Center for Renaissance Studies

John Scottowe. Letter "I" from "Calligraphic Alphabet," 1592.
John Scottowe. Letter "I" from "Calligraphic Alphabet," 1592. Wing MS ZW 545 .S431.

The Center for Renaissance Studies promotes the use of the Newberry collection by graduate students and postgraduate scholars in the fields of late medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies (c. 1300 – c. 1750), making available programs that may not be feasible for individual institutions to mount alone.

Founded in 1979, the Center works with an international consortium of universities in North America and the United Kingdom. It offers a wide range of scholarly programs and digital and print publications based in the Newberry collection, and provides a locus for a community of scholars who come from all over the world to use the library’s early manuscripts, printed books, and other materials.

Faculty and graduate students from consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grants to travel to the Newberry to attend programs or do research.

The center also maintains a list of important resources in the study of Paleography. Learn more about upcoming Programs, and keep up with the Center by following our Blog.

Interested researchers should consult the Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies core collection details for an introduction to navigating the Newberry’s extensive Renaissance and early modern collections.

Funding for the Center is provided in part by the Bernard P. McElroy Fund in Renaissance Studies.

News and announcements

  • It is with deep sadness that the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies notes the passing of John Marino, a beloved and generous colleague, who died on December 3, 2014, in San Diego. John was an emeritus professor of history at UC San Diego and a longtime friend of the Center and the Newberry. He became a Newberry reader as a student at the University of Chicago, where he earned the BA, MA, and PhD degrees.

    John was an internationally respected scholar of early modern European history, Renaissance and Reformation Europe, the early modern Mediterranean world, Spanish Italy, and the city and kingdom of Naples. Over the course of his distinguished career, John authored two important and widely acclaimed monographs on Neapolitan economic life and culture in the “long sixteenth century.” He edited or co-edited an additional eight anthologies, journal volumes, and translations, and authored more than 40 scholarly articles on the economic, political, cultural, and religious history of southern Italy and the Mediterranean world in the early modern era.

    John held an Exxon Education Foundation Fellowship at the Newberry in 1985-86 and an NEH fellowship here in 1992-93. He was active in the Renaissance Society of America and the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. He was a strong advocate for the Center for Renaissance Studies program of summer institutes in vernacular paleography, arranging for financial support from the Sixteenth Century Society during his term as its president. More recently, he served on the Center’s Advisory Committee. During the summer and fall of 2014, he was as much a charming conversationalist and warm colleague as ever, despite his illness. We will miss him.

  • Saturday, January 31, is the application deadline for the March 2015 Research Methods Workshop for Early Career Graduate Students, Introduction to Medieval Studies at the Newberry, led by Karen Christianson.

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