Digital Collections for the Classroom | Newberry

Digital Collections for the Classroom

Esther Bubley took this shot of passengers in the waiting room at Chicago’s Union Station. Bubley’s photographs are featured in the digital collection “Chicago and the Great Migration.” Call number CB&Q A-5-1 Box 1 Folder 28.

The Digital Collections for the Classroom (DCC) website–a free, online education resource, and the most-visited digital resource at the Newberry–offers teachers an easy way to incorporate Newberry sources into their classrooms and engage students in the exciting, challenging process of interdisciplinary historical research.

The Newberry is home to a world-class collection of over 1.6 million books, 5 million manuscript pages, and 600,000 maps—a wealth of primary sources for teachers. Yet finding the time to research the collections can be a challenge for busy educators. To facilitate access to this archive, Newberry Teacher Programs staff have collaborated with scholars, university faculty, and classroom teachers to develop 80+ digital collections on a variety of topics, including Chicago and the Great Migration, Voltaire and the French Enlightenment, World War II and American Visual Culture, and Religious Wars in Early Modern Europe.

The collections available on the DCC are designed to be easily incorporated into classroom instruction and support the development of skills emphasized in the Common Core State Standards. Each collection includes high-resolution digital images of documents ranging from maps, photographs, and cartoons to poems, speeches, and travel narratives, as well as contextual introductions, discussion questions, and bibliographic information. Several collections include sample units and lesson plans to adapt to a classroom setting. Users can search, view, and download individual items or entire collections.

For more information on DCCs, please email