Blogs at the Newberry

The Newberry has a variety of blogs, which reflect the diversity of our collections and our staff.

Every book has a story
Book Fair Blog
Check in frequently to read the behind-the-scenes scoop on the Newberry's popular Book Fair. The blog is maintained by "Uncle Blogsy," otherwise known as Dan Crawford, Book Fair Manager.
John Scottowe. Letter "I" from "Calligraphic Alphabet," 1592. Wing MS ZW 545 .S431.
Center for Renaissance Studies Blog
Welcome to the blog for the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies! We post about center programs; items in the Newberry collections of special interest to those involved in medieval, Renaissance, or early modern studies; and profiles of scholars coming to the Newberry to present talks or pursue their research in those areas of study. We welcome your comments.
Illustration by Tom Bachtell
Dear Walter
Dear Reader, Please send your Missives and Queries regarding the Newberry, the Humanities, or this season of Modern Existence generally construed. I shall have my intern-amanuensis, Henry, submit my Reply with a haste that would shame Atalanta. I may be reached, through the ghostly conduit you call “EMAIL,” at, or through recourse to a special "WEBFORM." Sincerely yours, Walter L. Newberry
Genealogical Roll of the Kings of England and Dukes of Bourbon. c.1465. Newberr
Genealogy Blog
Upcoming genealogy events, new resources, research tips, and other information from Newberry Reference and Genealogy Services. 

Project blogging

Exploring Printing History at the Newberry: Sharing notable discoveries during the cataloging and processing of more than 29,000 printing specimens from the seventeenth century to the present. These items belong to the Newberry's John M. Wing Foundation. The 2.5-year project is part of a national effort administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Recent posts from the Newberry blogs

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

This image of children dancing at a holiday party is taken from Home for the Holidays, one of the charmingly illustrated children’s books from the Aunt Louisa series. Aunt Louisa was the pseudonym of English writer Laura Jewry Valentine (1814...

Friday, December 19, 2014

Hey, Santa Blobs:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has rolled out a new, updated catalog. Some of the high points include:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Dear Santa Blogs, In July, I noticed a number of CDs with parental advisory labels. I think this is a useful idea, but misapplied. When I was wrapping the books I bought in the heat of summer, I happened to glance up at the shelves and realize that...

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dear Santa Blogs: Last July, I found the perfect Christmas present for my daughter, who will be fascinated by that history of dentistry in Colorado. But I was a LITTLE curious about why I had to pay so much for it. Surely, there can’t be more than...

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

Dennis McClendon, a Chicago cartographer and historian, has created the website, Chicago in Maps, which provides links to various historic maps of Chicago scattered around the web.

Friday, December 12, 2014

I don’t know why I even bother to complain. People turn around and do the very things I’ve been moaning about. They do it on purpose. I have just barely begun to cope with the Frozen Snuggie when I see the announcement for “Disney On Ice: Frozen”. I...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

The theme for the American Library Association Midwinter RUSA Genealogy Preconference is “Meeting the Needs of Your Family History Patrons.” The preconference will be held on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I’m having trouble with the twenty-first century again. I walked into a store and saw a Frozen Snuggie, which really sends a mixed message. Aren’t Snuggies supposed to keep you warm? I have to admit that at the moment, the Boo.k Fair has no Frozen...

Monday, December 8, 2014

The question comes up at other times of the year, of course–Mother’s Day, Father’s Day—but this is the time of year when it seems to trouble people most. Very few people ask me the question, because they figure I have a certain bias in the matter....