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 collection for religion focuses on sources from Europe and the Americas, from the late Middle Ages through the early 20th century.
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 deep collections reflecting the breadth of American history and culture through World War One.
From the Stacks
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.
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.