News | Newberry
July 17, 2018
Under construction since January, the Newberry’s first floor and lower level will soon re-open to the public, having been transformed as part of a $12.7-million renovation to create a more welcoming, engaging environment for visitors, scholars, and lifelong learners. “Ann Beha Architects and general contractors Bulley and Andrews have done terrific work on this project, and we are eager to share the results of the renovation with the public,” said Newberry President David Spadafora. The...
June 25, 2018
Over 50 scholars will join our community of learning and will spend all or part of the 2018-19 academic year as Newberry Fellows. These fellowships, supported by funding from the Newberry as well as from outside organizations, allow researchers to work in the library’s collections while pursuing a variety of projects in the humanities. “We continue to attract applications for extraordinary research projects that utilize the Newberry’s collections in new and creative ways,” said Brad Hunt, Vice...
June 19, 2018
We are delighted to announce the launch of Digital Newberry: Collections, a new website that presents users with a single interface for discovering, browsing, and exploring the Newberry’s many digital collections. Digital Newberry: Collections provides direct access to more than 1 million digitized items—all of the images currently available within the Newberry’s rapidly expanding digital universe (though a fraction of the library’s complete holdings). The site includes a...
June 18, 2018
Susan Sleeper-Smith, Professor of History at Michigan State University, will serve as Interim Director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library, beginning September 1, 2018, and continuing for a full year. Professor Sleeper-Smith is a distinguished scholar with a long connection to the Newberry. She has twice been awarded long-term fellowships to conduct research in the library’s extensive collections covering Native American history...
June 15, 2018
Alison Hinderliter has been appointed Interim Lloyd Lewis Curator of Modern Manuscripts. In addition to continuing to serve as the Newberry’s Selector for Modern Music, Alison will oversee a range of collections related to dance, music, literature, journalism, business, and a variety of other subjects. Alison succeeds Martha Briggs, who recently retired from the Newberry after 13 years as the head of the Modern Manuscripts Division and 28 years total at the library. Alison first arrived at the...
May 1, 2018
For decades, the Newberry has been a physical destination for the study of early America and the westward expansion of the United States. And it’s increasingly becoming a digital destination as well. Now anyone with an Internet connection can access over 200,000 high-resolution images from a range of primary sources—maps, manuscripts, books, pamphlets, photographs, and artwork—documenting Europeans’ evolving conception of the Americas, early contact between colonial forces and Indigenous...
April 26, 2018
On April 23, 2018, some 200 friends of the Newberry gathered to see the Newberry Library Award for outstanding contributions to the humanities presented to the 14th Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden. In addition to being the first woman and the first African American to serve as Librarian of Congress, Dr. Hayden is only the second professionally trained librarian ever in that post and the first professional librarian to receive the Newberry’s highest honor. Chaired by Chung-Kyun and...
February 26, 2018
The Newberry has announced a major revision to its policy regarding the re-use of collection images: images derived from collection items are now available to anyone for any lawful purpose, whether commercial or non-commercial, without licensing or permission fees to the library. Applying to everything from the pictures researchers take in the library’s reading rooms to the 1.7 million high-resolution Newberry images currently available online, the revised policy is intended to...
February 13, 2018
The Newberry is pleased to announce its First and Foremost campaign, a fundraising initiative that will raise $30 million to fund the renovation of its first floor; support the growth, accessibility, and use of its collection; enhance programming for both scholars and the public; and strengthen the library’s endowment. To date, more than 80% of the campaign funds have been raised through leadership gifts from Newberry Trustees and other notable Chicago individuals and institutions. Of...
February 1, 2018
The Newberry is pleased to announce that the 2018 Newberry Library Award will go to Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, for her outstanding contributions to the humanities and to the field of librarianship. Deeply committed to the spirit of public service that defines her profession, Hayden has consistently strived to expand users’ access to information. In addition, she has been a leader in helping libraries evolve intelligently in the digital age, promoting digital literacy,...

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