Mr. Garrick in the Character of Macbeth
Conversations at the Newberry: Barbara Gaines and...
One Book, 17 Designs
The Bard Is Born
Peace-Prize Winners, Polkas, Poetry, and More
Mr. Garrick in the Character of Macbeth
Mr. Garrick in the Character of Macbeth
Conversations at the Newberry: Barbara Gaines and Gail Kern Paster Discuss Shakespeare
Monday 4/21

Celebrate the Bard’s 450th birthday by joining us for our next “Conversation at the Newberry,” when Chicago Shakespeare Theater Founder and Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Gail Kern Paster, director emerita of the Folger Shakespeare Library, discuss Shakespeare as literature, and as performance.

One Book, 17 Designs

In 1998, Julia Miller began the monumental task of sifting through notes and observations made during her 30-year career as an archivist and book conservator, then sat down to write. The resultant Books Will Speak Plain (The Legacy Press 2010) is a 500-page handbook aimed at conservators, collectors, librarians, and book lovers, for the identification and description of book structures and styles.

The Bard Is Born

To mark The Bard’s birthday—April 23—and celebrate his work, the Newberry has partnered with Chicago Shakespeare Theater and The Shakespeare Project of Chicago to host a small but spectacular exhibition featuring more than 40 items from the three institutions. “The Bard Is Born” will be open April 22 through June 21.

Peace-Prize Winners, Polkas, Poetry, and More

The Newberry is thrilled to celebrate its 30th year of Book Fair, one of the largest used-book sales in the country. Already numbering 80,000, this year’s collection features books autographed by President Obama, Desmond Tutu, and Albert Schweitzer—all Nobel Peace Prize winners; about 300 Polka albums; Civil-War-era Harper’s magazines; and a large offering of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French literature—in French.

Core Collections

Visitation, from the Heures de Nostre Dame selonc lusaige de Rome.

Manuscripts and Archives

The Newberry has a rich collection of manuscripts ranging from medieval Books of Hours to twentieth-century scrapbooks and letters.

Gramhart, Allemodisch Stambuch, Newberry Wing ZP 647. R755, f.15r.

Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies

A collection rich in printed and manuscript sources from 1300 to 1800, with strengths in Western Europe and the Americas.

Manuel Rodriguez. Compendio Geografico, c. 1768.

Genealogy and Local History

The Newberry has been actively collecting genealogy and local history materials since 1887.

Klaus Stopp, Printed birth and baptismal certificates.


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

Consort to Use Choirbooks for May Concert

One of the Newberry’s great music treasures is a set of manuscript choirbooks that were created for the use of the nuns in the former convent of the Encarnación in Mexico City, which was founded in the Renaissance and dissolved in the mid-nineteenth century. The books were donated to the Newberry in 1899 by Charles Hutchinson, then-president of the Art Institute of Chicago, upon his return from a trip to Mexico. For more than seven decades, the church or monastery in which the books had been used remained unknown.

Think Spring

American Tobacco Company

The T206 series of baseball cards, known informally as the “White Border” set, was enclosed by the American Tobacco Company in cigarette and loose tobacco packs from 1909 to 1911. Each card features a color lithographic portrait of a major- or minor-league player surrounded by a white border. On the versos are advertisements for company brands, including Sweet Caporal, Piedmont, and Sovereign. The cards have long been popular with collectors due to their rarity and the quality of the lithographs.