Blogs at the Newberry

The Newberry has a variety of blogs, which reflect the diversity of our collections and our staff.

Every book has a story
Book Fair Blog
Check in frequently to read the behind-the-scenes scoop on the Newberry's popular Book Fair. The blog is maintained by "Uncle Blogsy," otherwise known as Dan Crawford, Book Fair Manager.
John Scottowe. Letter "I" from "Calligraphic Alphabet," 1592. Wing MS ZW 545 .S431.
Center for Renaissance Studies Blog
Welcome to the blog for the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies! We post about center programs; items in the Newberry collections of special interest to those involved in medieval, Renaissance, or early modern studies; and profiles of scholars coming to the Newberry to present talks or pursue their research in those areas of study. We welcome your comments.
Illustration by Tom Bachtell
Dear Walter
Dear Reader, Please send your Missives and Queries regarding the Newberry, the Humanities, or this season of Modern Existence generally construed. I shall have my intern-amanuensis, Henry, submit my Reply with a haste that would shame Atalanta. I may be reached, through the ghostly conduit you call “EMAIL,” at dearwalter@newberry.org, or through recourse to a special "WEBFORM." Sincerely yours, Walter L. Newberry
Genealogical Roll of the Kings of England and Dukes of Bourbon. c.1465. Newberr
Genealogy Blog
Upcoming genealogy events, new resources, research tips, and other information from Newberry Reference and Genealogy Services. 

Project blogging

Exploring Printing History at the Newberry: Sharing notable discoveries during the cataloging and processing of more than 29,000 printing specimens from the seventeenth century to the present. These items belong to the Newberry's John M. Wing Foundation. The 2.5-year project is part of a national effort administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Recent posts from the Newberry blogs

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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Women’s History Month: Mary MacLaneNineteen-year-old Mary MacLane from Butte, Montana, may have been the original flapper. She wrote “I Await the Devil’s Coming” and sent it to Chicago’s Stone and Kimball Company. When it appeared in print in 1902,...

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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Women’s History Month: Women of the WarWomen of the War: Famous Nurses of Union SoldiersThis illustration is from Mary A. Livermore’s book about her experiences in the Civil War, titled ”My story of the war: a woman’s narrative of four years...

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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As of today, HeritageQuest Online has a new look and feel with more content and a more powerful search function. Access via your local library should remain unchanged. The new version of the site includes:

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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Showing off through type specimens was standard operating procedure in the typography community. It was also a way of enticing printers to buy typefaces. This wood type sample comes from the only known copy of a book printed in Foligno, Italy, in...

Friday, February 27, 2015

Now, I have inveighed against these things before, but I think we must go over them again. Because when somebody brings me a donation which moves me to use the word “inveighed”, it’s gotta be blogworthy. First, you arrived during a major snowstorm....

Thursday, February 26, 2015

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The recently discovered film clips of the Eastland disaster and its aftermath have revived interest in this horrific event. The Chicago Tribune has recently published an article about these finds and the Eastland Disaster Historical Society is...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The question is “What does this mean?” and I don’t quite know the answer. (Though, unlike the chap in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, I am willing to consider the possibility that it means nothing at all.) But what does it mean when, in a one-...

Monday, February 23, 2015

I seized the chance. The books were there, books of which I had heard all my life but which I have never had in the same place at the same time. I read them. Compresses have now been applied to my brow, and I think I am on the road to complete...

Sunday, February 22, 2015

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February 22, 1867: Pullman Palace Car Co. was organizedThe Pullman Company is an iconic piece of Chicago history. Obama recently visited Chicago and declared the Pullman neighborhood a national monument!This 1893 photograph is from a company...

Saturday, February 21, 2015

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The Doctor Indulged with His Favorite SceneCreated by Isaac Cruikshank in 1789.This hand-colored print shows cleric Dr. Richard Price, kneeling on a crown with a demon on his back, peering through a peep-hole into the royal bedroom at Versailles. He...