Tools of the Trade exhibit opening June 2019 at the American Writers Museum.

Coming soon, our next temporary exhibit Tools of the Trade will open in June in the Roberta Rubin Writer’s Room. This exhibit will examine the tools that have made writing possible through the years, including typewriters, inkwells, braille writers and more. Featuring the actual writing implements used by renowned writers such as Sandra Cisneros, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ray Bradbury and more, this is your chance to see the very instruments used by writers to write some of America’s most revered literature.

With more than a dozen typewriters on loan from the impressive collection of Steve Soboroff, these trusty machines represent a broad range of styles, from Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 portable Underwood to Maya Angelou’s electric Adler Meteor from 1980. Exact replicas of some of the typewriters will be displayed in our Story of the Day exhibit for visitors to use. Evening programs will explore the craft of writing and the authors represented in the exhibit.

Tools of the Trade is sponsored by the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available for this exhibit. If you would like to support Tools of the Trade, and receive recognition and benefits in association with this exhibit, please contact Linda Dunlavy, Development Director at 312-374-8762 or by email at