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 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

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

On Saturday, September 27th we posted the news that ChicagoAncestors.org had been taken off-line. Although there are still some technical issues which negatively affect its searching functionality, we have been able to bring the site back online in...

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

Join us this Saturday at 9:30 for the monthly Genealogy and Local History Orientation. This event is especially helpful for those new to genealogical research or new to research at the Newberry. After the oriention, stay and start your research in...

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

There’s demand, there’s rarity, and then there’s personal opinion. I was a bit vexed to find that Lillian Gish’s autobiography, signed by her, is only about a twenty-five dollar book. Legend of the silent cinema though she was, she signed enough...

Monday, September 29, 2014

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We’re redesigning our Facebook timeline banner and need your help capturing “the Newberry in a nutshell!” Over the next week, post photos to FB or Instagram of the collection items you’re looking at, the programs you’re attending, or any other...

Monday, September 29, 2014

Someone was thinking things over last week and wondered whether we should try a little product placement at the 2015 Book Fair. “Maybe an insurance company would sponsor the Health section in exchange for a sign with their name on it,” he said. “Or...

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

As many of you are aware, for the last several months we have been experiencing technical issues with ChicagoAncestors.org which have negatively affected its searching functionality. The problems stem from outdated code. To address this, we are...

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

The staff from the Chicago Public Library is hosting a series of family history presentations and classes for genealogists of all levels. Several members of the Newberry Genealogy and Local History staff will be sharing their expertise as well. All...

Friday, September 26, 2014

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The next installment of our “Conversations at the Newberry” series is coming up! Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg and author Thomas Dyja discuss Chicago in American culture. #secondcity #chicago #convoatthenewberry #newberrylibrary

Friday, September 26, 2014

We had a few volumes from the True Color Series of novels come in. This is a series of stories written around (wait for it) colors. Number 5, for example is “Burnt Orange: Color Me Wasted” while number 8 is “Bitter Rose: Color Me Crushed”. Without...

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

Two new exhibits have just opened at the Newberry. “Chicago, Europe, and the Great War” draws on the Newberry’s collection to tell the story of Chicago’s many and varied connections to the conflict. “American Women Rebuilding France, 1917-1924”...