Panorama of the Tools of the Trade exhibit now on display at the American Writers in Chicago this summer

Typewriter Tuesday: Tools of the Trade

Welcome to Typewriter Tuesday, a series from the American Writers Museum that aims to shed light on the typewriters and other tools behind some of your favorite works of literature. Check back every Tuesday to learn more about these trusty machines and the writers who used them. Our newest special exhibit Tools of the Trade opened this past Saturday, June 22 and features more than a dozen typewriters, as well as other writing implements and instruments used by American writers. To celebrate the grand opening of the exhibit, we decided to share some photos from opening weekend!

The time has finally come…Tools of the Trade is here! We opened this exciting new exhibit over the weekend, and we just had to share some photos from the festivities with you.


Sandra Cisneros
Gwendolyn Brooks
Truman Capote
Ray Bradbury

Now open in the Roberta Rubin Writer’s Room

The photos above are just a small fraction of the historic machines we have on display in Tools of the Trade. Not pictured are classic typewriters used by Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles, Jack London and more. Also not pictured are Helen Keller’s braille writer as well as inkwells used by Frances Parkinson Keyes and Frederick Douglass.

Tools of the Trade will remain open through June 2020, but don’t wait too long to see this stunning exhibit! Be sure to check out our events calendar for programs related to our new exhibit as we announce them. And subscribe to our blog so you never miss a Typewriter Tuesday. We have more typewriters and typewriter stories to share with you!

If you love typewriters, then show us your love by joining our typewriter photo contest. We are giving away a fully functioning typewriter and all you need to do to enter is share a photo of yourself at a typewriter, tag us, and use #ClickClackAWM. If you already have your own typewriter, we want to see it! If you don’t already have a typewriter, that is ok! You can visit us and snap a pic with one of our many vintage typewriters and share that. Your options are plentiful! Just be sure to post your typewriter by June 30 to be eligible to win.

So don’t wait, let’s get click-clacking!

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