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About the Modern Manuscript Collections
Spanning the period from the eighteenth century to the present, the modern manuscript collections are developed to support research and teaching at the University of Chicago.  Areas of strength include the early history of Kentucky and the Ohio River valley; Abraham Lincoln, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Civil War era; civil rights leader Ida B. Wells; Poetry magazine and modern poetry; post-World War II atomic scientists political organizations; Cold War intellectual politics and world constitutionalism; Native American education and community organization; modern commercial printing; Chicago labor and social reform; Chicago medical history; and the history of the Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood. The modern manuscripts also include the collections of the Chicago Jazz Archive. The current extent of the manuscript collections is 10,929 linear feet.

Modern Manuscripts Digital Highlights
A Century of Progress: The 1933-34 World's Fair
The First American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820
B. Heller & Co. Collection
Philip M. Klutznick: Community Builder, Jewish and Civic Leader, Diplomat
Large Scale Digitization
Our Lincoln: Bicentennial Icons from the Barton Collection of Lincolniana
Printing for the Modern Age: Commerce, Craft, and Culture in the RR Donnelley Archive
Sounds from Tomorrow’s World: Sun Ra and the Chicago Years 1946-1961