Time Machine

Travel to the past via first-hand accounts from letters, diaries, and rare books in the Newberry's collections
Witness the Chicago Fire, join the Lewis and Clark expedition, and marvel at the World's Fair through manuscripts transcribed by our online volunteers!
Choose Your Time Traveler

The Writer: Sherwood Anderson

Declare strong feelings on holidays, romantic partners, and communism with a great American novelist.


Discover a new journey!

Help scholars and learn about history by transcribing documents from the Newberry’s collections

Part of What Is the Midwest, a multidisciplinary project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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Except where otherwise noted, contextual content on this site is made available under a  Creative Commons Public Domain license.  Digitized images and other media from the Newberry's collections are made available for any lawful purpose, commercial or non-commercial, without licensing or permission fees to the library, subject to the following terms and conditions: Newberry Rights and Reproductions Policy.

Edited by Jen Wolfe and developed by Nick White of the Newberry’s Digital Initiatives and Services department. Code is available for repurposing: Midwest Time Machine repository. Interactive maps created using the open-source software StoryMapJS. Grateful acknowledgement to  WBEZ’s Curious City and the inspiration from their site  If you toured Chicago in 1910, what would you do?