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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...
February 8, 2017
The Newberry is pleased to announce a new grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund the building of “Italian Renaissance Paleography,” a website where scholars and students can learn to transcribe medieval and early modern Italian documents from the collections of the Newberry and other institutions. Paleography, the study of handwriting, opens up access to otherwise incomprehensible primary sources, enabling scholars to pursue more thorough research from a variety of...
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...

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