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.
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

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

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

The recent changes to the Ancestry.com interface include one new feature especially useful for library-users. Now you can easily save the records you find instead of emailing or printing them. When you select “View record” from a search results list...

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Cemetery Lady came up with a grand idea once, and offered it to the Newberry for free. “You want to start a Lottery Club,” she told me. “Get together a group of people who play the lottery regularly, and have them sign a pledge that they’ll give...

Monday, April 21, 2014

I know that all you loyal Book Fair customers are reasonable souls, souls who are able to allow exceptions to the rule, people who don’t expect everything at the Book Fair to be perfect. This knowledge of mine has been called faith. It has been...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is currently developing the agency’s third Open Government Plan and they are asking for our suggestions for 2014-2016. You can look at the overview of proposed actions and the previous plan and...

Friday, April 18, 2014

I have a failing for bloopers programs, those entirely too jolly shows featuring people who fall down a lot. I don’t know why: perhaps it makes me feel graceful. Or grateful: my parents never did buy me a skateboard, an object which seems to have...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

On May 2, 3, and 4 the Newberry Consort early music chamber ensemble will play selections from the Mexican Choirbooks in the Newberry collection. See the Consort website for times, locations, and ticket information. Following are the program notes...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

The weather is starting to turn to spring (despite this week’s snow) and the urge to get out of the house and out of the city is getting stronger. It’s time to say “road trip”! My staff recommendation from among our new aquisitions is: Banash, Stan...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Had one of those phone calls a while back. The caller asked for the dates of this year’s sale and then inquired “Will you be separating the books with ISBN numbers from the others?” The International Standard Book Number is a number stuck on every...

Monday, April 14, 2014

So, Uncle Blogsy, tell us about Shakespeare at the Book Fair. He isn’t coming. Well, I…. I don’t approve of big celebrity appearances at the Book fair anyhow: you need security and all other kinds of foofaraw. Celebrities are okay if they’re coming...

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

CAGGNI (Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois) is sponsoring an all-day event on May 17th at Elgin Community College. “GeneaQuest: The Future is Now” will feature numerous lectures, labs and demos. The dynamic Thomas MacEntee will...