One Book, 17 Designs
The Bard Is Born
Peace-Prize Winners, Polkas, Poetry, and More
Ruth Page and Harald Kreutzberg, c. 1934
The Newberry to be Honored by Ruth Page Center...
One Book, 17 Designs

In 1998, Julia Miller began the monumental task of sifting through notes and observations made during her 30-year career as an archivist and book conservator, then sat down to write. The resultant Books Will Speak Plain (The Legacy Press 2010) is a 500-page handbook aimed at conservators, collectors, librarians, and book lovers, for the identification and description of book structures and styles.

The Bard Is Born

To mark The Bard’s birthday—April 23—and celebrate his work, the Newberry has partnered with Chicago Shakespeare Theater and The Shakespeare Project of Chicago to host a small but spectacular exhibition featuring more than 40 items from the three institutions. “The Bard Is Born” will be open April 22 through June 21.

Peace-Prize Winners, Polkas, Poetry, and More

The Newberry is thrilled to celebrate its 30th year of Book Fair, one of the largest used-book sales in the country. Already numbering 80,000, this year’s collection features books autographed by President Obama, Desmond Tutu, and Albert Schweitzer—all Nobel Peace Prize winners; about 300 Polka albums; Civil-War-era Harper’s magazines; and a large offering of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French literature—in French.

Ruth Page and Harald Kreutzberg, c. 1934
Ruth Page and Harald Kreutzberg, c. 1934
The Newberry to be Honored by Ruth Page Center for the Arts

The Newberry is honored to be this year’s recipient of The Ruth Page Center for the Arts Distinguished Service Award.

Core Collections

"Chut Pas de Bruit." 1912. Driscoll Box 349


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

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.

E. A. Burbank, Pahl-Lee, Moqui. Keams Canyon, AZ, 1898.

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

Consort to Use Choirbooks for May Concert

One of the Newberry’s great music treasures is a set of manuscript choirbooks that were created for the use of the nuns in the former convent of the Encarnación in Mexico City, which was founded in the Renaissance and dissolved in the mid-nineteenth century. The books were donated to the Newberry in 1899 by Charles Hutchinson, then-president of the Art Institute of Chicago, upon his return from a trip to Mexico. For more than seven decades, the church or monastery in which the books had been used remained unknown.

Think Spring

American Tobacco Company

The T206 series of baseball cards, known informally as the “White Border” set, was enclosed by the American Tobacco Company in cigarette and loose tobacco packs from 1909 to 1911. Each card features a color lithographic portrait of a major- or minor-league player surrounded by a white border. On the versos are advertisements for company brands, including Sweet Caporal, Piedmont, and Sovereign. The cards have long been popular with collectors due to their rarity and the quality of the lithographs.