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’s collection on the history of printing and the book arts is one of the world’s leading collections in its field.
The Newberry has a rich collection of manuscripts ranging from medieval Books of Hours to twentieth-century scrapbooks and letters.
The Newberry collects on western European music to the early 20th century, American music to the mid-20th, and on musical life in Chicago.
A collection rich in printed and manuscript sources from 1300 to 1800, with strengths in Western Europe and the Americas.
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.