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January 31, 2017
The Newberry is pleased to announce the appointment of Suzanne Karr Schmidt to the position of George Amos Poole III Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts. Since 2013, Suzanne has been Assistant Curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, where her responsibilities include exhibitions, cataloging the early modern print collection, working with researchers and donors, and collaborating with conservators and other curators. She previously served as Andrew W....
January 23, 2017
The Newberry is building an archive of modern protest that includes the hats, signs, banners, posters, buttons, and other ephemera that blanketed the Women’s March held in Chicago on Saturday, January 21. Crowdsourcing materials from anyone who attended the march (or other demonstrations associated with it), the Newberry invites people across the city to participate in the library’s ongoing preservation of history. (If you would like to contribute to the collection, please read this quick guide...
November 30, 2016
With the recent acquisition of more than 110 vintage photographs and 500 negatives from the Morrison-Shearer Foundation, the Newberry has become the largest repository of the work of twentieth-century photographer Helen Balfour Morrison. Morrison, whose work received critical acclaim when it first appeared, has since faded from prominence in the art world. But her original prints survive as visual evidence of a photographer learning her craft; they also contribute to the larger history of...
November 6, 2016
The Newberry’s Center for Renaissance Studies is set to oversee a new four-year block of classroom training in vernacular paleography. Offering participants two three- and four-week institutes each summer for the next four years, the program is made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which has supported paleography instruction at the Newberry (and our partner institutions) since 2005. Over that time, the Newberry has helped over 350 scholars sharpen their script-...
October 13, 2016
Thursday, October 27– Saturday, October 29, the Nebenzahl Lectures at the Newberry celebrate their 50th anniversary with a retrospective on cartographic scholarship as it has evolved since the first series in 1966; this year’s series focuses on the theme of “Maps, Their Collecting and Study.” The lectures, which convene distinguished scholars every two to three years, are free and open to the public, although registration is required. Anyone with an interest in the subject can register to...
October 11, 2016
Through an agreement with the Lake County Forest Preserves District, the Newberry will become the new home of the Curt Teich Postcard Archives Collection, widely regarded as the largest public collection of postcards and related materials in the United States. The postcards, about 2.5 million in number, feature a range of subjects and genres: rural vistas and urban skylines, tourist attractions and emergent industries, domestic scenes and global conflicts. Standing at the intersection of...
October 2, 2016
This month, the Newberry’s D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies will receive the 2016 International “Guardians of Culture and Lifeways” Archives Institutional Excellence Award from the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM). In honoring the center with this award, ATALM recognizes the center’s mission to expand, deepen, and enrich our understanding of American Indian history. For 45 years, the McNickle Center has fulfilled its mission...
September 23, 2016
This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare—and the beginning of his illustrious afterlife as a literary icon and cultural phenomenon. The Newberry is celebrating the occasion with a multi-gallery exhibition exploring the Bard’s creativity as well as the creativity of the countless writers, printers, actors, musicians, and artists who have re-contextualized, re-imagined, and re-invented his work over the past 400 years. Creating Shakespeare, now open, is...
September 12, 2016
The Newberry Library has relaunched ChicagoAncestors.org, a searchable map for historical and genealogical research. The website, free and accessible to the public, offers users a map linked to numerous data points for historical events, places, images, and stories that can be searched by keyword, address, collection, or neighborhood. In addition to these features from the original version of the site, the revamped site now includes a larger and more legible map, scholarly articles on history...
July 20, 2016
During the 2016 Bughouse Square Debates on Saturday, July 30, the Newberry Library will present the John Peter Altgeld Freedom of Speech Award to WITNESS, an international organization working to help people use video as a medium of expression and a vehicle for fighting for human rights. The presentation of the Altgeld Award is a fixture of the Bughouse Square Debates. The award recognizes individuals who defend civil liberties and freedom of speech or whose outspoken views on subjects...

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