granger Country: A Pictorial Social History of the Burlington Railroad (1949), published in honor of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad’s centennial. Only a small portion of the photos made it into the book; the rest languished in unpublished obscurity until their discovery, decades later, in the Newberry’s unprocessed twentieth-century CB&Q archives.

Attention Workingmen! VAULT Ruggles 12
Digital Collections for the Classroom
Features: teaching resource

Newberry Digital Collections for the Classroom are thematic collections of primary source documents selected from the Newberry’s extensive holdings.

Case F 4549 .137, Annales the true and royal history, Queen Elizabeth.
Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend
Features: exhibit

This exhibition explores the life and reign of Elizabeth I, examining how her unique personality was forged and why her legend has endured.

Encyclopedia of Chicago
Features: teaching resource, reference materials and resources, projects/publications, digital scholarship, collection, image gallery

Through this online resource, readers of the Encyclopedia of Chicago can navigate a broadly metropolitan place and history.

Russell Lee, Chicago Skyline and the 14th Street Passenger Yards, May 1948. CBQGR206.jpg
Everywhere West
Features: blog, exhibit, image gallery

The “Everywhere West” digital exhibit is based on an exhibition staged at the Newberry August 10 to October 16, 2010. It contains a selection of unique black-and-white photographs portraying the lives of Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad workers and the communities spawned by the company’s sprawling rail network.

Foreign Language Press Survey
Features: reference materials and resources, projects/publications, collection

The Foreign Language Press Survey is a collection of translated newspaper articles that were originally published in Chicago in languages other than English between the 1860s and the 1930s.

Chicago Nationalities Map,  Map 6F-G4104.C6E2-1895-.G7,-sheet #2.
French Canadians in the Midwest
Features: exhibit, image gallery

This exhibit traces the emigration of French Canadian populations to the Midwest. Following some key French Canadians like Pierre Menard and Father Chiniquy, this project looks at the influence they had over time and how French Canadian settlements developed in the Midwest throughout the Nineteenth century.

Esther Bubley, Knoxvilles Scenes, CBQGR2460.
Frontier to Heartland
Features: digital scholarship, exhibit, image gallery

By combining image galleries and original scholarship, this exhibit explores how central North America first became known as the “Frontier” and eventually as the “Heartland.”

Map of Chicago's Gangland, Map G 10896.548.
Great Lakes Digital Collection
Features: collection, image gallery

550 images of Illinois and the Great Lakes from the French period of exploration and settlement to the early twentieth Century.

Ptolemy, Cosmographia, World Map, Ayer 6.P9 1482a (VAULT).
Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms
Features: teaching resource, reference materials and resources, image gallery

Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms is a resource for teachers and students developed by the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography.

Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North
Features: reference materials and resources, projects/publications, exhibit, audio/video

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the US Civil War and in conjunction with the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Newberry Library mounted the exhibition, “Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North” in September of 2013. This online exhibit features images of around 100 objects which highlight the enormous toll the war took on civilians.

Terence surrounded by his commentators.
Humanism for Sale
Features: projects/publications, blog

Humanism For Sale concerns the ways books were written, designed, printed, and marketed for schools in Renaissance Italy.

Le ieu des echez moralisiet que fit un de noz freres. Case MS 55.5 (Vault)
Illuminated Manuscripts and Printed Books
Features: exhibit, image gallery

This exhibit displays excerpts from over twenty illuminated manuscripts that span the century 1450 to 1550.

Treaty of Prairie du Chien, 1825. NL, Ayer 250.6 L67 1838 no. 1
Indians of the Midwest
Features: teaching resource, digital scholarship, exhibit

On “Indians of the Midwest,” you can explore important issues, learn how to do further research, and gain an introduction to the research methods that underlie scholars’ findings.

Thomas Loraine McKenney, Portrait of Amiskquew in History of the Indian Tribes of North America. Ayer folio E77 .M131 1858
Indians of the Midwest: An Archive of Endurance
Features: exhibit, image gallery

The materials displayed here represent important periods in the intertwined histories of American Indians and the European and American settlers who began to arrive in the region in the late seventeenth century. The archival materials presented reveal a story of change and continuity; a necessary paradox for American Indians.

White City Magazine (1905)
Internet Archive
Features: reference materials and resources

Digital versions of some books relating to Chicago ethnic groups, clubs, professional groups, and religious congregations are available through the Open Content Alliance. This repository contains over 244 items from the Newberry’s collection.

Beargrass, NL Case N 381.761 V1.
Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country: 200 Years of American History
Features: teaching resource, digital scholarship, exhibit

Based on an exhibition originally mounted at the Newberry, this website explores how two histories, that of the United States and that of Indian peoples along the expedition route, came together two hundred years ago and how they remain intertwined today.

Abraham Lincoln, 1859. Graff 2493 (Vault).
Lincoln at 200
Features: digital scholarship, exhibit, image gallery

In the form of original scholarship and images, this exhibit charts the political and personal course of Lincoln’s views leading up to and during his presidency.

Burnham, Plan of Chicago. Case W 999.
Make Big Plans: Burnham Plan Centennial
Features: reference materials and resources, exhibit, image gallery

In images and text, this digital exhibit examines how The Plan of Chicago, or the “Burnham Plan,” contributed to the development and aspirations of the Chicago’s urban landscape.

Christmas card from Fanny Butcher. Midwest MS Butcher Box 36, Folder 1559.
Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in 20th Century Chicago

Featuring archival documents and contextual essays on the literature of Chicago in connection with the unique urban, economic, and cultural history of the city, this collection includes items from Arthur Conan Doyle, Kate Chopin, Ben Hecht and many others.

Le Menage, Case Wing DC 137.08.F73.
Many Faces of Marie Antoinette
Features: exhibit, image gallery

In this exhibit, the Newberry offers a glimpse at its splendid printed sources that relate to the last great queen of France.

Veue de la ville des Trois Rivieres en Canada, Nouvelle France 1721. Ayer MS Map 30, Sheet 106.
Mapping the French Empire in North America
Features: exhibit, image gallery

This exhibit provides an overview of exploration and early European cartography from 1534-1710.

Tepees of the Sioux Indians, Minnesota.
North American Indian Photographs
Features: collection, image gallery

A selection of over 300 portraits of Midwestern Indian tribes (Menominee, Ojibwa, Winnebago, Santee, Yankton, and Yanktonai) from the Edward E. Ayer Collection.

From Archives of Aboriginal Knowledge, by Henry R. Schoolcraft. 1860.
Out of Many: Religious Pluralism in America

Including digitized primary sources from the Newberry’s collection, contextual information, and discussion questions, this site features curricular resources to integrate the study of America’s religious diversity into introductory courses across the humanities.

Dill Pickle Lending Library. Bx. 1Fl.#81.
Outspoken: Chicago's Free Speech Tradition
Features: exhibit, image gallery

This exhibit is meant to encourage civic engagement with the struggles over democracy and citizenship, which have occupied Chicagoans for the duration of the city’s political history.

Révolutions de France et de Brabant, Vol. 1, [1789], FRC 5.1296
Politics, Piety, and Poison: French Pamphlets, 1600-1800
Features: exhibit

This exhibition displays French pamphlets published from about 1600 to the French Revolution, they form the foundation for current and future scholarly projects.

Popol Vuh Escolios, Ayer MS 1515
Popol Vuh (Wuj) Online
Features: reference materials and resources

In an effort to make the Popol Vuh more widely available and reduce non-essential handling of the text, the Newberry has worked with Ohio State University to make this invaluable text available through this online resource.

Pullman Car Interior. Box #16 Folder #723.
Pullman Digital Collection
Features: collection, image gallery

This online Pullman Collection contains more than 1,600 Pullman Company car drawings, ca. 1870-1969.

The Night Train, Every Saturday, pg. 729. A5.315 vol. #9.
Pullman: Labor, Race, and the Urban Landscape in a Company Town
Features: teaching resource, exhibit, image gallery

This exhibit situates Pullman within a broad narrative, exploring how the neighborhood illuminates the centrality of labor, race, and urban development in the history of industrial America.

Henry Ives Cobb's rendering of his design for the Newberry building, ca. 1890.
Realizing the Newberry Idea, 1887-2012
Features: exhibit

This exhibition explores the 125-year evolution of the Newberry, from its first en bloc acquisitions and initial steps in fulfilling Walter L. Newberry’s mandate for a “free public library,” to the renowned research institution and “center for the humanities” that it is today.

 Wing ZP 535 .A354 (Vault), Divina commedia, title page
Renaissance Dante in Print (1472-1629)
Features: exhibit

This exhibition presents Renaissance editions of Dante’s Divine Comedy from the John A. Zahm, C.S.C., Dante Collection at the University of Notre Dame, together with selected treasures from the Newberry Library.

Veüe et perspective du Cap François leué en 1723. VAULT Ayer MS map 30 sheet 70
Revolutionary France and Haiti, 1787–1804
Features: exhibit, image gallery

This exhibit reminds us that the revolution in Haiti may be as powerful a reminder of local organization against unjust political practices as the French Revolution ever was.

Letter from George Deal to Sarah Cole Deal, Camp Dennison, Ohio, Dec. 5, 1862 Vault Case MS 10030, George Deal Letters, Box 1, Folder 3, Page 1
The Civil War in Letters: A Newberry Library Transcription Project
Features: interactive content

The Newberry Transcription Project uses Civil War soldiers’ letters held in the Newberry Library’s Modern Manuscript Collection to understand the history of America’s bloodiest conflict. By crowdsourcing the transcription of these letters, we hope to promote collaboration with readers and volunteers from all over the world.

Seven Golden Candlesticks (1624), Gryffith Williams, Case BV4500.W65
Treasures of Faith
Features: exhibit

In this exhibition you will see a small sample of rare and special books on religion, published from the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries that the Newberry collected over the last two decades.