Realizing the Newberry Idea, 1887 - 2012

The Newberry Library building under construction, ca 1892

The Newberry Library building under construction, ca. 1892

Thursday, September 6, 2012Monday, December 31, 2012

The R. R. Donnelley Gallery

Explore the 125-year evolution of the Newberry from its 1887 opening as a “Library of Reference” to its 2012 presence as a renowned research institution and “center for the humanities” that remains free and open to the public. This exhibition draws upon unique letters, photographs, and other materials from the library’s own archives to reveal new perspectives on the Newberry’s past and the development of its current programs and collections.

Sponsored by the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, this exhibition is part of the Newberry’s 125th anniversary; it complements The Newberry 125, an exhibition of objects from the library’s collection.

Please view our gallery hours to plan your visit. Over the holidays the galleries will be open normal hours with the exception of Tuesday, December 25.

We also offer guided tours to groups of 12 or more.

Cost and Registration Information 

This exhibition is free and no reservations are required.