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May 1, 2015
The Newberry Library has announced the appointment of D. Bradford Hunt to the position of Vice President for Research and Academic Programs. Dr. Hunt will arrive at the Newberry from Roosevelt University, where he has held a variety of positions as a professor and an administrator since 2001. As Vice President for Research and Academic Programs, Dr. Hunt will oversee the Newberry’s fellowship and scholars-in-residence programs, its undergraduate seminars and graduate-student programs, and the...
May 1, 2015
Newberry readers can now request collection items with the click of a mouse. After creating an account through Aeon, a web-based circulation system that can be accessed at requests.newberry.org, readers will be able to search for materials and submit requests for them seamlessly. This means no more filling out call slips by hand, a time-consuming and (often) physically demanding process. “Aeon will transform how all our readers, including staff, request items from the Newberry,” says Director...
April 27, 2015
Since the Newberry’s centennial year in 1987, the Newberry Library Award has been awarded to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to fields of study related to the humanities, and specifically areas within the scope of the Newberry’s collections. On May 11, the tradition will continue with the presentation of the Newberry Library Award to Stacy Schiff, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov). Schiff has also published Saint-Exupéry, a...
March 2, 2015
Chicago history comes alive this March at the Newberry with a series of free “Meet the Author” events. The lectures, delivered by authors of recent work about Chicago, promise to illuminate dark corners of the city’s past and deliver new insights based on popular local lore. Topics include urban development, regional rivalry, and a murder that scandalized nineteenth-century Chicago. The three separate programs will take place on March 17, 21, and 24. Chicago in Ten Stories (Tuesday,...
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...

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