Chicago Studies

"Bird's-eye view of Chicago as it was before the Great Fire," 1871. Call number: map4F G4104.C6A35 1871 .D3

Teaching Chicago History

Archival collections at the Newberry bear witness to major events in Chicago history, including the Great Fire of 1871, the race riots of 1919, and the Democratic National Convention of 1968. 

By engaging with primary sources like letters and diaries, students can understand these historic moments on a deeper level and see how they’ve affected the city over time. To help teachers incorporate archival materials into their instruction, we’ve created several Chicago-related teaching resources on the Newberry’s Digital Collections for the Classroom platform.

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Scholars, writers, and artists living in Chicago or working on projects related to Chicago history are invited to apply for fellowships offered by the Newberry.

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