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December 31, 2012
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: install compact shelving on three floors of our Stack...
October 11, 2011
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. Conceived and developed by the Newberry’s D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and...
February 2, 2012
Scott Turow and Judge Richard Posner will talk about the future of books, authors, and libraries in the digital age at the next “Conversations at the Newberry,” a new series of discussions to generate thought-provoking discourse for and frame important questions 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. The...
January 24, 2012
The Newberry has completed one of the most critical projects under the auspices of the Campaign for Tomorrow’s Newberry; the installation of compact shelving on three floors of its Stack Building. Made possible by the generous support of the late Gerald F. Fitzgerald, Sr., and his wife, Marjorie, the project has given the library a stunning 13.75 miles of new shelving and the equivalent of a full floor of additional storage. All materials are once again available for use. “Our...
January 31, 2012
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has chosen the Newberry to host a two-year Public Fellow to work with the newly created Department of Digital Initiatives and Services to develop an integrated digital strategy for research and learning in the humanities. The Newberry is one of only 13 organizations in the country—and the only one in the Midwest—selected for the program, which will place recent PhD awardees from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff...
January 5, 2012
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has granted the Newberry $326,803 to help community college faculty enrich their students’ learning in the area of American religious pluralism. Utilizing the Newberry’s rich collections and expertise, “Out of Many: Religious Pluralism in America” is a two-year, multi-day seminar program that will bring together 20 community college faculty to explore American religious pluralism through discussions with scholars in the field, public...
December 12, 2011
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...
October 26, 2011
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.
October 24, 2011
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...
September 6, 2011
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. Preserving and cataloging rare materials requires...

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