The Newberry is home to a world-class collection of millions of books, manuscript pages, and maps—a wealth of primary sources for English and history teachers. Yet finding the time to research the collections can be a challenge for busy educators. To facilitate access to this archive, the Newberry teacher programs staff has collaborated with scholars and university faculty to develop Digital Collections for the Classroom.
We’re very pleased to announce that our Campaign for Tomorrow’s Newberry has raised almost 85 percent of its $25 million goal. Our heartfelt thanks go out to those of you who have helped make this success possible through your gifts to the campaign and the Annual Fund.
The Newberry already is putting our campaign commitments to work to enhance the library’s programs and services. Thanks to generous gifts, we’ve been able to:
As part of our 125th anniversary, the Newberry has published a book highlighting 125 outstanding items: “The Newberry 125, Stories of Our Collection.” The Newberry is home to millions of books, maps, manuscripts, and other media, and these featured few represent the collection’s most awe-inspiring.
The Newberry’s 125th anniversary (or, as it’s fondly referred to around the library’s halls, quasquicentennial) has inspired a number of commemorative Newberry 125 events that will be open to the public. Chief among these, The Newberry 125 exhibition will open Thursday, September 6 and run through Monday, December 31.
More than 200 people earlier this year came to the Newberry to hear Scott Turow and Judge Richard Posner discuss the future of books, authors, and libraries in the digital age as part of the library’s new public program, “Conversations at the Newberry.” Designed to generate thought-provoking discourse about enduring issues that are timely today, each evening features a pair of authors speaking about topics on which they have expertise and with which they are enthusiastically engaged, followed by give and take with the audience.
Approximately 250 people came to the Newberry on May 7 to see Francis Oakley, Williams College President Emeritus and Edward Dorr Griffin Professor of the History of Ideas, receive this year’s Newberry Library Award for his outstanding contributions to the humanities. The award was presented by Newberry Board of Trustees Chair Victoria Herget following a cocktail reception and dinner, co-chaired by Janis and John Notz and Michele and Peter Willmott. Janis Notz is a member of the Newberry Board of Trustees.
Charles C. Haffner III devoted his professional career to R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, founded by his great-grandfather—and his philanthropic career to books, art, education, and nature, bringing an extraordinary level of dedication and leadership to organizations and institutions that reflected his principles and his passion. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University, Charlie was the son of World War II hero Major General Charles C. Haffner, Jr., and he himself served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in the early 1950’s.
The Newberry is pleased to be one of the collaborating cultural institutions on a new website: “The Civil War in Art: Teaching and Learning Through Chicago Collections.” An educational tool designed primarily for students and teachers in grades 6 – 12, the site features 128 high-resolution images from the Terra Foundation for American Art and its partners: the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago History Museum, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Public Schools, DuSable Museum of African American History, and the Newberry’s Professional Development Programs for Teachers.
May 16 marks the 100th anniversary of Studs Terkel’s birth, and an occasion to memorialize one of the most prolific writers and cultural critics in the history of Chicago letters.
Quotes from William Wordsworth, Robert F. Kennedy, A.A. Milne and other text have been transformed into beautiful works of printing and book arts, and are now featured at the Chicago Calligraphy Collective’s (CCC) 26th Annual Juried Exhibition, Exploration 2012, being hosted at the Newberry.