Robert's Paintings, a 2011 film by Mohawk filmmaker Shelley Niro, documents artist Robert Houle's rejection of cultural assimilation and affirmation of his Indigenous ancestry through painting.
Native Women in Film
Cartouche from A Map of the British and French Dominions in North America, John Mitchell. 1755.
Manning, Planting, Keeping: English Colonization...
Ephemeral by Design: Organizing the Everyday
Goodbye, Call Slips
Robert's Paintings, a 2011 film by Mohawk filmmaker Shelley Niro, documents artist Robert Houle's rejection of cultural assimilation and affirmation of his Indigenous ancestry through painting.
Robert's Paintings, a 2011 film by Mohawk filmmaker Shelley Niro, documents artist Robert Houle's rejection of cultural assimilation and affirmation of his Indigenous ancestry through painting.
Native Women in Film : A Conversation with Mohawk Filmmaker Shelley Niro
Thursday 5/7

Cosponsored by the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies and the First Nations Film and Video Festival, this exciting program will focus on the roles of Native women in contemporary film and media.

Cartouche from A Map of the British and French Dominions in North America, John Mitchell. 1755.
Cartouche from A Map of the British and French Dominions in North America, John Mitchell. 1755.
Manning, Planting, Keeping: English Colonization and the Origins of Modern America, 1580-1865
Thursday 5/7

From the colony at Jamestown to John Winthrop’s “City on a Hill,” the story of America’s founding is one of migrants and migrations, of colonizers and the colonized, of households and servitude and slavery, and of the freedom all craved and some found. It is a story steeped in the promise of opportunity and independence—ideals that have formed the bedrock of American society—but it is also a story of survival and hard work.

Ephemeral by Design: Organizing the Everyday
Friday 4/10 to Friday 7/3

Ephemera are traces of the everyday—materials, usually printed, designed to be read or consumed in some way and then discarded. From bus tickets to party invitations, dance cards to advertisements, these items form the texture of social and commercial exchange.

Goodbye, Call Slips

Filling out individual call slips, by hand, in order to request materials from the Newberry’s collection will soon be a thing of the past. Starting May 1, Newberry readers will be able to reserve collection items with a simple click of the mouse.

Core Collections

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.

American History and Culture

The Newberry has deep collections reflecting the breadth of American history and culture through World War One.

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.

Gaylord Watson, Chicago Fire Map. 1871.

Chicago and the Midwest

The collections contain extensive materials on the history of Chicago and the Midwest, including its growth, politics, and eclectic inhabitants.

From the Stacks

Full Dance Card

Des Arts Studio

Dance cards, known as programmes du bal in French or Tanz-karten in German, are small booklets used mainly by women at formal dances to record their dance partners. Popularized in Vienna in the nineteenth century, dance cards continued to be used throughout the early twentieth century.

Marital Power

Elizabeth Packard

On June 18th, 1860, Elizabeth Packard was taken from her home in Manteno, Illinois, and placed in an asylum—without trial or a thorough assembly of evidence to support her institutionalization. Packard’s husband was a devout Calvinist who felt threatened by his wife’s outspoken opposition to his religious views. To silence his wife and protect his reputation, he arranged for Elizabeth’s confinement, which lasted three years.