Beginning in 2016, the Newberry will launch a multi-year schedule of large research projects and affiliated public programming to explore intensively humanities subjects that have both a substantial legacy and an enduring role to play in the future development of human culture. The first five years of this initiative are made possible by a grant of $1.16 million from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Between 1913 and 1941, Percy H. Sloan photographed Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. Directing his lens beyond the downtown bustle, Sloan documented a variety of different neighborhoods and the community spaces supporting them: places of worship, schools, libraries, bakeries. The collection of 500 photographs taken and collected by Sloan provides enormous research value to anyone interested in Chicago history or genealogy.
July 23 - July 26
Chicago’s most colossal used-book extravaganza will consume the Newberry’s entire first floor from Thursday, July 23, through Sunday, July 26. In addition to your favorite prestige and pulp fiction, this year’s sale includes books in some 70 other categories, autographed presidential memoirs, collectible currency, and vintage board games.
Through Friday, July 3
Ephemera are traces of the everyday—materials, usually printed, designed to be read or consumed in some way and then discarded. From bus tickets to party invitations, dance cards to advertisements, these items form the texture of social and commercial exchange.
At the heart of the Newberry is a set of collection strengths that attract a variety of readers and serve as inspiration for our public programs and academic endeavors.