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Featured This Month: Railroads

Twentieth Century Transportation. 1910. Temp Map 4F G3701.P1 1910Y2.
Railroad Archives
Russell Lee, Chicago Skyline and the 14th Street Passenger Yards, May 1948. CBQGR206.jpg
Everywhere West
The Night Train, Every Saturday, pg. 729. A5.315 vol. #9.
Pullman: Labor, Race, and the Urban Landscape in...
Pullman Car Interior. Box #16 Folder #723.
Pullman Digital Collection
Twentieth Century Transportation. 1910. Temp Map 4F G3701.P1 1910Y2.
Twentieth Century Transportation. 1910. Temp Map 4F G3701.P1 1910Y2.

The collecting of large corporate archives at the Newberry was initiated in 1943 by Librarian Stanley Pargellis, who advocated the acquisition of records of Midwestern enterprises that contained materials for social and intellectual history as well as business history.

Russell Lee, Chicago Skyline and the 14th Street Passenger Yards, May 1948. CBQGR206.jpg
Russell Lee, Chicago Skyline and the 14th Street Passenger Yards, May 1948. CBQGR206.jpg

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.

The Night Train, Every Saturday, pg. 729. A5.315 vol. #9.
The Night Train, Every Saturday, pg. 729. A5.315 vol. #9.

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.

Pullman Car Interior. Box #16 Folder #723.
Pullman Car Interior. Box #16 Folder #723.

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

Digital Resources

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.

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.

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.