Newberry Library

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Newberry Library
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Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois.

Contact Information



60 West Waltron Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610

Telephone:[2]  (312) 255-3512

Hours and holidays:[3]  Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Directions, maps, and public transportation:[4]

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

The Newberry Library is a private, non-circulating library with 17,000 published genealogies of New England and colonial America, and British gentry and nobility. The library collects church, town, county, and state histories, from all parts of America, Canada, and the British Isles, including comprehensive New England town histories. It has Ancestry and HeritageQuest subscriptions for census indexes, all federal census microfilms 1790-1850, and Midwest states to 1880; book indexes through 1850 and most of 1860. The collection also includes 1855 and 1865 Illinois state censuses, and scattered other states and Canadian provinces. They have birth, marriage, death, probate, deeds, court, tax, and cemetery abstracts and indexes from the Mississippi Valley to the eastern seaboard, Canada, and British Isles. American Civil War military unit histories, rosters and pension lists of colonial wars through the Civil War, and scattered records from later wars are also available. Regarding the Internet, the Newberry Library has database subscriptions including, HeritageQuest On-line,, New England Ancestors, and They also have a significant American, Canadian, and British genealogical periodicals collection, and the Periodical Source Index (PERSI).


  • Bring a valid photo I.D. needed to apply for a readers card, necessary to research at the Newberry Library. Must be age 16.


Click here for 78 online Newberry Library genealogical collection guides and research tools about:

  • Collection guides (10)
  • Ethnic guides (14)
  • Military guides (6)
  • Geographic guides (31)
  • Researching Chicago (10)
  • Uniquely Newberry (7)|}

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Newberry Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, ethnic, and Canadians.
  • National Archives Great Lakes Region (Chicago) federal censuses 1790–1930; military service and pension indexes, passenger lists, naturalizations,, HeritageQuest, Footnote.

Similar Collections

  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, holds 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and Mormon records.
  • Library of Congress, Washington, DC, Local History and Genealogy Reading Room is part of the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, photographs, books, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, national in scope. Over 100 million name database, of vital records, genealogies, journals, over 200,000 books, 100,000 microfilms, and over 20 million manuscripts with emphasis on New England and New York since the 1600s.
  • New York Public Library Genealogy Division has an outstanding collection of American history at national, state and local levels; international genealogy and heraldry in Roman alphabets; Dorot Jewish collection; photos; New York censuses, directories, and vital records.
  • Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center, Independence, MO, national censuses/ indexes, 80,000 family and 100,000 local histories, 565,000 microfilms, 7,000 maps, newspapers.
  • Dallas Public Central Library 111,700 volumes, 64,500 microfilms, 89,000 microfiche, 700 maps, marriage, probate, deed, tax abstracts, or microfilm of originals for some states, online databases.
  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons.

Neighboring Collections


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Contact Us" in Newberry Library at (28 October 2010).
  2. "Reference Services" in Newberry Library at (28 October 2010).
  3. "Hours" in Newberry Library at (28 October 2010).
  4. "Directions to the Newberry Library" in Newberry Library at (29 October 2010).