A Newberry conservator works on a manuscript copy of the Popol Vuh.
Preserving the Evidence: The Ethics of Book and...
Imperfect Perfect Game: Baseball Writing in...
Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt during the Yalta Conference, February 1945. Photograph by Ralph Graham.
Photos Reveal Candid Moments from Yalta Conference
Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps
A Newberry conservator works on a manuscript copy of the Popol Vuh.
A Newberry conservator works on a manuscript copy of the Popol Vuh.
Preserving the Evidence: The Ethics of Book and Paper Conservation : The 2015 Symposium on the Book
Saturday 4/18

Experts in the book world address a broad range of ethical issues that confront collectors of books, manuscripts, maps, and other works on paper or parchment. Speakers will also outline the challenges of preserving the evidence of our past, sometimes in the face of the conflicting interests of buyers, sellers, scholarly and other readers, binders, curators, and conservators.

Imperfect Perfect Game: Baseball Writing in America : Conversations at the Newberry
Monday 4/13

There’s a special affinity between baseball and the writers who cover it. In the 20th century, baseball accounted for some of the most colorful and conscientious sports journalism. How does baseball inspire such representation in the media? Has the quality of baseball writing changed? Two great sports writers, Lester Munson and John Schulian, will step up to the plate to discuss these questions.

Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt during the Yalta Conference, February 1945. Photograph by Ralph Graham.
Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt during the Yalta Conference, February 1945. Photograph by Ralph Graham.
Photos Reveal Candid Moments from Yalta Conference

The Newberry has acquired a set of artifacts that may shed new light on the Yalta Conference, the diplomatic gathering of Allied leaders who, in the final months of World War II, established the terms for peace and the new boundaries of postwar Europe.

Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps : A Chicago Map Society Program
Thursday 4/16

From dragons and serpents to many-armed beasts that preyed on ships and sailors alike, sea monsters have terrified mariners across all ages and cultures and have become the subject of many tall tales from the sea. No wonder that early cartographers felt the need to depict such creatures on their maps, whether swimming vigorously, gamboling amid the waves, attacking ships, or simply displaying themselves for our appreciation.

Core Collections

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.      

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.

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.

Klaus Stopp, Printed birth and baptismal certificates.

Religion

The Newberry collection for religion focuses on sources from Europe and the Americas, from the late Middle Ages through the early 20th century.

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.