[Roman alphabet capital letters], VAULT Wing folio ZP 5381 .22, Newberry Library
Brief History of a Type Face: From Venice in 1470...
CB&Q Duplicates Available in the Newberry...
"Joan of Arc Saved France" poster. Case Wing oversize D522.25 .W67 1914 no. 1
Chicago, Europe, and the Great War
Neil Steinberg
Conversations at the Newberry: Neil Steinberg and...
[Roman alphabet capital letters], VAULT Wing folio ZP 5381 .22, Newberry Library
[Roman alphabet capital letters], VAULT Wing folio ZP 5381 .22, Newberry Library
Brief History of a Type Face: From Venice in 1470 to Our Own Time : An Italian Cultural Institute / Italian Language Week Lecture
Wednesday 10/22

The design of type in the twentieth century was largely a matter of historical revivals or revolts against historical models, so it raises all kinds of historiographical issues as well as aesthetic ones. In this talk, Paul F.

CB&Q Duplicates Available in the Newberry Bookstore

The Department of Maps & Modern Manuscript’s recent cataloging of previously unprocessed materials in the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad archives yielded duplicate items that have been deaccessioned from the Newberry’s collection.

"Joan of Arc Saved France" poster. Case Wing oversize D522.25 .W67 1914 no. 1
"Joan of Arc Saved France" poster. Case Wing oversize D522.25 .W67 1914 no. 1
Chicago, Europe, and the Great War
Wednesday 9/17 to Saturday 1/3

The Newberry is marking the centennial of the start of World War I with two linked exhibitions and a series of related public programs.

Neil Steinberg
Neil Steinberg
Conversations at the Newberry: Neil Steinberg and Thomas Dyja Discuss Chicago as the Second City
Tuesday 9/30

Responding to a canon of criticism of Chicago that dates back at least to the mid-twentieth century (and a recent contribution to which came from Rachel Shteir in the New York Times), writers Thomas Dyja and Neil Steinberg will debate Chicago as the Second City and its place in American history and culture.

Core Collections

Gaylord Watson, Chicago Fire Map. 1871.

Chicago and the Midwest

The collections contain extensive materials on the history of Chicago and the Midwest, including its growth, politics, and eclectic inhabitants.

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.

American Indian and Indigenous Studies

As a collection of Americana, the Edward E. Ayer Collection is one of the best in the country and one of the strongest collections on American Indians.

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.      

From the Stacks

The Map Thief Map

Ralph Hall

Tucked away in a humble, notebook-sized folder, this 1635 map of Virginia—by Ralph Hall, working from a copy of John Smith’s 1612 map of the region—might seem unremarkable. Its life at the Newberry, though, has been anything but ordinary.

Over There—Not So Different from Over Here

The Great War marked a pivotal shift in the lives of African Americans. As American industry ramped up to meet wartime demands and droves of young people joined the U.S. military, new economic opportunities drew hundreds of thousands of African Americans from the South to industrial centers in the North. Between 1916 and 1920, during what became known as the Great Migration, 50,000 black southerners relocated to Chicago, where they accounted for 20 percent of the wartime meat-packing labor force (to take just one example).