The Newberry - Chicago's Independent Research Library Since 1887
  • Registration for the Summer Term of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminar Program is now open! Each term, seminar instructors facilitate lively classroom debate and discussion in a variety of subjects, from literature and theater to philosophy and religion.

  • From the Stacks

    In a classical dance world dominated by tradition, pioneering dancer and choreographer Ruth Page sought to develop something new: an American ballet. The result was The Flapper and the Quarterback, which, after its premiere in December 1926, was hailed by one reviewer as “American as ice-water, toothpicks and slang.”

  • Exploration 2016, the Chicago Calligraphy Collective’s 30th juried exhibition, is now open in the Newberry’s R.R. Donnelley Gallery through June 24. An accompanying exhibition of recent calligraphic acquisitions made by the Newberry, Calligraphy Is Always News, is on display on the opposite side of the lobby, in the Smith Gallery, through July 1.

  • From the Stacks

    By the 1830s, American and British readers began to purchase books in a radical new form that today we take for granted: a publishers’ binding. As literacy rates rose during the first half of the nineteenth century, publishers turned to cloth bindings (some featuring complex patterns of color, gilt, and stamping) as a cost-effective means of capturing readers’ attention.