To My Sweetheart Wife Valentine; Newberry Case Wing folio NC1866.V3 B5
Make Love on Paper
The Yalta Conference, 1945.
Between the Second World War and the Cold War:...
The James Francis Driscoll Collection of American Sheet Music is well represented in the Love on Paper exhibition.
Love on Paper
Paul Gehl, Custodian of the Newberry's John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing
Paul Gehl Receives Printing History Award
To My Sweetheart Wife Valentine; Newberry Case Wing folio NC1866.V3 B5
To My Sweetheart Wife Valentine; Newberry Case Wing folio NC1866.V3 B5
Make Love on Paper : An Exhibition Program
Wednesday 2/11

This Valentine-making workshop will provide you with the tools and the inspiration to craft an original card for your beloved. The Newberry’s free exhibition on display, Love on Paper, offers guidance in the form of historical Valentines, cordiform (heart-shaped) maps, and bawdy treatises on love from the Renaissance.

The Yalta Conference, 1945.
The Yalta Conference, 1945. Photograph by Ralph Graham.
Between the Second World War and the Cold War: The Yalta Conference Revisited
Tuesday 2/10

The February 1945 Yalta Conference set the stage for the end of the Second World War and, perhaps, the beginning of what would become the Cold War. Seventy years ago the “Big Three” Allied leaders of the war—Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Josef Stalin—met in the Crimean peninsula for a week of talks.

The James Francis Driscoll Collection of American Sheet Music is well represented in the Love on Paper exhibition.
The James Francis Driscoll Collection of American Sheet Music is well represented in the Love on Paper exhibition.
Love on Paper
Thursday 1/15 to Saturday 4/4

Love comes in all shapes and sizes, spanning the centuries and the globe – especially when expressed on paper. That’s precisely why the Newberry’s Love on Paper displays such an eclectic array of collection items, ranging from proclamations and pictures to cynical put-downs and comical send-ups of love.

Paul Gehl, Custodian of the Newberry's John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing
Paul Gehl, Custodian of the Newberry's John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing
Paul Gehl Receives Printing History Award

On Saturday, January 24, Paul Gehl received the American Printing History Association’s annual APHA Award for contributions to the study of printing and printing history. Much of Gehl’s work in these areas has been accomplished while serving as Custodian of the John M.

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.

American History and Culture

The Newberry has deep collections reflecting the breadth of American history and culture through World War One.

Music

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

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.

From the Stacks

Be My Vinegar Valentine

Valentine’s Day is known as an occasion for exchanging loving sentiments. Whether you send flowers, chocolates, or a handwritten card, these gifts express feelings of adoration for their recipient. But this mode of address has not been immune from more irreverent sensibilities. The Newberry’s newest exhibition, Love on Paper, demonstrates the ways in which the valentine tradition has not always been so saccharine and sweet.

The Art of the Christmas Card

Gleeson White

Magazine editor and art critic Gleeson White was already experiencing holiday-card fatigue by the end of the nineteenth century. He estimated that at least 200,000 Christmas-card designs had been published in England alone at that time. “How many thousand patterns have passed under my eye,” he sighed in the introduction to his pamphlet Christmas Cards and Their Chief Designers, “I dare not estimate.”