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March 9, 2021
Español The Newberry Library and its partners announce the launch of ¡Viva la Libertad!, an exhibition and series of public programs bringing together scholars, writers, artists, and community members to explore the independence struggles of the Americas and reflect on their legacies today. Looking back on the Age of Revolutions 200 years ago in Latin America and the United States, ¡Viva la Libertad! examines how new countries emerged from colonial rule, who gained...
February 17, 2021
The Newberry Library has acquired the archives of Mister Kelly’s, an iconic 20th-century Chicago nightclub, cultural hub, and launchpad for comedians and singers including Richard Pryor, Barbra Streisand, and many others. Founded in 1953 by George and Oscar Marienthal, Mister Kelly’s became one of Chicago’s best-known jazz and comedy venues, operating until 1975. The club was located just a few blocks from the Newberry, on Rush Street in the spot where Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse sits today...
January 13, 2021
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded the Newberry a grant of $185,000 to expand the library’s digital resources for teachers, students, and lifelong learners. The grant will enable the Newberry to digitize manuscripts of 13 prominent social reformers of twentieth-century Chicago. After being digitized, the materials will be freely accessible online to the public. Among the Newberry collections to be digitized are the papers of defense lawyer Clarence Darrow,...
September 14, 2020
The Newberry is pleased to announce that Blaire Topash-Caldwell has joined the library’s staff as Mellon Public Humanities Fellow. In this role, Topash-Caldwell will contribute to a multiyear project to expand access to the Newberry’s extensive Indigenous Studies collection. Supported by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project will align the Newberry’s institutional policies and actions with Native perspectives, cultural practices, and knowledge systems. Topash-...
September 9, 2020
On Friday, September 4, the Chicago City Council’s Committee on Health and Human Relations heard comments from the public regarding a proposal to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. As home to one of the strongest collections in the world on American Indian and Indigenous Studies as well as the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, the Newberry was invited to submit a letter in response to the proposal. Analú...
August 20, 2020
The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the Newberry and its project partners a $150,000 grant to support a series of nine public programs exploring the connections between the American Revolution and struggles for independence in Latin America. The program series, ¡Vivan las Revoluciones! Forming More Perfect Unions Across the Americas, will provide opportunities for participants to reflect on the complex shared histories of revolutions in the Americas...
August 13, 2020
The Newberry is pleased to begin welcoming visitors back into the library. For months, we’ve been preparing to safely resume some library activities onsite while continuing to offer a range of virtual engagement opportunities online. With the health and safety of our staff and visitors top of mind, we’ve changed some policies and adopted new precautionary measures based on guidelines from public health officials. Learn more in our FAQ for visitors. Reading Rooms The reading rooms will reopen...
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...

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