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Welcome to Modern Manuscripts & Archives at the Newberry

The Newberry houses over 1,200 modern manuscript & archival collections dating from 1700 to the present. These collections cover a range of historical, literary, and cultural topics, with particular strength in Chicago and the Midwest. Use this site to search, browse, and explore the Newberry’s collection descriptions (often called finding aids). The descriptions contain information about the origin, creators, content, context, and organization of our collections. The finding aids also allow you to request materials for on-site research at the Newberry.