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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.
Featured here is a selection of several thousand digitized pages from Modern Manuscripts. This digital collection will grow as we continue to make these primary source documents freely available online.
Read more about the Modern Manuscript Collections at the Newberry. If you have further questions, please contact a Reference Librarian: firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 255-3506.