Filling out individual call slips, by hand, in order to request materials from the Newberry’s collection will soon be a thing of the past. Newberry readers, after creating an account through a software program called Aeon, will be able to reserve collection items with a simple click of the mouse. The new system is expected to go live in May of 2015.
The collections contain extensive materials on the history of Chicago and the Midwest, including its growth, politics, and eclectic inhabitants.
The Newberry has deep collections reflecting the breadth of American history and culture through World War One.
The Newberry houses an extraordinary collection of over 500,000 maps and sources relating to the history and culture of travel.
The Newberry collection for religion focuses on sources from Europe and the Americas, from the late Middle Ages through the early 20th century.
From the Stacks
Magazine editor and art critic Gleeson White was already experiencing holiday-card fatigue by the end of the nineteenth century. He estimated that at least 200,000 Christmas-card designs had been published in England alone at that time. “How many thousand patterns have passed under my eye,” he sighed in the introduction to his pamphlet Christmas Cards and Their Chief Designers, “I dare not estimate.”
While many think of Thanksgiving Day as a timeless American tradition, it did not become the federal holiday celebrated on a late November Thursday until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War. The Newberry's Graff Collection includes the printed menu for the Thanksgiving Day meal served seven years later, on November 24, 1870, at Chicago's Everett House hotel, located at the corner of Clark and Van Buren streets.