From the Stacks | Newberry

From the Stacks

From the Stacks presents the Newberry’s collection through a range of representative items, from treasures and showstoppers to aesthetically challenged materials that nevertheless possess enormous research value. These items include printed books, maps, manuscripts, postcards, and other genres, from the later Middle Ages to the present.

Some were beautifully printed and others inexpensively produced; some are pristine and others well worn. Newberry curators have chosen these items to introduce visitors to our core collections, subject areas where we have deep, comprehensive, world-class holdings that are continually growing.

The items in the exhibition gallery’s large glass case will change several times each year, providing an opportunity over time for visitors to learn about the Newberry’s collection by seeing many individual items close up.

Funding for From the Stacks was provided by Joan and William Brodsky.

  • View of the 46-foot-long display case running the length of the From the Stacks exhibit.
  • Native American portraits by E.A. Burbank. From left to right, top to bottom: Pahl-lee (Hopi), Chief Wolf-Robe (Cheyenne), Gi-aum-e Hon-o-me-tah (Kiowa), Chief Red Cloud (Oglala Lakota), Chief American Horse (Northern Cheyenne), Chief Joseph (Nez Perce), Chief Keokuk (Sac and Fox Nation), Geronimo (Chiricahua Apache), Chief Po-ka-gon (Potawatomi), and Chief Pretty Eagle (Crow).
  • 15th-century chained bookbinding
  • Late 18th-century German-American baptismal certificates
  • A selection of items donated to the Newberry after the 2017 Women's March in Chicago