The Newberry - Chicago's Independent Research Library Since 1887
  • Now on View

    Rumors of the demise of handwriting were (and are) greatly exaggerated. Over the past 500 years, handwriting hasn’t disappeared; it’s evolved. Displaying a range of books and manuscripts from the Newberry’s collection, A Show of Hands focuses on the people, cultures, and technology that have contributed to a re-imagining of the handwritten word.

  • Source Material

    Classroom technology has evolved since the early modern era in Europe. Students used to learn to read using hornbooks. Hornbooks were wooden boards or paddles covered with a protective screen made from animal horns. That’s right, actual animal horns.