Ephemeral by Design: Organizing the Everyday
Cartouche from A Map of the British and French Dominions in North America, John Mitchell. 1755.
Manning, Planting, Keeping: English Colonization...
Robert's Paintings, a 2011 film by Mohawk filmmaker Shelley Niro, documents artist Robert Houle's rejection of cultural assimilation and affirmation of his Indigenous ancestry through painting.
Native Women in Film
Goodbye, Call Slips
Ephemeral by Design: Organizing the Everyday
Friday 4/10 to Friday 7/3

Ephemera are traces of the everyday—materials, usually printed, designed to be read or consumed in some way and then discarded. From bus tickets to party invitations, dance cards to advertisements, these items form the texture of social and commercial exchange.

Cartouche from A Map of the British and French Dominions in North America, John Mitchell. 1755.
Cartouche from A Map of the British and French Dominions in North America, John Mitchell. 1755.
Manning, Planting, Keeping: English Colonization and the Origins of Modern America, 1580-1865
Thursday 5/7

From the colony at Jamestown to John Winthrop’s “City on a Hill,” the story of America’s founding is one of migrants and migrations, of colonizers and the colonized, of households and servitude and slavery, and of the freedom all craved and some found. It is a story steeped in the promise of opportunity and independence—ideals that have formed the bedrock of American society—but it is also a story of survival and hard work.

Robert's Paintings, a 2011 film by Mohawk filmmaker Shelley Niro, documents artist Robert Houle's rejection of cultural assimilation and affirmation of his Indigenous ancestry through painting.
Robert's Paintings, a 2011 film by Mohawk filmmaker Shelley Niro, documents artist Robert Houle's rejection of cultural assimilation and affirmation of his Indigenous ancestry through painting.
Native Women in Film : A Conversation with Mohawk Filmmaker Shelley Niro
Thursday 5/7

Cosponsored by the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies and the First Nations Film and Video Festival, this exciting program will focus on the roles of Native women in contemporary film and media.

Goodbye, Call Slips

Filling out individual call slips, by hand, in order to request materials from the Newberry’s collection will soon be a thing of the past. Starting May 1, Newberry readers will be able to reserve collection items with a simple click of the mouse.

Core Collections

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.

Gaylord Watson, Chicago Fire Map. 1871.

Chicago and the Midwest

The collections contain extensive materials on the history of Chicago and the Midwest, including its growth, politics, and eclectic inhabitants.

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.

Marbling on binding by Norma Rubovits.

History of the Book

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

Full Dance Card

Des Arts Studio

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.

Marital Power

Elizabeth Packard

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.