As part of our 125th anniversary, the Newberry has published a book highlighting 125 outstanding items: The Newberry 125, Stories of Our Collection. Each item is afforded a one- or two-page spread that includes stunning high-resolution photographs and an essay documenting historical significance, surprising statistics, and amusing tidbits.
The 125 essays accompanying beautiful visual renderings come from Newberry curators, librarians, and outside researchers who have relied on the collection in some way while pursuing their work. The essays are brief but informative about the cultural heritage the Newberry preserves. A cultural heritage that includes one of the first printed editions of Ptolemy’s Geographia, a spectacular German-American baptismal certificate, the first Bible printed in America—in Algonquian, not English—and a manuscript score written by Mozart when he was nine.
Publication of The Newberry 125, Stories of Our Collection was made possible by the generous support of Richard and Mary L. Gray. It is available for the price of $45 in the A.C. McClurg Bookstore, located in the Newberry’s lobby.