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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,...
January 2, 2018
The new year has ushered in a new chapter for the Newberry: the beginning of a first-floor renovation to provide visitors with more opportunities to interact with collections and staff, right after entering the library! At the end of the six-month project, the Newberry will welcome visitors into a more welcoming environment that will include an information and welcome center, a climate-controlled seminar room, an expanded bookstore, and galleries for both temporary and permanent exhibitions....
January 9, 2018
Today, you can see trends on Twitter at a glance and get immediate insights into the public discourse surrounding current events. But how can we learn about trending topics and public opinion in centuries past? The recipients of the Newberry’s Open Data Grant intend to find out. The Open Data Grant helps support innovative scholarship that applies technologies such as digital mapping, text mining, and data visualization to digitized primary sources. Joseph Harder, a chemist and data...
December 6, 2017
Building on the success of its previous crowdsourced transcription projects, Transcribing Faith and The Civil War in Letters, the Newberry has launched a new website, Transcribing Modern Manuscripts, that asks users for help deciphering more than 30,000 pages of handwritten letters, diaries, and other documents chronicling the lives of ordinary Americans throughout the 19th century. As transcribers convert the handwritten text into digitally searchable documents, they...
October 2, 2017
The Newberry is pleased to welcome Dr. Julie Pelletier as Acting Director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies. Dr. Pelletier’s appointment begins October 2, 2017, and continues through August 15, 2018. The McNickle Center’s current director, Dr. Patricia Marroquin Norby, is on leave to complete her book, entitled Water, Bones, and Bombs: Three Artists and the Fight for Northern New Mexico, under contract with the University of...
September 14, 2017
Coinciding with the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, Religious Change and Print, 1450-1700 explores the period’s fierce debates over religion as well as how early adopters of print used the medium to extend the Roman Catholic Church’s influence—or bypass it altogether. As battles for individuals’ souls played out across Europe and the Americas, the need to connect with audiences inspired innovations in writing, printing, and publishing. “This exhibition emphasizes the...

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