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

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

Brown, Kevin. Passage to the World: the Emigrant Experience, 1807-1940. Barnsley, UK: Pen and Sword, 2013. Call No. JV 6029 .B76 2013Investigation of conditions aboard passenger ships ferrying emigrants to America. Di Bonaventura, Allegra.For Adam’...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

So the Newberry’s exhibits marking the centennial of the First World War are now open. This has sparked a certain trend in donations to the Book Fair. I have had not one but two donors send over big collections of books dealing with World War I. The...

Monday, September 15, 2014

“Uncle Blogsy!” “Kindly don’t shout, young Bookhopper. This is a library.” “But you’re always telling us the Library is upstairs, and this is just the Book Fair.” “Maybe you should run upstairs and make sure it’s still there. Come back next week.” “...

Friday, September 12, 2014

I hope you are aware of the new blog on the block. My colleague across the way, Dear Walter, was drawing an inquirer’s attention to a Newberry book, Athletics and Football, a reference book from the Badminton Library. The Badminton Library is a...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

Last Saturday we were lucky enough to have Dr. Dave McDonald give two lectures at the Newberry. The first lecture discussed Illinois migration patterns and provided a fascinating view of the growth of the State of Illinois - how people arrived here...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A few years ago, I was thrilled to see a signed book by Harnett T. Kane arrive in a donation. Harnett T. Kane was a New Orleans novelist who had his share of bestsellers more than a few years ago. His autograph is of modest value, and there has been...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Posted in: Tumblr

Walter L. Newberry, at your Service. Please avail yourself of the Strange, Occult publication known as “MY BLOG,” Dear Walter. Submit Queries relating to the humanities, the Newberry Library, or the various and sundry complexities of ordering a...

Monday, September 8, 2014

Has it been just one week since Labor Day? I am taking it for granted that the greater Chicago blog public took my request for no donations seriously. Those people who brought in books were either under deadline or don’t read blogs. (Or read at all...

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

Tuesday, September 9th, 6:30 pmSun City (Huntley) Genealogy ClubPresenter: Ginger FrereNew Tools for Finding Old StuffTechnology is changing the face of genealogy. Come take a look at some new online tools and techniques for finding our elusive...

Friday, September 5, 2014

A number of years ago, a donor sent us books which had been packed in a pair of old steamer trunks. It seemed silly to them to repack the books into anything else, so they just dropped off the trunks and their contents. We welcomed the challenge:...