The Newberry Library


Following on from the success of Adam Matthew’s existing American West project sourced from the Newberry Library’s prestigious Everett D. Graff Collection of Western Americana, we have once again partnered with the Newberry in digitising their celebrated Edward E. Ayer Collection for Indigenous Histories and Cultures in North America.

The Newberry Library is an independent research library concentrating in 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.

Serving the public as an independent research library since 1887, the Newberry hosts a collection focusing on Western Europe and the Americas and offers a wide array of programs. Its more than 1.5 million books, 5 million pages of manuscript, and 500,000 historic maps range from illuminated medieval works and rare cartographic treasures to rich genealogical resources and the papers of Midwest authors and companies.

We would like to thank the Newberry Library's staff for their continued support, invaluable advice and guidance throughout the project process, in particular John Powell, Jennifer Thom and Scott Manning Stevens.




Indigenous Histories and Cultures in North America is fully cross-searchable with the American West collection; an award-winning resource from AM on Western Americana sourced from the Newberry Library’s prestigious Everett D. Graff 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 Indigenous Histories and Cultures in North America. 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 American West content will be restricted. For more information please contact