Browse and Search Modern Manuscript Collection Abstracts

The Newberry has over 800 Modern Manuscript Collections dating from the mid-18th through the 20th centuries. Their content mirrors the library’s collecting strengths, including all aspects of the history and culture of Chicago and the Midwest, American Indians, American History and Culture, Printing and Book Arts, Music, Religion, Genealogy, and Maps, Travel and Exploration. Holdings are strongest for Chicago and the Midwest, with over 500 collections in this area.

Abstracts for each collection contain the creator, title, brief narrative summary of contents, size, and call number. They also include links to more extensive collection finding aids: collection-level catalog records in the Online Catalog and detailed online inventories, usually describing collection content to the folder-level.

Collection abstracts may be browsed alphabetically by collection or by broad subject area. They may also be searched by keyword.

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ArtsBusinessChicagoCivil War
Clubs and OrganizationsDanceEphemeraFamily Papers
Indians and the WestJournalismLiteratureMaps and Travel
MusicNewberry LibraryPhotographsPolitics
PostcardsPrinting History and Book ArtsRailroadsReligion
Social ActionTheaterWomen

Note: To search the content of online inventories for Newberry Modern Manuscript Collections, please use OCLC’s ArchiveGrid.