The Newberry is delighted to announce that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the library $526,000 to create a set of online tools to allow users to access, practice transcribing, and annotate French manuscript documents dating from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance.
The Newberry has deep collections reflecting the breadth of American history and culture through World War One.
The Newberry has been actively collecting genealogy and local history materials since 1887.
The Newberry’s collection on the history of printing and the book arts is one of the world’s leading collections in its field.
The Newberry houses an extraordinary collection of over 500,000 maps and sources relating to the history and culture of travel.
From the Stacks
“An obvious flop, Prohibition nonetheless continued to hang on until the onset of the Depression and the election of Franklin Roosevelt,” wrote Chicago Tribune journalist Rick Kogan in an essay for the book Chicago Days. “Its final undoing came at the hands of Utah, which became the 36th state to ratify repeal in the form of the 21st Amendment.”
Passed on December 5, 1933, that amendment contains two short but important sentences:
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared that the third Thursday of November would, for the first time, be a national “day of Thanksgiving and Praise” to honor the “sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” of the Civil War.