Hermon Dunlap Smith Gallery
In this exhibition you will see a small sample of rare and special books on religion, published from the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries that the Newberry collected over the last two decades. In 1991, Newberry Trustee Sister Ann Ida Gannon, president Emerita of Mundelein College, arranged for the transfer of Mundelein’s rare book collection to the Newberry. Over the course of the following two decades, her example led to the donation in entirety or in part of eight additional religious collections – six institutional and two private – totaling over eight thousand volumes. Most had been acquired in Europe by religious institutions in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to provide Chicago seminarians, friars, and priests with reading material requisite for mastering theology, classical literature, and history. This exhibition highlights a selection of these long-hidden treasures, which, now properly described and conserved, have the potential to kindle the imagination and stimulate the expansion of humanistic knowledge.
View the digital version of the exhibition.