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 dearwalter@newberry.org, 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

Thursday, May 28, 2015

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The BeaverThe North American fur trade was a vastly powerful engine that drove European immigration, economic growth and the geographical expansion of white presence and control for more than two hundred years. From its beginnings on the Atlantic...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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Although the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 is the fire most associated with Chicago, there have been other significant conflagrations in the city’s history.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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The Complete Art of Making Fire Works, Improved.This chapbook, published in London around 1840, contains “copious directions for making squibs, crackers, serpents,and rockets.” For only one penny, you could allegedly learn how to make your own...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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Specimens of Wood TypeManufactured by Vanderburgh, Wells & Co. in New York, 1889Type specimens shown above. from top to bottom:                                    Hebrew, Mikado, German Extra, Phanitalian, Bulletin, and Gothic Tuscan.Which...

Monday, May 25, 2015

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The Civil War in LettersThe following is a transcription from the letter above, written by Lieutenant Oliver Perry to his brother, Walter C. Newberry:Camp Lander...

Sunday, May 24, 2015

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Military ArchitectureIn early modern Europe, military architecture stood at the crossroads of several disciplines. The hard science of mathematics was essential to creating defensive works that could hold out against powerful siege machinery. The...

Saturday, May 23, 2015

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Memorabilia from the World’s FairThe World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, or the World’s Fair, was held in Chicago in 1893. The first image above is “a souvenir of a ride on the Ferris Wheel at the World’s Fair.” The images below the souvenir...

Friday, May 22, 2015

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Happy Ephemera Phriday!The Truth About the I.W.W. Prisoners“They are in prison solely for expressions of opinion. Every charge of violence or sabotage has been thrown out by the courts.”This pamphlet was published by the American Civil Liberties...

Friday, May 22, 2015

I would call this past week an almost but not quite Smurf Singalong Week. For those who are new to my regular whining, a Smurf Singalong Week is a period when donations to the Book Fair include a regular stream of bizarre and amazing things. We were...

Thursday, May 21, 2015

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The Chapbook: Jack the Giant KillerThe story of Jack the Giant Killer (or Slayer) has been told for several centuries. Published in London, this chapbook edition is undated.“Jack, the valiant boy, who had made up his mind to rid the land of Giants...