The Newberry has actively engaged in print publication to support scholarship and pedagogy in the humanities throughout its history, participating in the creation of reference works, scholarly editions, and curated exhibitions.
Selected Recent Publications
The Newberry 125, Stories of our Collection. Introduction by David Spadafora. Chicago: The Newberry Library, 2012. Distributed by the University of Chicago Press. This book, based on the exhibit showcased in the Newberry gallery, features 125 unique items from the Newberry’s vast collection. Written and designed by the Newberry staff, it is composed of original scholarly contributions and striking images of the collection items. It is available for purchase in the Newberry’s bookstore.
Sayre, Gordon M., translator and editor, and Carla Zecher, editor. The Memoir of Lieutenant Dumont, 1715-1747: A Sojourner in the French Atlantic. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press; Williamsburg, VA: Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2012. Supported by a Collaborative Research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Chicago to Lake Geneva, A 100-Year Road Trip: Retracing the Route of H. Sargent Michaels’ 1905 Photographic Guide for Motorists. Introduction by Robert W. Karrow Jr. New photographs by Wilbert Stroeve and James R. Akerman. Chicago: Newberry Library, 2008. Distributed by the University of Chicago. This book reproduces a 1905 guide used to navigate from Chicago to Lake Geneva and Beloit, with photos of the same scenes a century later.
Dumont de Montigny, Regards sur le monde atlantique. Ed. Carla Zecher, Gordon M. Sayre, and Shannon Dawdy. Québec: Les Éditions du Septentrion, 2008. Supported by a Scholarly Editions grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Mapping Manifest Destiny: Chicago and the American West. Michael P. Conzen and Diane Dillon. Chicago: Newberry Library, 2007. Distributed by the University of Chicago. The catalog from the 2007 exhibition charts the role historical maps have played in imagining, understanding, promoting, and exploiting the Western frontier of North America.
Encyclopedia of Chicago. Edited by James R. Grossman, Ann Durkin Keating, and Janice L. Reiff. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004. 1,152 pages. This publications includes a 56 p. color insert, 475 halftones, 442 maps, and 10 tables. For more information: The University of Chicago Press.
Maps: Finding our Place in the World. Ed. James R. Akerman and Robert W. Karrow. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007. A companion volume to the most ambitious exhibition on the history of maps ever mounted in North America, a collaboration between the Field Museum and the Newberry.
Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend. Clark Hulse. University of Illinois Press, 2003. Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of Elizabeth I’s reign, this history tells the story of her life, reign, and legend with full-color reproductions of artifacts that were on display during the exhibition.
Disbound and Dispersed: The Leaf Book Considered. Christopher de Hamel and Joel Silver. Chicago: The Caxton Club, 2005. Distributed by Oak Knoll Press. This is the first in-depth examination of a bibliophilic phenomenon that began in the early nineteenth century and continues today. A leaf book is a book that contains an original leaf from an imperfect copy of an historic book bound with an essay about the significance of the historic book.
The Frontier in American Culture. Richard White and Patricia Nelson Limerick. Edited by James R. Grossman. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1994. Two leading western historians explore the American preoccupation with the frontier for more than a century, in popular culture as well as in scholarly writing.
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