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, January 24, 2015

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. The Name is the Game  Onomatology and the Genealogist. Baltimore, Md.  Published for Clearfield Co. by Genealogical Publishing Co., 2013. Although it’s a thin volume at 85 pages, this book is chock-full of great tidbits and...

Friday, January 23, 2015

I was browsing among my blogs–great for tracking down stuff I’d read, very bad for finding something I haven’t read yet–and saw that two years ago, I was writing about a book phenomenon called “Fifty Shades of Grey”. I know you haven’t wasted your...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

Filling out individual call slips to request materials from the Newberry’s stacks will soon be a thing of the past. New software will allow readers to register online. Once registered, you will be able to reserve collection items with a mouse click...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What was it like, do you suppose, to be present when that little cavechild, stepping between the stalagmites to look at the snow, fell and swung his arms to make the first snow angel? Did anyone record the moment when the Warhols opened the first...

Monday, January 19, 2015

I put these things off: I know it. But I do like to see the season linger. But still and all, one must say goodbye to the green and red holiday, if only to make room for one’s Valentines. I have thrown away the bottle with that last little bit of...

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

The annual National Genealogical Society conference will be held May 13-16 in St. Charles, Missouri. This year’s theme is “Crossroads of America.” With a wide variety of events and topics, there’ll be something for everyone, from beginners to...

Friday, January 16, 2015

Submitted for your approval, one William Alexis Jarrin, sometimes Guglielmo Jarrin, most often known simply as Jarrin, famous nearly 200 years ago for his elaborate Twelfth cakes, cakes to be eaten on the night of January 5, as a close to the...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

Christina Bannon is a member of Chicago Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, the oldest Chapter in the nation. She is presently serving Illinois as State Registrar, and the National Society as the National Vice Chairman, North Central...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

All these announcements for the impending “Love On Paper” exhibit may contribute to your romantic fantasy, but my mind turned to science fiction. Stories of alternative time streams—worlds in which most of what we know is the same but some key...

Monday, January 12, 2015

I realize that there may be some issues I left unresolved in 2014, so in the spirit of starting with a reasonably clean slate in 2015, I thought I would address some of these questions. Yes, I am aware that one of the singers I mentioned in my blog...