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Seminar Instructor Diane Dillon Leads a Walking Tour

May 2013

Sign Up for a Summer Class

Registration for summer seminars is now open. Delve into Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling; reacquaint yourself with Chicago’s public art, from commemorative statues to sprawling murals; or join a writers’ group and pen that imaginative children’s book you’ve been thinking about.

All classes begin June 4 on a rolling basis. PLEASE NOTE that there is a May 29 registration deadline. Those signing up after the deadline might incur a late fee.

A 1630 edition of the King James Bible

April 2013

Treasures of Faith

This Newberry Spotlight exhibition features more than 40 books on religion that date from the thirteenth to the nineteenth century. “Treasures of Faith: Twenty Years of Acquisitions” showcases extraordinary examples from the more than 8,000 religious volumes the Newberry has acquired over the past two decades. The exhibition runs through July 6.

April 2013

Calligraphy Reception and Award Presentation April 13

Don’t miss this year’s artists’ reception and purchase prize presentation at Exploration 2013: The 27th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective at the Newberry. Free and open to the public, the event runs from 11 am to 3 pm Saturday, April 13, and includes calligraphy demonstrations, a talk by artist Jane Ewing, and the award presentation. The exhibition will continue through June 7.

David McCullough

March 2013

David McCullough to Receive Newberry Award

The Newberry is pleased to announce that David McCullough will receive the 2013 Newberry Library Award. Established in 1987, the library’s centennial year, the award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the humanities, particularly in fields of endeavor related to the Newberry’s collection.

The cover of an underground publication produced and distributed in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam during World War II

February 2013

Caxton Club, Newberry to Host "Outsiders: Zines, Samizdat, and Alternative Publishing"

Chicago this spring will be celebrating the rich tradition of underground, dissident, and alternative publishing, highlighted by two special programs at the Newberry.

Cronica Veneta, 15th Century

February 2013

Deciphering Texts

Called the archaeologists of texts, paleographers, according to Anthony Grafton, “tell us which texts were written when and what they say, which scripts were used where, and why, and by whom.” Paleographers do the detective work that makes all other research possible.

(l to r): Newberry President David Spadafora, Illinois Mayflower Society Education Committee Chair William Conger, Illinois Mayflower Society Governor Max Brown, and Newberry Vice President for Research and Academic Programs Daniel Greene

January 2013

Illinois Mayflower Society Awards Newberry Fellowship Grant

The Newberry and the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Illinois proudly announce an annual grant enabling two short-term fellowships for qualified Ph.D. and postdoctoral scholars to study at the library.

Across the Continent

January 2013

Newberry Launches Digital Collections for the Classroom

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.

December 2012

Campaign Nearing Its $25 Million Goal

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:

The Newberry 125 Book

October 2012

The Newberry 125, Stories of Our Collection

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.