As it commemorates its 125th anniversary of existence, Chicago's Newberry Library has curated a special exhibition centered on 125 of the most fascinating materials included in its collection.

According to the library, the items featured in the exhibition -- simply titled "The Newberry 125" -- center on some of its "most immediately awe-inspiring and most utilized, consulted, pored over."

(Scroll down to check out a few other notable items included in the exhibition.)

Among the items included in the show is the original printed instantiation of Voltaire’s "Candide."

The Newberry 125, a free exhibition, opened earlier this month and runs through Dec. 31 in the library's Hermon Dunlap Smith and East galleries, 60 W. Walton St.

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  • Jack Kerouac

    <strong>Postcard to Malcolm Cowley <br> Mill Valley, California: April 18, 1956</strong> <br> Jack Kerouac sent his "Boo!" postcard to Malcolm Cowley, Kerouac's editor at Viking Press, to urge him to get "On the Road" into print.

  • Maurice Seymour

    <strong>Ruth Page and Harald Kreutzberg in Bacchanale <br> Chicago, c. 1934</strong> <br> Dancer and performance artist Harald Kreutzberg and ballerina and choreographer Ruth Page are shown here in Bacchanale, a piece they choreographed to music by Gian Francesco Malipiero that debuted at Orchestra Hall in Chicago in 1934.

  • Ben Hecht

    <strong>Photograph Album <br> Berlin, April-June 1919</strong> <br> Early in his storied career as a novelist and screenwriter, Ben Hecht was the Chicago Daily News's foreign correspondent in Berlin. One dispatch describes the funeral of radical reformer Rosa Luxembourg, and several photographs illustrate Hecht's life in Berlin.

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    <strong>Conservati fedele [Stay faithful] <br> The Hague, 1765 </strong> <br> This aria manuscript is the most important of the three Mozart autograph scores at the Newberry. Just nine years old when he composed it, Mozart probably wrote everything here except for the initial instrument indications, the clefs, and the accidentals, which were penned by his father.

  • Jay Ryan

    <strong>Fondling the Dream. Mistakes, Misprints, and Other Debris from the Posters of Jay Ryan <br> Chicago: The Bird Machine, 2005</strong> <br> Poster artists in Chicago have made the city's indie-rock scene an amazingly fertile art movement. This volume assembles proofs, spoiled sheets, and overruns from posters--it is what the artist calls a "mistakes book."

  • Ernest Hemingway

    <strong>Letter to Sherwood Anderson (page 1) <br> Paris, March 9, 1922</strong> <br> In this letter from Paris, the as-yet-unpublished Ernest Hemingway regaled his mentor Sherwood Anderson with tales of friendships in the expatriate literary community: "Gertrude [Stein] and me are just like brothers."

  • Ernest Hemingway

    <strong>Letter to Sherwood Anderson (page 2) <br> Paris, March 9, 1922</strong> <br> In this letter from Paris, the as-yet-unpublished Ernest Hemingway regaled his mentor Sherwood Anderson with tales of friendships in the expatriate literary community: "Gertrude [Stein] and me are just like brothers."