In March, 1914, Poetry magazine published Carl Sandburg’s controversial Chicago Poems, including the title ode to Chicago in which he famously coins it “City of the Big Shoulders.”
The Newberry has a rich collection of manuscripts ranging from medieval Books of Hours to twentieth-century scrapbooks and letters.
The collections contain extensive materials on the history of Chicago and the Midwest, including its growth, politics, and eclectic inhabitants.
The Newberry has been actively collecting genealogy and local history materials since 1887.
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
On January 30, 1863, George Deal, a Union Army soldier in Company K of the 20th Ohio Regiment, sent his wife, Sarah, a letter and a valentine (pictured here). Very likely illiterate, Deal dictated his letters to fellow soldiers, some of whom introduce themselves to Sarah in the letters.
“I will send you this valentine just because I thought it was nice,” the letter reads. “I know you will keep it till (sic) I come home if I am so permitted. I would be glad to see you all, even the cat, but I must close as I have told you about all I can think of at this time.”
The Masterpiece Theater production “Downton Abbey,” the fourth season of which premiers in January, has inspired many with a new fascination for England’s great houses. This week’s selection from the stacks, an auction catalog for August 11, 1834, gives insight into the story of one such great house: Lee Priory. The building is particularly remarkable because for 10 years in the early nineteenth century, it housed a private printing press.