To My Sweetheart Wife Valentine; Newberry Case Wing folio NC1866.V3 B5
Make Love on Paper
A Burlington Zephyr in a station in Philadelphia. 1934. CB&Q A-5-3 Box 79, Folder 3824.
Three-Year Project to Archive CB&Q Railroad...
The James Francis Driscoll Collection of American Sheet Music is well represented in the Love on Paper exhibition.
Love on Paper
The Dream of a Democratic Culture
The Dream of a Democratic Culture: Mortimer J....
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.

A Burlington Zephyr in a station in Philadelphia. 1934. CB&Q A-5-3 Box 79, Folder 3824.
A Burlington Zephyr in a station in Philadelphia. 1934. CB&Q A-5-3 Box 79, Folder 3824.
Three-Year Project to Archive CB&Q Railroad Collection Pulls into Station

The CB&Q records at the Newberry measure over 2,300 linear feet, and include correspondence, reports, maps, blueprints, financial documents, advertising materials, photographs, and other items documenting the history of the railroad company. Accessible through standard archival web-based inventories and catalog records, the collection is now also illuminated by a subject web gallery: CB&Q: Building an Empire.

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.

The Dream of a Democratic Culture
The Dream of a Democratic Culture
The Dream of a Democratic Culture: Mortimer J. Adler and the Great Books Idea : A Meet the Author Program
Tuesday 1/27

From the mid-twentieth century to today, the Great Books idea has inspired impassioned support and fiery opposition. It has been embraced as the distillation of the best of Western thought, dismissed as elitist and idealistic, and lamented as a cynical commodification of culture.

Core Collections

Septentrionalium Terrarum descriptio.

Maps, Travel, and Exploration

The Newberry houses an extraordinary collection of over 500,000 maps and sources relating to the history and culture of travel.

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.

Klaus Stopp, Printed birth and baptismal certificates.

Religion

The Newberry collection for religion focuses on sources from Europe and the Americas, from the late Middle Ages through the early 20th century.

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.”