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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, right side of the page of the material you would like to use.

After you click on the request button:

  1. You will be asked to log into your Newberry reader's account. If you do not yet have an account, use the "Create an Account" link to create one.
  2. The request will be added to your account with the status of "Awaiting User Review".
  3. Return to the finding aid through the "Make Requests" menu at the top of the page to place additional requests.

Materials are only retrieved once you are seated in our Special Collections reading room. Materials are paged at the box level.

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

How do I request materials that are by appointment only or offsite?

Some collections are available by appointment only, as indicated in the finding aid. Please contact Newberry Reference at least 5 business days in advance to request an appointment. To request materials stored offsite, please contact Newberry Reference for further information.

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 What should I do if I encounter language in finding aids that I find harmful, offensive, outdated, or inaccurate?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 Ask a Librarian page.