There’s a special affinity between baseball and the writers who cover it. In the 20th century, baseball accounted for some of the most colorful and conscientious sports journalism. How does baseball inspire such representation in the media? Has the quality of baseball writing changed? Two great sports writers, Lester Munson and John Schulian, will step up to the plate to discuss these questions.
A collection rich in printed and manuscript sources from 1300 to 1800, with strengths in Western Europe and the Americas.
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.
The Newberry has been actively collecting genealogy and local history materials since 1887.
The Newberry collects on western European music to the early twentieth century, American music to the mid-twentieth, and on musical life in Chicago.
From the Stacks
Dance cards, known as programmes du bal in French or Tanz-karten in German, are small booklets used mainly by women at formal dances to record their dance partners. Popularized in Vienna in the nineteenth century, dance cards continued to be used throughout the early twentieth century.
On June 18th, 1860, Elizabeth Packard was taken from her home in Manteno, Illinois, and placed in an asylum—without trial or a thorough assembly of evidence to support her institutionalization. Packard’s husband was a devout Calvinist who felt threatened by his wife’s outspoken opposition to his religious views. To silence his wife and protect his reputation, he arranged for Elizabeth’s confinement, which lasted three years.