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June 1, 2016
The Newberry has announced that over 50 scholars will spend all or part of the 2016-17 academic year as Newberry Fellows, conducting research in the library’s world-famous collection while pursuing a variety of projects in the humanities. During their fellowships with the Newberry, these scholars will be supported by funding from the Newberry as well as from outside organizations. “Newberry Fellows dive deep into our collection to produce new knowledge and wrestle with fundamental questions of...
May 25, 2016
The Newberry is pleased to announce that Jill Gage, Reference Librarian and Bibliographer for British Literature and History at the Newberry, has been appointed Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing. She succeeds Paul Gehl, who will retire May 31 after serving 29 years as Wing custodian. Gage will continue to build the Newberry’s collection of British literature and history, retaining her existing role as bibliographer while acceding to this new one. She will...
May 18, 2016
The Newberry is pleased to announce that Lia Markey will join the library this fall as director of its Center for Renaissance Studies. Founded in 1979, the center works with an international consortium of universities to foster a community of scholars interested in using the Newberry’s early manuscripts, printed books, and other materials for a variety of projects. “Dr. Markey’s impressive experience at other major institutions means that she understands excellence in scholarship and...
March 23, 2016
Beginning in its centennial year in 1987, the Newberry has presented the Newberry Library Award to an individual or organization for their outstanding contributions to the humanities. On Monday, April 11, the tradition will continue with the presentation of the award to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Founded in 1969, The Mellon Foundation is one of the largest supporters of the humanities in the United States, having awarded more than 15,000 grants totaling more than $5.8 billion to...
March 22, 2016
The book-arts world lost a rare talent last week, when Norma Rubovits died at the age of 97. Rubovits took up bookbinding in the late 1960s, eventually focusing her creative energy on marbled papers—which she taught herself to make after consulting manuals and sample books in the Newberry collection. Not satisfied with producing decorative end papers for traditional book bindings, Rubovits pioneered what she called “marbled vignettes,” starkly elegant, stand-alone compositions featuring a quick...
January 25, 2016
The Newberry is pleased to announce the launch of French Renaissance Paleography, a website where scholars and students can practice transcribing a carefully curated selection of over 100 manuscripts dating from 1300 - 1700. Paleography, the study of handwriting, prompts scholarly investigations into the details of medieval and early modern life that were recorded by hand rather than printing press. The manuscripts on the French Renaissance Paleography site document colonial administration,...
January 20, 2016
The Newberry is pleased to announce the launch of a new website devoted to Daniel H. Burnham and Edward H. Bennett’s 1909 Plan of Chicago and its place in the history of American urban planning and image-making. This landmark document continues to serve as a touchstone in debates over how to organize urban landscapes. Make Big Plans: Daniel Burnham’s Vision of an American Metropolis sheds light on these debates by exploring the Plan as a document that harnessed not...
January 4, 2016
This month, the Newberry will embark on a year-and-a-half-long project to digitize 30,000 French political pamphlets published between 1780 and 1810—a tumultuous era marked by the French Revolution and its bloody aftermath. These pamphlets, written by various fulminating commentators and political theorists, represent a range of opinion regarding popular sovereignty and royal execution. Titled Voices of the Revolution, the project is supported by a grant from the Council on Library and...
December 3, 2015
As curator of maps for the National Archives of Cuba, Jorge Macle has access to a wealth of material documenting the exploration and cartographic representation of the island, from its time as a colony of the Spanish Empire to the present. However, to place his research in a larger context of Western European and American mapmaking, he must occasionally travel to archives located in those parts of the world. Visiting map collections in the United States as a Cuban scholar, while difficult due...
November 13, 2015
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest – Newberry Seminar in the Humanities, a unique program that brings undergraduate students to the Newberry for a semester-long course taught by an interdisciplinary team of faculty and culminating in a substantial research paper using our collection. Offering a semester’s academic credit, the seminar allows participants to immerse themselves in humanities research and to maximize their use of the resources available...

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