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

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 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.

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.

Core Collections

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.

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.

Gramhart, Allemodisch Stambuch, Newberry Wing ZP 647. R755, f.15r.

Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies

A collection rich in printed and manuscript sources from 1300 to 1800, with strengths in Western Europe and the Americas.

Manuel Rodriguez. Compendio Geografico, c. 1768.

Genealogy and Local History

The Newberry has been actively collecting genealogy and local history materials since 1887.

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.”