"Joan of Arc Saved France" poster. Case Wing oversize D522.25 .W67 1914 no. 1
Chicago, Europe, and the Great War
Chicago's Greatest Year: 1893
Chicago's Greatest Year: 1893
We Don't Know Where We're Going But We're On Our Way
Music of the First World War
From The Black Horse Ledger, ca. 1877-1879
McNickle Center to Celebrate Native American...
"Joan of Arc Saved France" poster. Case Wing oversize D522.25 .W67 1914 no. 1
"Joan of Arc Saved France" poster. Case Wing oversize D522.25 .W67 1914 no. 1
Chicago, Europe, and the Great War
Wednesday 9/17 to Saturday 1/3

The Newberry is marking the centennial of the start of World War I with two linked exhibitions and a series of related public programs.

Chicago's Greatest Year: 1893
Chicago's Greatest Year: 1893
Saturday 11/1

The Chicago Genealogical Society and the Newberry present Chicago’s Greatest Year: 1893, an author talk by Joseph Gustaitis.

We Don't Know Where We're Going But We're On Our Way
We Don't Know Where We're Going But We're On Our Way
Music of the First World War : An Exhibition Lecture and Performance
Thursday 10/30

Join musicologist William Brooks and historian Deniz Ertan as they explore how World War One sheet music was created, reproduced, and received by people who performed and heard it. Music from the exhibition, Chicago, Europe, and the Great War, will be performed as well. Come and hear tunes “We Don’t Know Where We’re Going But We’re On Our Way,” and “Private Alexander,” among others.

From The Black Horse Ledger, ca. 1877-1879
From The Black Horse Ledger, ca. 1877-1879
McNickle Center to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with Free Public Programs

This November, the Newberry will join organizations across Chicago in observing National Native American Heritage Month. The D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies has organized two free, public events to honor America’s native cultures.

Core Collections

Manuel Rodriguez. Compendio Geografico, c. 1768.

Genealogy and Local History

The Newberry has been actively collecting genealogy and local history materials since 1887.

Visitation, from the Heures de Nostre Dame selonc lusaige de Rome.

Manuscripts and Archives

The Newberry has a rich collection of manuscripts ranging from medieval Books of Hours to twentieth-century scrapbooks and letters.

Septentrionalium Terrarum descriptio.

Maps, Travel, and Exploration

The Newberry houses an extraordinary collection of over 500,000 maps and sources relating to the history and culture of travel.

Music

The Newberry collects on western European music to the early twentieth century, American music to the mid-twentieth, and on musical life in Chicago.

From the Stacks

Campaign Mudslinging: An American Tradition since (at Least) 1828

John Binns

The Newberry's "coffin handbills" were part of a Republican campaign to smear Democrat Andrew Jackson's reputation in the run-up to the 1828 U.S. presidential election. The election was one of the nastiest the country had seen.

The Map Thief Map

Ralph Hall

Tucked away in a humble, notebook-sized folder, this 1635 map of Virginia—by Ralph Hall, working from a copy of John Smith’s 1612 map of the region—might seem unremarkable. Its life at the Newberry, though, has been anything but ordinary.