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, 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, January 28, 2015

Posted in: Tumblr

A video posted by Newberry Library (@newberrylibrary) on Jan 28, 2015 at 3:04pm PST This 15th-century scroll documenting the royal blood line of French kings is beautiful, but may not be the best place to look for your own family’s history. On March...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

Monday, February 2, 2015, 7-8 pm“Finding Your Chicago Ancestors”Roselle Public Library40 South Park StreetRoselle, IL 60172630-529-1641Contact: Debbie Miel, Adult Services, 630-529-1641, ext. 212

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

There is something sweet, I suppose, about a donor who hauls in books and THEN asks “Do people even buy these?” She was talking about her set of Britannica, of course. It did not, apparently, occur to her to ask that about the box full of Reader’s...

Monday, January 26, 2015

Yes, we do pick up donations. No, we do not demand that you have a maximum or minimum number of books. Yes, we would rather you bring them in if you possibly can. No, we do not charge for this service, nor does the driver/picker-upper expect a tip...

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. The Name is the Game  Onomatology and the Genealogist. Baltimore, Md.  Published for Clearfield Co. by Genealogical Publishing Co., 2013. Although it’s a thin volume at 85 pages, this book is chock-full of great tidbits and...

Friday, January 23, 2015

I was browsing among my blogs–great for tracking down stuff I’d read, very bad for finding something I haven’t read yet–and saw that two years ago, I was writing about a book phenomenon called “Fifty Shades of Grey”. I know you haven’t wasted your...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

Filling out individual call slips to request materials from the Newberry’s stacks will soon be a thing of the past. New software will allow readers to register online. Once registered, you will be able to reserve collection items with a mouse click...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What was it like, do you suppose, to be present when that little cavechild, stepping between the stalagmites to look at the snow, fell and swung his arms to make the first snow angel? Did anyone record the moment when the Warhols opened the first...

Monday, January 19, 2015

I put these things off: I know it. But I do like to see the season linger. But still and all, one must say goodbye to the green and red holiday, if only to make room for one’s Valentines. I have thrown away the bottle with that last little bit of...

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Posted in: Genealogy Blog

The annual National Genealogical Society conference will be held May 13-16 in St. Charles, Missouri. This year’s theme is “Crossroads of America.” With a wide variety of events and topics, there’ll be something for everyone, from beginners to...