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April 2014

Peace-Prize Winners, Polkas, Poetry, and More

The Newberry is thrilled to celebrate its 30th year of Book Fair, one of the largest used-book sales in the country. Already numbering 80,000, this year’s collection features books autographed by President Obama, Desmond Tutu, and Albert Schweitzer—all Nobel Peace Prize winners; about 300 Polka albums; Civil-War-era Harper’s magazines; and a large offering of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French literature—in French.

Ruth Page and Harald Kreutzberg, c. 1934

March 2014

The Newberry to be Honored by Ruth Page Center for the Arts

The Newberry is honored to be this year’s recipient of The Ruth Page Center for the Arts Distinguished Service Award. First bestowed in 2013, the Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual or organization who has demonstrated extraordinary service and leadership in advancing the mission of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts to ensure that children and dance artists have a place to study, work, and perform at the highest level of excellence.

March 2014

The Bard Is Born

To mark The Bard’s birthday—April 23—and celebrate his work, the Newberry has partnered with Chicago Shakespeare Theater and The Shakespeare Project of Chicago to host a small but spectacular exhibition featuring more than 40 items from the three institutions. “The Bard Is Born” will be open April 22 through June 21. It will focus in part on Henry V, the first play performed—on the roof of the Red Lion Pub—by Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and the one being performed there April 29 through June 15 of this year.

March 2014

One Book, 17 Designs

In 1998, Julia Miller began the monumental task of sifting through notes and observations made during her 30-year career as an archivist and book conservator, then sat down to write. The resultant Books Will Speak Plain (The Legacy Press 2010) is a 500-page handbook aimed at conservators, collectors, librarians, and book lovers, for the identification and description of book structures and styles.

February 2014

Newberry CLOSED Monday, February 17

On Monday, February 17, the Newberry will close owing to a recently planned, day-long shutdown of the building’s water supply. The shutdown is part of the city of Chicago’s water-main installation taking place on Walton between Dearborn and Clark streets. City officials assured the library that the water shutdown will take one day only. Barring any unforeseen events, the Newberry will re-open as usual Tuesday, February 18.

January 2014

A Hidden Collection Comes to Light

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has awarded the Newberry $216,100 to bring 29,800 additional items into the library’s John M. Wing Collection, one of the world’s best collections on book arts and printing history. Backlogged for a decade or more and dating from 1605 to the present, materials in this “hidden collection” include examples of type and printing, ballad sheets, advertising posters, direct mail pieces, and books, both beautiful and homely, of all periods.

November 2013

Mellon Awards Newberry $526,000 for Paleography Website

The Newberry is delighted to announce that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the library $526,000 to create a set of online tools to allow users to access, practice transcribing, and annotate French manuscript documents dating from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance.

November 2013

The Newberry Bookstore

From new novels and non-fiction to used books to works that reflect the library’s superb collection, The Newberry Bookstore is a must-stop to shop for book-lovers.

W. H. Pratt, Proclamation of Emancipation Abraham Lincoln, 1867. Case oversize E453 .P73 1867

October 2013

Lincoln Prize Winners in Conversation at the Newberry

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and in conjunction with the Newberry’s Civil War exhibition, distinguished Lincoln scholars Douglas L. Wilson and Michael Burlingame, both of whom are recipients of the Lincoln Prize for published books, will discuss the language and rhetoric of President Lincoln.

October 2013

Sherlock Holmes Symposium

This year's symposium celebrates the 10th anniversary of the remarkable collection of written works and memorabilia of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle contained in the Newberry's C. Frederick Kittle Collection of Doyleana. The program is free and open to all Sherlockians and the general public. Light refreshments will be served.

This year's event will feature the following speakers:

Working with the Kittle Collection

Newberry President David Spadafora