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February 26, 2015
The Newberry has acquired a set of artifacts that may shed new light on the Yalta Conference, the diplomatic gathering of Allied leaders who, in the final months of World War II, established the terms for peace and the new boundaries of postwar Europe. Consisting primarily of never-before-seen photographs of the American, British, and Soviet politicians in attendance, the acquisition offers a different perspective from the official visual record of the conference’s proceedings. These...
January 26, 2015
On Saturday, January 24, Paul Gehl received the American Printing History Association’s annual APHA Award for contributions to the study of printing and printing history. Much of Gehl’s work in these areas has been accomplished while serving as Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing at the Newberry, where he has guided the research of scholars and type designers from around the world in addition to producing scholarly work of his own. Gehl’s research interests lie...
December 17, 2014
The Newberry’s Modern Manuscripts Department announces the completion of a three-year National Endowment for the Humanities-funded project to arrange, describe, and make electronically available the records of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company (CB&Q). The CB&Q records at the Newberry measure over 2,300 linear feet, and include correspondence, reports, maps, blueprints, financial documents, advertising materials, photographs, and other items documenting the history of...
December 15, 2014
Filling out individual call slips, by hand, in order to request materials from the Newberry’s collection will soon be a thing of the past. Newberry readers, after creating an account through a software program called Aeon, will be able to reserve collection items with a simple click of the mouse. In addition to bringing greater ease to the user experience, Aeon promises to streamline the processing of requests and the monitoring of materials. An “implementation committee” of eight Newberry...
November 21, 2014
A number of streets surrounding the Newberry will be closed for the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Saturday, November 22. Please review the complete list of street closures below, and plan your travel accordingly. Main Street Closures Closed 3:30 - 8 pm: Oak Street (State Street to Michigan Avenue) North Michigan Avenue (Oak Street to Wacker Drive) Upper Wacker Drive (Michigan Avenue to east turnaround) Additional Street Closures Closed 7 am - 7 pm: Upper Illinois Street (Michigan Avenue...
October 21, 2014
This November, the Newberry will join organizations across Chicago in observing National Native American Heritage Month. The D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies has organized two free, public events to honor America’s native cultures. On Tuesday, November 4, Yale Professor of History and American Studies Ned Blackhawk will deliver a talk entitled “John Evans and the Question of Genocide.” His presentation and discussion will link the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre to...
September 10, 2014
The Department of Maps & Modern Manuscript’s recent cataloging of previously unprocessed materials in the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad archives yielded duplicate items that have been deaccessioned from the Newberry’s collection. The duplicates have found a new home (for the moment, anyway) in the Newberry Bookstore, where Manager Jennifer Fastwolf has arrayed them on a wide-mouthed stand along the checkout counter, in individual plastic sleeves. The new items for sale (prices...
July 10, 2014
On July 7 four librarians from Myanmar, along with two Northern Illinois University (NIU) professors, visited the Newberry. NIU, which has a strong Southeast Asia studies program and the only Center for Burma Studies in the United States, has been active in forging partnerships with academic and cultural institutions in Myanmar as the country emerges from decades of military rule. One part of its intellectual infrastructure that Myanmar intends to buttress is library administration and the...
June 16, 2014
This July and August, graduate students from the 20 colleges and universities composing the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS) will participate in the summer institute “Recording the Native Americas: Indigenous Speech, Representation, and the Politics of Writing.” This month-long event is coordinated by the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, which includes Director Patricia Marroquin Norby and Program Assistant Nicolas Arms, and will be taught...
June 12, 2014
John Brady, the Newberry's director of Reader Services and curator of Americana, will leave the library this month. John has led a team of librarians and librarian assistants while planning, providing for, and coordinating services for readers, scholars participating in Newberry programs, staff, and remote users; as a curator, he collected current monographs, antiquarian books, and manuscript Americana to augment a strong repository in the field. A ubiquitous presence around the Newberry, John...

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