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 blogs

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.

Everywhere West: Chronicling the processing progress of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company records, featuring images and items from the collection. This project is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Preservation and Access.

Recent posts from the Newberry blogs

Friday, October 31, 2014

What books made YOU leave the light on when you went to bed? The world of scary writing has its icons–Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft—and then moves off into various avenues of legendary books and writers. Maybe Dracula frightened you out of your...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

Join us this Saturday at 9:30 for the monthly Genealogy and Local History Orientation. This event is especially helpful for those new to genealogical research or new to research at the Newberry. After the orient ion, stay and start your research in...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I’m not positive which upcoming holiday this ties into, but it’s either Armistice Day or Halloween. Halloween may have a slight edge, since it involves sheet music. (That was just the ghost of a joke, but you should take it in the spirit intended.)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Posted in: Tumblr

Chicago was a hotbed of music publishing during #wwi: from “peaceful strains” to saber-rattling marches. Come hear it all during a free performance at the Newberry this Thursday, Oct. 30, at 6 pm.

Monday, October 27, 2014

There are holidays crowding in on us from all corners of the calendar this year; it’s not easy to cover what each of them means to a Book Fair. For example, one week from tomorrow, we have Election Day, a day of great celebration because it’s the...

Friday, October 24, 2014

Continuing the theme of October holidays, it occurred to me that you may wonder what Book Fair Managers do when they gather at Halloween. Of course they gather at Halloween: all dark, sinister creatures do. Bats fly low, werewolves prowl in packs,...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

“Many people ask how the large Cook County cemetery containing over 38,000 bodies could have been forgotten. To understand, we must look at its history.” And looking at its fascinating history is just what Barry A. Fleig has done on his new website...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

In keeping with Monday’s column, I would like to say a word about a lump of other autumnal holidays, or at least their aroma. Once upon a time in October, if there wasn’t a Homecoming bonfire, there was at least smoke from leaf-burning in backyards...

Monday, October 20, 2014

“I have an idea!” said a perky passing advisor, “Halloween is coming! Don’t you think people should give books for Halloween instead of those unhealthy chunks of sugar?” I expressed it more politely, but my basic thought was, “No. Those copies of...

Friday, October 17, 2014

So I was cruising down the Information Superighway, doing about 75, when I ran across a blog that raised a cybereyebrow at seeing a woman described as “a hard-boiled virgin”. This is a modestly obscure literary reference, and as I deal in mildly...