Center for Renaissance Studies | Newberry

Center for Renaissance Studies

John Scottowe. Letter "I" from "Calligraphic Alphabet," 1592.

John Scottowe. Letter “I” from “Calligraphic Alphabet,” 1592. Wing MS ZW 545 .S431.

The Center for Renaissance Studies promotes the use of the Newberry collection by graduate students and postgraduate scholars in the fields of late medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies (ca. 1300 – ca. 1750), making available programs that may not be feasible for individual institutions to mount alone.

Founded in 1979, the center works with an international consortium of universities in North America and Europe. It offers a wide range of scholarly programs and digital and print publications based in the Newberry collection, and provides a locus for a community of scholars who come from all over the world to use the library’s early manuscripts, printed books, and other materials.

Faculty and graduate students from consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grants to travel to the Newberry to attend programs or do research.

The center also maintains a list of important resources in the study of Paleography. Learn more about upcoming Programs.

Interested researchers should consult the Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies core collection details for an introduction to navigating the Newberry’s extensive Renaissance and early modern collections.

Funding for the center is provided in part by the Bernard P. McElroy Fund in Renaissance Studies.

Your generosity is vital in keeping the library’s programs, exhibitions, and reading rooms free and accessible to everyone. To make a donation, call (312) 255-3599 or visit

News and announcements

  • The Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library cordially invites graduate students attending the Renaissance Society of America’s annual conference to a wine and beer reception on Wednesday, March 29th, 5:30-7:30 pm. Snacks will be provided. Short presentations will begin at 6pm by Lia Markey, Director of the Center for Renaissance Studies, and Christopher Fletcher, Newberry Mellon Major Fellows Project. RSVP here.

  • Georg Rem’s personal copy of Emblematica Politica,detailing the lost art of Nürnberg Town Hall, is discovered at the Newberry by Newberry fellow Mara Wade. View the blog post.

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