Teaching with the Newberry's Collections

Welcome to the Newberry Library’s Digital Collections for the Classroom website! This is an educational resource designed with teachers, students, and families in mind. 

Maps, manuscripts, photographs, and other primary sources tell the story of topics from the Crusades to the Great Migration — selected by educators, with essays and discussion questions for use in the humanities classroom. 


Choose a topic

From more than 100 collections on history, literature, and culture, spanning the 15th century to today


Research a topic or prepare a lesson

With classroom materials developed by scholars, university faculty, and classroom teachers


Reuse and repurpose
The Newberry makes its collection images available for any lawful purpose without licensing or permission fees to the library

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Video tutorial!

Get a look at the Newberry’s free platform for teaching and learning about anything from the US Civil War to the history of chocolate, featuring Kara Johnson, Teacher & Student Programs Manager, Newberry Library; and Rachel Boyle, Co-founder, Omnia History

Live Demo: Digital Collections for the Classroom


Art in the Newberry

Classroom materials

Supplements for selected collections, including full lesson plans, mini-lessons, and glossaries of terms

Newberry Teacher Programs — now online!

Access the latest academic developments in your field and discuss content-related issues with scholars and colleagues

  • How did the changes in religion during the Reformation shape the medium of print?
  • How did religious leaders and thinkers attempt to interact with their audiences?
  • How did the ways in which religious figures used print pave the way for modern mass media?

Explore treatises, songbooks, engravings and more to learn how religious change drove the development of print culture.

Chris Fletcher
Dr. Chris Fletcher

Assistant Director, Center for Renaissance Studies, Newberry

A Book of Magical Charms
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Why did so many African Americans leave the South and move to Chicago between 1915 and 1950? What social conditions did they encounter in Chicago? How were the migrants changed by the city and how did they, in turn, change it?

  • What role has immigration played in the formation of America’s national identity and ideals? 
  • How have Americans understood and debated the social effects of immigration? 
  • How have immigrants portrayed their experiences and contributed to these debates themselves?

Examine political cartoons, poems, photographs, and maps to understand the history of immigration and citizenship from several different angles: national and personal identity, the experience of immigration, immigrant life in the cities, and political debates over immigration.

Hana Layson

Head of Youth and Educator Programs, Portland Art Museum

Daniel Greene

President and Librarian, Newberry Library