The Newberry Library


The Newberry Library is an independent research library concentrating on the humanities with an active educational and cultural presence in Chicago. Free and open to the public, it houses an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, maps, music, manuscripts, and other printed material. The Newberry offers exhibits based on its outstanding collections, musical and theatrical performances, lectures and discussions with today's leading humanists, seminars, and teacher programs.

The Newberry acquires and preserves a broad array of special collections research materials relating to the civilizations of Europe and the Americas. It promotes and provides for their effective use, fostering research, teaching, publication, and life-long learning, as well as civic engagement. In service to its diverse community, the Newberry encourages intellectual pursuit in an atmosphere of free inquiry and sustains the highest standards of collection preservation, bibliographic access, and reader services.


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American West is fully cross-searchable with the Indigenous Histories and Cultures in North America collection sourced from The Newberry Library’s prestigious Edward E. Ayer Collection. These collections complement each other through related documents, valuable secondary resources and similar thematic content. You will find helpful links to expand your search across both collections.

Explore content across both collections by clicking the AM's cross-search pop-up, when searching within American West. Click "Show me the results" and you will be taken to a document list containing all relevant results in AM collections.

Please note: If your institution does not have access to Indigenous Histories and Cultures in North America content will be restricted. For more information please contact