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

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, August 29, 2014

As I have mentioned, one of the signs that a dealer in used books has been around a while, is the cry, “We used to get that all the time!” This indicates a book which used to come in every week and now has become scarce. The bookseller is indulging...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

It’s back to school time - a great reminder to take a look at some lesser-known school records. In Chicago, the Board of Education has published several different documents which you might find helpful. All of these publications are available at the...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It’s the holiday weekend coming up, right? You’ve been quietly waiting until we were ready to take in books again. But you realized you have company coming for the Labor Day festivities and decided to bring ‘em over anyhow. You CAN’T let these...

Monday, August 25, 2014

Perhaps you have wondered what a Book Fair manager does in the off-season. Is it all a matter of piling up boxes, sorting books into categories, and looking up prices? Or does he practice some arcane fitness ritual, a toughening of mind and body for...

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

For at least the 5th straight year, the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, cited as being “simply the best way to understand how shifting county boundaries might have affected the whereabouts of your ancestors’ records,” has made Family Tree...

Friday, August 22, 2014

Was it Gutenberg, just after his innovation with moveable type? Was he the one? After he finished the Bible, did he try to think of some other publishing challenge? Suddenly, perhaps, he cried, “Let’s see if we can drive Uncle Blogsy crazy by...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Posted in: Tumblr

Our Conservation Dept. hard at work on materials for the upcoming WWI exhibition, opening 9/17. #wwi #newberrylibrary #conservation #bookishsailors

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

Akenson, Donald Harman.Ireland, Sweden and the Great European Migration 1815-1914. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University, 2011. Call No. JV7590 .A44 2011Explores the Irish diaspora and the origins of Swedish-America. Bennett, Nicholas. Lincolnshire...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

We have occasionally discussed the category at the Book Fair called “Proofs”, where we sell the proof copies, or galleys, or advance reader’s copies of new books. Once upon a time there was a difference between a proof and a galley, but now just...

Monday, August 18, 2014

Once upon a time, before this Internet was in use and communication had therefore not been invented, I wrote a series of articles trying to convince writers everywhere that a book fair was an investment. Now that we have all this technology, writers...