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.
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 a rich collection of manuscripts ranging from medieval Books of Hours to twentieth-century scrapbooks and letters.
The Newberry has deep collections reflecting the breadth of American history and culture through World War One.
The Newberry houses an extraordinary collection of over 500,000 maps and sources relating to the history and culture of travel.
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.