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What should I know about phrasing my searches?

How can I filter my search results?

How do I request materials?

To request materials from a collection to use on-site, select the request button at the top of the page.

After you click on the request button:

  1. You will be asked to log into your Newberry research account or to create an account if you are a new user.
  2. You will be taken to a finding aid requests page for the collection.
  3. Check the box next to the item(s) you wish to request.
  4. Press the submit request button to add the requests to your account.

Please note that although the system allows requesting on the item level, you do not need to place multiple requests for items within the same box. For instance, if you want to view Box 2 Folders 8-25, you should place only a single request for Box 2.

For information on registering for a reader account and getting a free reader’s card, please visit Getting Your Reader’s Card

How is the Modern Manuscripts & Archives search different from the Newberry Online Catalog, Primo VE?

The Newberry Online Catalog includes collection level descriptions for most the Newberry’s archival collections, but not all. Because the catalog record typically includes only collection level information, the Modern Manuscripts & Archives search is a more robust tool to access and search full finding aids.

How are language choices for archival description made? What should I do if I encounter language in finding aids that I find harmful, offensive, outdated, or inaccurate?

Newberry Library staff create the finding aids you see in the Modern Manuscripts & Archives search. We aim to create archival description that is inclusive, respectful, and does not cause harm to those who interact with our collections. Please read our Statement on Potentially Offensive Materials and Descriptions and our policy on Access to Culturally Sensitive Indigenous Materials.

If you would like to bring something to our attention, please contact Newberry Reference.

Who do I contact for additional help?

If you have any additional questions or would like assistance from a reference librarian, please visit our Contact a Librarian page.