"Untitled," by Karen Ness
Exploration 2015
Goodbye, Call Slips
A Newberry conservator works on a manuscript copy of the Popol Vuh.
Preserving the Evidence: The Ethics of Book and...
Ephemeral by Design: Organizing the Everyday
"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.

Goodbye, Call Slips

Filling out individual call slips, by hand, in order to request materials from the Newberry’s collection will soon be a thing of the past. Starting May 1, Newberry readers will be able to reserve collection items with a simple click of the mouse.

A Newberry conservator works on a manuscript copy of the Popol Vuh.
A Newberry conservator works on a manuscript copy of the Popol Vuh.
Preserving the Evidence: The Ethics of Book and Paper Conservation : The 2015 Symposium on the Book
Saturday 4/18

Experts in the book world address a broad range of ethical issues that confront collectors of books, manuscripts, maps, and other works on paper or parchment. Speakers will also outline the challenges of preserving the evidence of our past, sometimes in the face of the conflicting interests of buyers, sellers, scholarly and other readers, binders, curators, and conservators.

Ephemeral by Design: Organizing the Everyday
Friday 4/10 to Friday 7/3

Ephemera are traces of the everyday—materials, usually printed, designed to be read or consumed in some way and then discarded. From bus tickets to party invitations, dance cards to advertisements, these items form the texture of social and commercial exchange.

Core Collections

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.

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.

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.

Manuel Rodriguez. Compendio Geografico, c. 1768.

Genealogy and Local History

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

From the Stacks

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.

Marital Power

Elizabeth Packard

On June 18th, 1860, Elizabeth Packard was taken from her home in Manteno, Illinois, and placed in an asylum—without trial or a thorough assembly of evidence to support her institutionalization. Packard’s husband was a devout Calvinist who felt threatened by his wife’s outspoken opposition to his religious views. To silence his wife and protect his reputation, he arranged for Elizabeth’s confinement, which lasted three years.