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.”
The Newberry houses an extraordinary collection of over 500,000 maps and sources relating to the history and culture of travel.
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 been actively collecting genealogy and local history materials since 1887.
The Newberry has a rich collection of manuscripts ranging from medieval Books of Hours to twentieth-century scrapbooks and letters.
From the Stacks
In 1911, Katherine Mansfield sent a number of poems to a London publisher, only a few of which were eventually published. The rest were never published and remained in obscurity until their recent discovery at the Newberry. They represent Mansfield at the height of her poetic powers.
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.