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Blatchford Society

Detail, girdle binding on manuscript. c.1400. Case MS 38.

Detail, girdle binding on manuscript. c.1400. Case MS 38.

The Blatchford Society recognizes those individuals who have included the Newberry in their estate planning. Membership in the Blatchford Society is open to all who have made an estate or deferred gift commitment of any amount to the Newberry. Examples of such commitments include a gift through a bequest in your will, naming the Newberry as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or trust, or creating a charitable gift annuity that provides you with income for life.

All members of the Blatchford Society receive:

  • Recognition in the Annual Report
  • Recognition on our donor wall in the lobby
  • A subscription to The Newberry Magazine
  • An invitation for the annual luncheon of the Blatchford Society which features a lecture related to our renowned collections and a keepsake from the event.
  • Invitations to other special events at the Newberry

For more information about the Blatchford Society, contact Sarah Alger at (312) 255-3544 or

About Eliphalet W. Blatchford

The Blatchford Society is named in honor of Chicago civic leader Eliphalet Wickes Blatchford (1826-1914), friend of Walter L. Newberry and the first president of the Newberry’s Board of Trustees. As co-executor of Mr. Newberry’s estate, E. W. Blatchford was steadfast in fulfilling the wishes of his friend as expressed in Newberry’s will, and in turn provided for the young library in his own estate. A portrait of Blatchford, Blatchford’s papers, the Blatchford family papers, and additions to the Blatchford family papers are in the Newberry collection and available for research.