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 dearwalter@newberry.org, 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

Monday, April 20, 2015

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Old French Fairy TalesThese exquisitely illustrated fairy tales were written by Comtesse De Segur (1799-1874) and illustrated by Virginia Frances Sterrett. This edition with Sterrett’s illustrations, shown above, was published in 1920.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Once upon a time, a man named Robert Louis Stevenson seems to have had way too much fun writing books. He wrote two of the great swashbuckling novels of all time–Kidnapped and Treasure Island–adventures immediately assigned to the shelf of immortal...

Sunday, April 19, 2015

In our upcoming program, “Mr. Dowland’s Midnight” (April 24-26, 2015), the Newberry Consort will explore a well-known repertoire by John Dowland and his contemporaries, especially famous for its depictions of melancholy. From ancient times,...

Sunday, April 19, 2015

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Great Eruption of Mount Vesuvius, August 8, 1779Night view of the eruption and its artifacts illustrated by Peter Fabris in 1779.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

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Today in History: San Francisco Earthquake of 1906“…Police Officers have been authorized by me to KILL any and all persons engaged in Looting or in the Commission of Any Other Crime.”April 18, 1906: This proclamation by the mayor of San Francisco...

Saturday, April 18, 2015

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This week Ancestry.com introduced a new collection “Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records, 1875-1940.”

Friday, April 17, 2015

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Happy Fashion Friday!“The Woman’s World” 1890, edited by Oscar WildeOscar Wilde served as the editor of “The Woman’s World,” a fashion magazine for women that was published from 1886 to 1889.  The periodical displayed many illustrations and...

Friday, April 17, 2015

With the 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the sesquicentennial of the Civil War has ended. I think I got as much excitement out of it as I did the centennial, but we’ll see how the bicentennial goes, come 2061. South...

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

Are you interested in military history or do you have ancestors who were in the military? Have you ever wanted to learn more about their movements? Possibly what was happening in history during their enlistment?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I promised to tell you about some of the collectibles you send over which may seem nothing but trash. I thought it might make you happier than hearing about the things you think are collectibles but which turn out to be trash.