ACM-Newberry Seminar


For fifty-five years, the Newberry Library and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest have offered a semester-long fall research seminar to select undergraduates. Taught at the Newberry by visiting faculty from renowned liberal arts colleges, the seminar topics change every year but are always drawn from the Newberry’s core collections.

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Students in the 1966 ACM-Newberry Seminar engage in discussion.

The ACM-Newberry program connects students with the Newberry’s collections and enables them to develop their own archival research skills and practices. This begins with faculty-led seminar conversations and guided collection presentations, and then culminates with the student’s own independent research project. This immersive archival experience requires the development of an article-length paper and a research presentation.

ACM- Newberry students are given reserved study space and special reader privileges. Students are encouraged to work closely with Newberry librarians, curators, and research staff. Students also undertake internships in a variety of library departments, bringing them closer to the Newberry’s scholarly community and the work of the broader institution. Working on-site at an independent research library gives students the chance to learn about different kinds of careers in the humanities. Many ACM alumni have gone on to pursue work in libraries, museums, academia and other research-intensive fields.

Student Life

Students live in apartments in Chicago’s Gold Coast, a vibrant neighborhood a short walk away from the Newberry Library. When they aren’t in the library, ACM students explore the diverse city-life Chicago has to offer. You can find them eating the best hand-shaven noodles in Chinatown, catching a late-night show of Improv Shakespeare, taking advantage of the Art Institute’s free admission on Thursday nights, or simply spending an afternoon lounging at the beach, admiring the beauty of Lake Michigan. There’s no shortage of things to do outside of the library, and students are encouraged to make the most of their Chicago experience.

How to Apply

Students attending ACM member colleges are eligible to apply. Applications can be submitted through the ACM website.