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

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

The Lost Tribe of Coney Island: Headhunters, Luna Park, and the Man Who Pulled Off the Spectacle of the Century by Claire Prentice The Lost Tribe of Coney Island is the fascinating, yet horrifying, true account of the Igorrotes, indigenous peoples...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Posted in: Tumblr

Take a telescope to Ana Castillo’s groundbreaking book tonight at 6 during a free meet the author event. The Newberry Bookstore has you covered with the 20th anniv. ed. of Massacre of the Dreamers—as well as a variety of cards.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I keep picking this book up, wondering why it isn’t in the Travel section instead of where I find it. Then I look it over and mutter, “Oh. Right.” I put it back where it belongs.

Monday, November 17, 2014

So we are well into November, past the fireworks and foofaraw of Election Day and not yet up to the warm family feeling of Black Friday shopping. What we have here is a succession of long gray days: cold, dim, and discouraging. What can we do about...

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

In Chicago, there were two major changes in the street numbering system. The first was implemented in 1909 and primarily impacted the northern and western sections of the city. The second change, in 1911, impacted the downtown area. Street names...

Friday, November 14, 2014

Did you ever play that kind of trivia game where you get a dozen or so facts and are challenged to say which ones are true? Guess what, cranberry goulash! 1. Recent donations have included a large white shirt, a pair of socks, a belt, and a shoe. 2...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

Brown, Kevin. Passage to the World: The Emigrant Experience 1807-1940. Barnsley  Seaforth publishing, 2013. Call No. JV 6029 .B76 2013.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

There have been several inquiries this month about donating magazines. The best one so far has been, “I read on your website that you don’t take National Geographic. I wonder if this includes even the ones from last year.” For the record, it...

Monday, November 10, 2014

So there is this book called The Big Book of Book Fair Bloggery, soon to be a bestseller if ever we decide to how we’ll sell it. It includes some thirty blogs chosen out of the, oh, 700 or so which have appeared in this space. It’s a “Best” list:...

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

Another story we uncovered during the preparation of the exhibit, Chicago, Europe, and the Great War, was that of Felicite Oglesby.