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

Friday, May 22, 2015

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Happy Ephemera Phriday!The Truth About the I.W.W. Prisoners“They are in prison solely for expressions of opinion. Every charge of violence or sabotage has been thrown out by the courts.”This pamphlet was published by the American Civil Liberties...

Thursday, May 21, 2015

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The Chapbook: Jack the Giant KillerThe story of Jack the Giant Killer (or Slayer) has been told for several centuries. Published in London, this chapbook edition is undated.“Jack, the valiant boy, who had made up his mind to rid the land of Giants...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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Tonight at 6, join us for a curator-led tour of the Newberry’s current exhibition “Ephemeral by Design,” and a crash course in the strange and curious world of ephemera.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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ParaseleneJune 15, 1911: Cape Evans, McMurdo SoundThis facsimile was derived from watercolor created by Edward Adrian Wilson, polar explorer.  A paraselene (also called moon dog) is a rare, bright circular spot on a lunar halo that is caused by the...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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Royal Family Tree This scroll was created around 1470 in France. It details the history and genealogy of the kings of France. The story begins with Pharamond in the 5th century until Louis XI, who reigned between 1461 and 1483. The branches of...

Monday, May 18, 2015

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Schermkunst: The Art of FencingThese illustrations are a part of a Dutch fencing manual, created and published in 1595 and housed in the Newberry’s special collections.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

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The Lady of Shalott“The Lady of Shalott” is a Arthurian romance poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Written in 1832, the poem tells the tale of a mythical woman who accepts her fate of death after she looks at Sir Lancelot from a forbidden window in...

Saturday, May 16, 2015

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Congratulations to Scott Holl! Scott was just honored as the winner of the William Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship at the National Genealogy Society Conference. The Filby Award is given to a person who has made significant contributions...

Saturday, May 16, 2015

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Map of the World by Viconte di Maiollo from 1527 and reproduced in facsimile from photographs obtained by Arthur James Weise in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana of Milan on April, 1903.

Friday, May 15, 2015

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Happy Ephemera Phriday, featuring Notgeld!World War I affected European countries with a shortage of currency, for the denomination of metal coins was less than the amount of money it took to create the material. To compensate for the slow economy,...