The Newberry - Chicago's Independent Research Library Since 1887
  • A mysterious 14-foot scroll, unsigned and undated, came into the Newberry’s collection last summer. Homing in on key details in the scroll’s beguiling circus parade sequence, library staff have estimated when it was painted. But much more remains to be learned.

  • The Newberry’s collections are now open to anyone without any licensing or permissions fees to the library. In eliminating these fees, we’re hoping to encourage users to interact more freely with our holdings, whether in person or online—where 1.7 million high-res images are currently available.

  • Shelf Life

    The strange phenomenon of American Indian sports mascots both reflects and promotes deep-seated cultural attitudes about Indigenous peoples—attitudes that have produced all kinds of distorted images, from ahistorical idealizations to cartoonish caricatures.