A postcard showing the view down Madison Street, "A cute little man of Chi-ca-go" limerick, and "Good for One Dance, Benton & Son" dance card.
Chicago Ephemera: Mementos of a Disappearing City
"Untitled," by Karen Ness
Exploration 2015
Alice D. Schreyer
The Newberry Appoints Vice President for...
Newberry Goes Live with Aeon
A postcard showing the view down Madison Street, "A cute little man of Chi-ca-go" limerick, and "Good for One Dance, Benton & Son" dance card.
A postcard showing the view down Madison Street, "A cute little man of Chi-ca-go" limerick, and "Good for One Dance, Benton & Son" dance card.
Chicago Ephemera: Mementos of a Disappearing City : An Exhibition Curators' Talk
Thursday 6/4

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.”

"Untitled," by Karen Ness
"Untitled," by Karen Ness
Exploration 2015 : The 29th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective
Monday 3/16 to Friday 6/12

The Chicago Calligraphy Collective was founded in 1976 to promote the study, practice, and appreciation of calligraphy in all its historical and present-day applications. This annual juried exhibition of members’ work includes handmade artists’ books and broadsides alongside three-dimensional works executed in various media and styles, from classical to contemporary.

Alice D. Schreyer
Alice D. Schreyer
The Newberry Appoints Vice President for Collections and Library Services

The Newberry Library has announced the appointment of Alice D. Schreyer to the position of Roger and Julie Baskes Vice President for Collections and Library Services. As Baskes Vice President, Dr. Schreyer will oversee the various departments within the Newberry’s Library Services Division, including Collection Services, Conservation, Reader Services, Maps and Modern Manuscripts, and Digital Initiatives and Services, as well as the Collection Development Department.

Newberry Goes Live with Aeon

Newberry readers can now request collection items with the click of a mouse. After creating an account through Aeon, a web-based circulation system that can be accessed at requests.newberry.org, readers will be able to search for materials and submit requests for them seamlessly. This means no more filling out call slips.

Core Collections

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.

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.      

Manuel Rodriguez. Compendio Geografico, c. 1768.

Genealogy and Local History

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

Visitation, from the Heures de Nostre Dame selonc lusaige de Rome.

Manuscripts and Archives

The Newberry has a rich collection of manuscripts ranging from medieval Books of Hours to twentieth-century scrapbooks and letters.

From the Stacks

Unearthing "The Earth Child"

Katherine Mansfield

In 1911, Katherine Mansfield sent a number of poems to a London publisher, only a few of which were eventually published. The rest were never published and remained in obscurity until their recent discovery at the Newberry. They represent Mansfield at the height of her poetic powers.

Infernal Imagery

Dante Alighieri

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.