News | Newberry
June 16, 2020
The Newberry Library and a group of tribal and community partners will work together on a multiyear project to expand access to the library’s extensive Indigenous Studies collection. The project will be supported by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Building on its long-standing commitment to serving and partnering with Indigenous scholars, students, and members of the public, the Newberry will collaborate with Native communities to learn more about their needs and...
June 10, 2020
On June 24, the Newberry will implement a new library system, Alma/Primo VE. This system will include a new interface used to access the Newberry online catalog, and will provide improved and expanded search capabilities for digital resources, journal articles, and other information sources. More information and training opportunities will be coming soon; for now, please see the following Frequently Asked Questions. FAQs What is Primo VE? Primo VE is a discovery service that makes it easier and...
June 1, 2020
In 1922, the Chicago Commission on Race Relations published an 822-page report in the wake of the 1919 Race Riots that shook Chicago. The report cataloged the systemic inequities between African Americans and white Chicagoans, including the wide disparities that existed in access to health services, housing, employment, education, and policing. Sadly, the institutionalized racism described in that report from 98 years ago remains today. Chicagoans and Americans in many other cities are facing...
May 10, 2020
As we face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, the Newberry’s community remains active online, finding meaning and comfort in digital collections, virtual programs, and interactive opportunities. Of course, we’re looking forward to safely welcoming the public back into the library, though the Newberry will stay closed until the State of Illinois eases restrictions on gatherings at cultural institutions. I’m writing today with an update on how the Newberry will handle summer programming...
April 14, 2020
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the Newberry $382,500—plus an additional $180,000 in matching grants—to support the library’s long-standing fellowship program. The grant funding enables the Newberry to continue supporting scholars over the next three years as they pursue new research using the library’s diverse collections in the humanities. “The Newberry’s fellowship program lets tremendously talented scholars work intensively with our collections and also...
February 18, 2020
The Newberry Library and the National Council on Public History (NCPH) are pleased to announce that Chicago 1919: Confronting the Race Riots has earned the 2020 Outstanding Public History Project Award. The NCPH presents the award annually to a project “that contributes to a broader public reflection and appreciation of the past or that serves as a model of professional public history practice.” In 2019, the Newberry Library—in partnership with 13 cultural organizations in Chicago—led...
January 14, 2020
Groundbreaking poet and photojournalist Jun Fujita is the focus of a new exhibition presented by the Newberry Library and the Poetry Foundation. A multi-media experience comprising poetry, photographs, personal correspondence, and archival artifacts, Jun Fujita: American Visionary explores the life and career of one of Chicago’s master chroniclers. As the first Japanese American photojournalist, Fujita captured many of the most infamous moments in Chicago history, including the...
January 7, 2020
The Newberry Library has appointed Paul Durica as Director of Exhibitions, effective January 13, 2020. Collaborating with Newberry staff, scholars, and educators, as well as cultural institutions and community organizations in Chicago and beyond, Durica will lead the library’s efforts to mount dynamic exhibitions that enable visitors to engage with the Newberry’s rich collection. “We’re thrilled that Paul Durica will join the Newberry as we revitalize our exhibitions program,” said...
November 20, 2019
Midwest Time Machine, a new website from the Newberry Library, enables users to see the past through first-hand accounts of different figures, from a wealthy socialite in Chicago to a U.S. Army private who was part of the Lewis and Clark expedition. After a user chooses a “character,” they can peel back the layers of that person’s life by reading a sequence of primary sources from the Newberry’s archives. Combining images and interactive maps with letters and diaries transcribed online...
November 8, 2019
Sotheby’s today announced the winners of the 2019 Sotheby’s Prize, which celebrates curatorial excellence and champions the work of innovative institutions who strive to break new ground by exploring overlooked or underrepresented areas of art history. The Newberry is one of four institutions to earn a commendation and prize of $10,000 from Sotheby’s. The prize will support the Newberry’s upcoming exhibition Renaissance Invention: Stradanus’s “Nova Reperta.” Opening April 18, 2020, the...

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