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.
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 blogs

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.

Everywhere West: Chronicling the processing progress of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company records, featuring images and items from the collection. This project is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Preservation and Access.

Recent posts from the Newberry blogs

Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Our Conservation Dept. hard at work on materials for the upcoming WWI exhibition, opening 9/17. #wwi #newberrylibrary #conservation #bookishsailors

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

Akenson, Donald Harman.Ireland, Sweden and the Great European Migration 1815-1914. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University, 2011. Call No. JV7590 .A44 2011Explores the Irish diaspora and the origins of Swedish-America. Bennett, Nicholas. Lincolnshire...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

We have occasionally discussed the category at the Book Fair called “Proofs”, where we sell the proof copies, or galleys, or advance reader’s copies of new books. Once upon a time there was a difference between a proof and a galley, but now just...

Monday, August 18, 2014

Once upon a time, before this Internet was in use and communication had therefore not been invented, I wrote a series of articles trying to convince writers everywhere that a book fair was an investment. Now that we have all this technology, writers...

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

Earlier this summer, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation giving adoptees more access to their family history information. Expanding on the 2010 Illinois Birth Certificate Access Law, which gave adopted adults, and spouses and children of...

Friday, August 15, 2014

I was piling up some cookbooks for next July’s sale and found that, as often happens, they had been piled in the box in no particular order: some were facing up, some down, some were rightside up and some were wrongside up. I could have opened the...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

Join us Saturday, September 6th for a Morning with Dr. David McDonald, CG. The morning will start at 9:30 am with a brief tour and orientation to the Newberry’s genealogy section for those who’ve not been here before. Then, at 10 am,...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I was starting to worry; really I was. It was over 24 hours after my blog notifying you that the parking lot was closed to people donating books before somebody actually backed in with books to donate. Dapper, devil-may-care fellow who didn’t mind...

Monday, August 11, 2014

Check out the listing of all of our 2014-15 Center for Renaissance Studies programs, including seminars, workshops, and our annual conference for graduate students; our ongoing seminar and lecture series; a weekend workshop in Spanish Paleography;...

Monday, August 11, 2014

For those of you who didn’t see either memo we are not officially taking books until September 2. The place is going to be locked up tight during the Labor Day Weekend so we cannot oblige you if your idea of a great Labor Day family activity is...