A postcard showing the view down Madison Street, "A cute little man of Chi-ca-go" limerick, and "Good for One Dance, Benton & Son" dance card.
Chicago Ephemera: Mementos of a Disappearing City
Newberry Goes Live with Aeon
"Untitled," by Karen Ness
Exploration 2015
Alice D. Schreyer
The Newberry Appoints Vice President for...
A postcard showing the view down Madison Street, "A cute little man of Chi-ca-go" limerick, and "Good for One Dance, Benton & Son" dance card.
A postcard showing the view down Madison Street, "A cute little man of Chi-ca-go" limerick, and "Good for One Dance, Benton & Son" dance card.
Chicago Ephemera: Mementos of a Disappearing City : An Exhibition Curators' Talk
Thursday 6/4

In this illustrated talk, the curatorial team behind the Newberry’s current exhibition Ephemeral by Design: Organizing the Everyday will demonstrate how printed ephemera allow us to study, document, or just imagine the Chicago we have lost to “progress.”

Newberry Goes Live with Aeon

Newberry readers can now request collection items with the click of a mouse. After creating an account through Aeon, a web-based circulation system that can be accessed at requests.newberry.org, readers will be able to search for materials and submit requests for them seamlessly. This means no more filling out call slips.

"Untitled," by Karen Ness
"Untitled," by Karen Ness
Exploration 2015 : The 29th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective
Monday 3/16 to Friday 6/12

The Chicago Calligraphy Collective was founded in 1976 to promote the study, practice, and appreciation of calligraphy in all its historical and present-day applications. This annual juried exhibition of members’ work includes handmade artists’ books and broadsides alongside three-dimensional works executed in various media and styles, from classical to contemporary.

Alice D. Schreyer
Alice D. Schreyer
The Newberry Appoints Vice President for Collections and Library Services

The Newberry Library has announced the appointment of Alice D. Schreyer to the position of Roger and Julie Baskes Vice President for Collections and Library Services. As Baskes Vice President, Dr. Schreyer will oversee the various departments within the Newberry’s Library Services Division, including Collection Services, Conservation, Reader Services, Maps and Modern Manuscripts, and Digital Initiatives and Services, as well as the Collection Development Department.

Core Collections

Marbling on binding by Norma Rubovits.

History of the Book

The Newberry’s collection on the history of printing and the book arts is one of the world’s leading collections in its field.      

Music

The Newberry collects on western European music to the early twentieth century, American music to the mid-twentieth, and on musical life in Chicago.

Septentrionalium Terrarum descriptio.

Maps, Travel, and Exploration

The Newberry houses an extraordinary collection of over 500,000 maps and sources relating to the history and culture of travel.

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.

From the Stacks

Infernal Imagery

Dante Alighieri

Nearly two hundred years after its original publication, Dante’s Divine Comedy was republished in 1502 with Italian Renaissance flair. Unlike many other editions of Divine Comedy, this one does not rely on a multitude of illustrations to depict the agonizing pain that Dante discovers during his travels through the different circles of hell.

Full Dance Card

Des Arts Studio

Dance cards, known as programmes du bal in French or Tanz-karten in German, are small booklets used mainly by women at formal dances to record their dance partners. Popularized in Vienna in the nineteenth century, dance cards continued to be used throughout the early twentieth century.