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December 6, 2017
Building on the success of its previous crowdsourced transcription projects, Transcribing Faith and The Civil War in Letters, the Newberry has launched a new website, Transcribing Modern Manuscripts, that asks users for help deciphering more than 30,000 pages of handwritten letters, diaries, and other documents chronicling the lives of ordinary Americans throughout the 19th century. As transcribers convert the handwritten text into digitally searchable documents, they...
October 2, 2017
The Newberry is pleased to welcome Dr. Julie Pelletier as Acting Director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies. Dr. Pelletier’s appointment begins October 2, 2017, and continues through August 15, 2018. The McNickle Center’s current director, Dr. Patricia Marroquin Norby, is on leave to complete her book, entitled Water, Bones, and Bombs: Three Artists and the Fight for Northern New Mexico, under contract with the University of...
September 14, 2017
Coinciding with the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, Religious Change and Print, 1450-1700 explores the period’s fierce debates over religion as well as how early adopters of print used the medium to extend the Roman Catholic Church’s influence—or bypass it altogether. As battles for individuals’ souls played out across Europe and the Americas, the need to connect with audiences inspired innovations in writing, printing, and publishing. “This exhibition emphasizes the...
September 7, 2017
Over the past year and a half, the Newberry has digitized more than 30,000 French Revolution pamphlets representing contemporary commentators’ views on citizenship, royal execution, and the separation of church and state. Quickly printed and distributed in response to the latest political upheavals, the pamphlets offer a window into how the French people confronted the Revolution and its legacy. The library is now encouraging users of this digital collection to pursue innovative scholarship by...
June 20, 2017
On June 12, the Newberry presented the Newberry Library Award to Martin E. Marty, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the History of Modern Christianity at the University of Chicago. Since 1987, the Newberry has honored individuals and organizations for their outstanding contribution to the humanities, especially to fields of scholarship relevant to the Newberry’s collection strengths. Marty is a historian of religion, educator, author, and theologian. Throughout his...
June 8, 2017
In January of 2018, the Newberry will embark on a six-month renovation project to transform the 25,000 square feet of its historic main floor, fostering new connections among the library’s visitors, collections, and staff within a few feet of the entrances. The renovation will result in both redesigned and new spaces, such as an information center where visitors can learn how to use the Newberry’s collection and its many resources; a climate-controlled seminar room allowing classes and other...
May 15, 2017
The Newberry announces the public launch of Religious Change, 1450 - 1700, a multidisciplinary project drawing on the full range of the library’s programs, services, and staff expertise. Coinciding with the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, Religious Change will explore how challenges to religious authority ushered in an age of hope, fear, and anxiety that continues to shape religion, politics, culture, and every other facet of human life. We will pursue this...
March 29, 2017
The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the Newberry $325,000—plus an additional $150,000 in matching grants—to support the library's fellowship program over the next three years. The Newberry's program is one of the most competitive in the country; this past academic year, the Newberry selected just 6% of the long-term fellowship applications submitted by scholars interested in pursuing their research at the library. With this competitiveness in mind, the NEH increased...
March 27, 2017
The following letter was recently released by the Independent Research Libraries Association, of which the Newberry is a member. Independent research libraries preserve books, manuscripts and other precious materials that sustain the national conversation about who we are as Americans and also who we have been. As directors of these libraries, we have direct experience of the impact of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS...
March 14, 2017
As part of the recent consolidation of Bexley Seabury in Chicago, the seminary has donated the Bexley Hall Rare Book Collection to the Newberry, where the collection will be complemented and amplified by the Newberry’s existing materials on religion. Bexley Seabury, a federation of Bexley Hall and Seabury-Western Theological seminaries, is one of 10 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church. Until July 2016, Bexley Seabury operated from two campuses, in Chicago and in Columbus, Ohio. “As...

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