Today most Americans remember the War of 1812 for inspiring Francis Scott Key to write “The Star Spangled Banner.” Many of the conflict’s most familiar events—the battle of New Orleans, impressment of American sailors into the British Navy, and the British assault on Washington D.C.—took place far away from the Great Lakes. Yet the war stretched through the United States’ northwestern territory to Fort Dearborn and beyond, and sparked fighting among Indians, Canadians, the British, and Americans.
So much happens every day at the Newberry. We challenged Kartemquin Films to capture the story of the Newberry—our activities, our people, our collections, our community. We’re delighted with the result and we invite you to see the Newberry Library for yourself.
The Newberry Library is pleased to announce the start of a $300,000, two-and-one-half-year project to arrange, describe, and make electronically accessible the archives of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company (CB&Q), which comprise 2,760 linear feet of correspondence, minutes, photographs, land records, maps, promotional publications, financial records and other materials documenting company activities from 1840 to 1965. The project is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Preservation and Access.
Home to one of the world’s foremost archives related to American Indians and the indigenous peoples of the western hemisphere, the Newberry is celebrating National Native American Heritage Month with an exciting new exhibition to accompany the recent launch of a permanent, educational website. The website is made possible by generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Newberry is pleased to announce a major, five-year, $750,000 initiative that will help make the Newberry one of the nation’s premier centers for research on early modern religion. The initiative honors Sister Ann Ida Gannon, BVM, a Newberry Trustee, former president of Mundelein College, and renowned Chicago educator, and will conserve and catalog about 8,000 titles relating to religion in the early modern period, ca. 1500 – 1750.
The Newberry has awarded fellowships to 53 scholars for the 2011–12 academic year.
Seven of the fellowships have been awarded to scholars who will be in residence at the Newberry for long terms, either one or two semesters. In addition, four long-term faculty fellowships have been awarded to professors who will teach in the Newberry’s two undergraduate programs, the Associated Colleges of the Midwest/Newberry Library Program and the Newberry Undergraduate Seminar Program.
Mark your calendars for the 27th Annual Newberry Library Book Fair and be sure to join us for Chicago’s most popular used book binge. Most books are under $2 and admission is free! Browse through more than 120,000 used books in 70 categories. Scour the sale for amazing deals on cookbooks, fiction, art books, children’s literature, collectibles, and much, much more. At least year’s sale, items that sold ranged from paperback mysteries and romance novels, to a first-edition copy of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
From July 1, 2011 to January 1, 2012, the Newberry will install compact shelving on the lower three floors of its 10-floor book stack building. The library will remain open during construction, but collections on the affected floors will be unavailable over the course of the project.
The Newberry is pleased to announce it has recently received a $488,179 three-year grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to catalog approximately 22,000 French pamphlets from four of its collections. The Newberry’s project is one of 14 selected out of 91 proposals in this year’s CLIR Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives initiative.
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