Posted by: Kath Usitalo | April 8, 2011

Checking Out The Library In Chicago

 

Michigan maps from the 1940s are in the Newberry Library collection

Going to a library isn’t on most visitors’ Top Ten list of things things to see and do in Chicago.

But the Newberry Library, established by the estate of Chicago business leader Walter L. Newberry in 1887, is a destination for researchers, students, folks who are checking into their genealogical history and the just plain curious. Books, newspapers, manuscripts, maps, brochures, advertisements, personal papers and many other types of print materials are in the Newberry Library collection and are accessible to the public at no charge. They can’t be checked out but they’re available to study, in reading rooms, to anyone age 16 and older.

I had a chance to see a small sampling of travel-related literature—enough to whet my appetite and plan a return trip to dig further.

NOTE: The Library is open Tuesday through Saturday.

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