Past Exhibitions

Below is a list of exhibitions held at the Newberry from 1995 to present. Please contact Anne Cullen, Program Assistant for Exhibitions, at, for information about Newberry exhibitions before 1995.

Past Exhibitions

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
"Ephemeral by Design" Curator-led Exhibition Tour

Join us for this free tour of Ephemeral by Design: Organizing the Everyday, a display of approximately 180 items, usually printed, designed to be read or consumed in some way and then discarded. From bus tickets to party invitations, dance cards to advertisements, these items form the texture of social and commercial exchange.

Thursday, January 15, 2015 to Saturday, April 4, 2015
Love on Paper

Love comes in all shapes and sizes, spanning the centuries and the globe – especially when expressed on paper. That’s precisely why the Newberry’s Love on Paper displays such an eclectic array of collection items, ranging from proclamations and pictures to cynical put-downs and comical send-ups of love.

Thursday, December 4, 2014
The Great War and the Origins of Humanitarianism, 1918-1924 : An Exhibition Lecture

Bruno Cabanes, a historian of twentieth-century Europe, will give an illustrated talk on the aftermath of the Great War, which brought the most troubled peacetime the world had ever seen. Survivors of the war were not only the soldiers who fought, the wounded in mind and body.

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Jane Addams, Peace, and Anti-War Activism : An Exhibition Program

In partnership with the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, the Institut Français in Paris, and the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago, the Newberry presents a public program on Jane Addams, pacifism, and contemporary reflections on anti-war activism, with readings of World War I soldiers’ poetry by DePaul University students.

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Music of the First World War : An Exhibition Lecture and Performance

Join musicologist William Brooks and historian Deniz Ertan as they explore how World War One sheet music was created, reproduced, and received by people who performed and heard it. Music from the exhibition, Chicago, Europe, and the Great War, will be performed as well.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 to Saturday, January 3, 2015
Chicago, Europe, and the Great War

The Newberry is marking the centennial of the start of World War I with two linked exhibitions and a series of related public programs.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 to Saturday, January 3, 2015
American Women Rebuilding France, 1917 - 1924 : Presented by the Newberry and the Franco-American Museum, Château de Blérancourt

The Newberry is marking the centennial of the start of World War I with two linked exhibitions and a series of related public programs.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 to Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Plainly Spoken
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 to Monday, June 23, 2014
The Bard is Born
Monday, April 7, 2014 to Friday, June 27, 2014
Exploration 2014 : The 28th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective
Friday, September 27, 2013 to Monday, March 24, 2014
Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the US Civil War and in conjunction with the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Newberry Library have mounted “Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North,” an exhibition of more than 100 items that focuses on the enormous, and costly, effect the war had on civilians.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 to Saturday, July 6, 2013
Treasures of Faith: Twenty Years of Acquisitions

In this exhibition you will see a small sample of rare and special books on religion, published from the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries that the Newberry collected over the last two decades. In 1991, Newberry Trustee Sister Ann Ida Gannon, president Emerita of Mundelein College, arranged for the transfer of Mundelein’s rare book collection to the Newberry.

Monday, March 11, 2013 to Friday, June 7, 2013
Exploration 2013: The 27th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective

The Chicago Calligraphy Collective was founded in 1976 to promote the study, practice, and appreciation of calligraphy in all its historical and present-day applications.

Saturday, February 23, 2013
Delving into French History from the Sun King to the Revolution : An Exhibition Program

Think contemporary American political debate is vicious? Our experience is mild compared with seventeenth and eighteenth-century French political infighting, a period famous for royal claims to divine right and for regicide.

Monday, January 28, 2013 to Saturday, April 13, 2013
Politics, Piety, and Poison: French Pamphlets, 1600–1800

This exhibition displays French pamphlets published during the transitional period from the Ancien Régime to the French Revolution. They served as modes of dissemination and diversion, teaching tools and educational models, and the foundation for current and future scholarly projects.

Thursday, September 6, 2012 to Monday, December 31, 2012
The Newberry 125 Exhibition

The Newberry celebrates its quasquicentennial with a can’t-miss exhibition of 125 of the millions of books, maps, manuscript pages, drawings, and photographs in its collection.

Friday, March 30, 2012 to Saturday, July 7, 2012
Collecting America : How a Friendship Enriched Our Understanding of American Culture

When Chicago steel magnate Everett D. Graff walked into Wright Howes’ bookshop on Michigan Avenue in the 1920s he sparked one of the most important friendships in the book world. Their four-decade partnership, which included cross-country road trips in search of books, manuscripts, and maps, resulted in a world-class American history collection, which Graff donated to the Newberry in 1964.

Monday, March 12, 2012 to Friday, June 8, 2012
Exploration 2012: The 26th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective

The Chicago Calligraphy Collective was founded in 1976 to promote the study, practice, and appreciation of calligraphy in all its historical and present-day applications.

Thursday, January 5, 2012 to Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Border Troubles in the War of 1812

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.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 to Saturday, December 31, 2011
Center for American Indian Studies Programs
Indians of the Midwest: An Archive of Endurance

This exhibition, curated by Dr. Scott Stevens, Director of the McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, features a wide variety of historically and culturally significant items from the Newberry’s world-renowned collection.

Saturday, August 13, 2011 to Saturday, October 29, 2011
Ballistics and Politics: Military Architecture Books at the Newberry

This exhibition highlights the ways in which architectural books were developed from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries to display the military and political power of European rulers and states. Drawing on a collection first assembled in the 1950s and continually enriched with new acquisitions, it also explains how books on military architecture are used by scholars today.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 to Saturday, March 12, 2011
French Canadians in the Midwest

See also the online component of French Canadians in the Midwest.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 to Thursday, July 15, 2010
Henry IV of France: The Vert Galant and His Reign
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 to Saturday, May 1, 2010
The Play's the Thing: 400 Years of Shakespeare on Stage
Saturday, October 10, 2009 to Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Honest Abe of the West
Saturday, October 10, 2009 to Saturday, December 19, 2009
With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition

A Library of Congress traveling exhibition

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 to Saturday, September 12, 2009
1859: Much More than the Origin
Monday, June 1, 2009 to Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Daniel Burnham in the Philippines
Saturday, April 11, 2009 to Saturday, May 30, 2009
Seen and Heard: National Student Expression Contest and Exhibition

A McCormick Foundation exhibition

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 to Friday, May 22, 2009
Book Crimes
Thursday, February 19, 2009 to Saturday, March 21, 2009
Hidden then Found: Women's Stories from the Manuscript Collections
Monday, February 9, 2009 to Friday, April 17, 2009

An exhibition by Pamela Paulsrud and the late Marilyn Sward

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 to Monday, February 16, 2009
Pomp and Circumstance: A Look at Presidential Inaugurations
Tuesday, October 7, 2008 to Saturday, December 6, 2008
All the World's a Stage: Hope Abelson's Life in Theatre
Saturday, September 27, 2008 to Saturday, January 17, 2009
Artifacts of Childhood: 700 Years of Children’s Books at the Newberry Library
Thursday, August 14, 2008 to Saturday, September 27, 2008
Across Time and Place: Jewish Genealogy at the Newberry Library
Saturday, March 15, 2008 to Saturday, May 3, 2008
Recent Acquisitions at the Newberry Library
Saturday, November 3, 2007 to Saturday, February 16, 2008
Center for the History of Cartography Programs
Mapping Manifest Destiny: Chicago and the American West
Saturday, November 3, 2007 to Saturday, February 16, 2008
Ptolemy’s Geography and Renaissance Mapmakers
Friday, June 8, 2007 to Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Ballyhoo! A Peek Under the Big Top
Saturday, May 5, 2007 to Saturday, June 2, 2007
George Bernard Shaw: Master of All Trades
Friday, March 16, 2007 to Saturday, April 28, 2007
Type for the Tower of Babel
Tuesday, February 13, 2007 to Saturday, March 10, 2007
Revolutionary France and Haiti, 1787-1804
Monday, November 20, 2006 to Saturday, January 13, 2007
The Re-Construction of Mexico-Tenochtitlán

A McKinley Park Elementary School Project

Monday, October 16, 2006 to Sunday, November 12, 2006
Aftermath: Inside the Forbidden City: Photographs by Joel Meyerowitz

A traveling exhibition

Thursday, September 28, 2006 to Saturday, January 13, 2007
The Aztecs and the Making of Colonial Mexico

See also the online component of The Aztecs and the Making of Colonial Mexico.

Thursday, September 7, 2006 to Saturday, October 7, 2006
Shootout at the OK Corral
Tuesday, June 6, 2006 to Saturday, July 15, 2006
They Passed This Way: Documenting Immigration and Internal Migration
Wednesday, May 17, 2006 to Saturday, July 15, 2006
Closed and Open: Antonia Contro
Saturday, May 13, 2006 to Saturday, June 3, 2006
One Hundred Years of The Jungle
Wednesday, March 15, 2006 to Saturday, April 29, 2006
Mine, Yours, and Ours: Intellectual Property through the Ages
Monday, January 23, 2006 to Saturday, March 11, 2006
Cervantes and Don Quixote: 1605-2006
Tuesday, November 22, 2005 to Saturday, January 14, 2006
Saturday, November 12, 2005 to Monday, November 21, 2005
Catherine Eddy Beveridge and the World of Prairie Avenue
Wednesday, September 28, 2005 to Saturday, January 14, 2006
Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country

See also the online component of Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country.

Monday, July 4, 2005 to Saturday, July 16, 2005
The Many Faces of Marie Antoinette
Saturday, April 23, 2005 to Saturday, May 28, 2005
Science at the Newberry
Saturday, April 16, 2005 to Saturday, July 16, 2005
Disbound and Dispersed: The Leaf Book Considered
Saturday, March 19, 2005 to Saturday, April 16, 2005
Dwarfs, Giants, Gods, and Valykries! Wagner’s Ring in the 1800s
Wednesday, February 2, 2005 to Saturday, March 26, 2005
The Press at Colorado College: The Pressroom as Classroom
Saturday, January 29, 2005 to Saturday, March 12, 2005
African American History at the Newberry
Monday, November 29, 2004 to Saturday, January 22, 2005
The Klaus Stopp Collection: Birth and Baptismal Certificates of the German Americans
Saturday, October 23, 2004 to Saturday, November 20, 2004
Picking a President
Friday, October 1, 2004 to Saturday, January 15, 2005
Outspoken: Chicago’s Free Speech Tradition

See also the online component of Outspoken: Chicago’s Free Speech Tradition.

Saturday, September 11, 2004 to Monday, October 18, 2004
The Imperial Map: Cartography and the Mastery of Empire
Saturday, June 12, 2004 to Thursday, June 17, 2004
Bloomsday 2004: A James Joyce Centennial
Monday, May 3, 2004 to Saturday, June 5, 2004
Growth in Turbulence: Chicago in the Twenties
Saturday, April 17, 2004 to Saturday, July 17, 2004
Ni’iihi: In a Good Way: Photographs of Wind River Arapaho, 1976-1996

A traveling exhibition from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming.

Sunday, April 4, 2004 to Monday, April 26, 2004
Hoosier Humorists
Saturday, October 25, 2003 to Saturday, November 15, 2003
American Indian Center Powwow
Tuesday, September 30, 2003 to Saturday, January 17, 2004
Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend

See also the online component of Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend.

Saturday, September 20, 2003 to Wednesday, October 15, 2003
Rome and the Papacy: Recent Acquisitions
Wednesday, July 2, 2003 to Saturday, July 12, 2003
Patriotism and Dissent
Saturday, May 3, 2003 to Monday, July 7, 2003
From Mesopotamia to Iraq
Wednesday, April 9, 2003 to Saturday, July 12, 2003
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Beyond Sherlock Holmes
Friday, March 7, 2003 to Saturday, March 29, 2003
Napoleon at the Newberry
Friday, February 7, 2003 to Saturday, March 1, 2003
W.E.B. Du Bois and The Souls of Black Folk: A Centennial
Saturday, December 14, 2002 to Tuesday, December 31, 2002
Exploring Early Victorian Christmas at the Newberry
Friday, November 29, 2002 to Saturday, December 7, 2002
Exploring the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing
Thursday, November 7, 2002 to Sunday, November 17, 2002
Exploring American Indian History at the Newberry Library
Wednesday, October 23, 2002 to Saturday, November 2, 2002
Exploring Magic at the Newberry Library
Saturday, October 5, 2002 to Saturday, October 19, 2002
Exploring Aztec Manuscripts at the Newberry Library
Saturday, September 14, 2002 to Monday, September 30, 2002
Exploring Chicago Waterways at the Newberry Library
Saturday, August 24, 2002 to Saturday, September 7, 2002
Exploring Labor History at the Newberry Library
Saturday, April 13, 2002 to Saturday, July 13, 2002
American Indian Portraits: Elbridge Ayer Burbank in the West (1897-1910)
Wednesday, October 10, 2001 to Saturday, January 19, 2002
Cartographic Treasures of the Newberry Library
Saturday, October 7, 2000 to Saturday, January 13, 2001
To the Ends of the Earth
Monday, April 24, 2000 to Saturday, July 15, 2000
Florentine Humanism and the Church Fathers
Tuesday, October 5, 1999 to Saturday, January 8, 2000
Signs of Judaism in Portugal
Monday, March 15, 1999 to Tuesday, June 15, 1999
Recent Acquisitions: The Joy of Collecting
Tuesday, December 15, 1998 to Monday, March 15, 1999
Alphabet Books
Saturday, October 3, 1998 to Saturday, January 9, 1999
1848: Chicago’s Turning Point
Sunday, March 15, 1998 to Monday, June 15, 1998
Living Treasures of the Newberry Library
Wednesday, December 10, 1997 to Saturday, March 14, 1998
From Forest to Park: America’s Heritage of Trees
Monday, September 15, 1997 to Monday, December 15, 1997
Image and Mind of Bach
Friday, May 16, 1997 to Wednesday, July 16, 1997
Hebrew Renaissance
Saturday, February 1, 1997 to Saturday, March 29, 1997
Theatre of the World: The Golden Age of the Atlas in the Low Countries
Saturday, September 14, 1996 to Saturday, December 14, 1996
Paper Trails: Maps, Highways, and the American Journeys into the Twentieth Century
Friday, March 22, 1996 to Saturday, June 22, 1996
Mexico Illustrado/Mexico Illustrated
Wednesday, March 22, 1995 to Thursday, June 22, 1995
Personal Treasures: The Caxton Club Centennial
Friday, August 26, 1994 to Saturday, January 7, 1995
The Frontier in American Culture