Center for Renaissance Studies
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 (ca. 1300 – ca. 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 Europe. It offers a wide range of scholarly programs and digital and print publications based in the Newberry collections, 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.
Visit our consortium blog, CRS Stories, to learn more about the experiences of faculty and graduate students working with the Newberry collections and attending Center programming.
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. The Center also maintains a list of resources for the study of paleography.
Funding for the center is provided in part by the Bernard P. McElroy Fund in Renaissance Studies.
Current Projects and Grants
The Center for Renaissance Studies was pleased to launch the Italian Paleography website in July 2019. Supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the website offers resources for learning how to read 102 Italian documents and manuscripts written between 1300 and 1700, with tools for deciphering them and learning about their social, cultural, and institutional settings.
The Center for Renaissance Studies was awarded two grants for paleography studies from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2016 and 2017. One grant continues funding for summer paleography institutes at the Newberry, Folger, Getty, and Huntington through 2020. The second grant supports the development of an Italian paleography website to complement the Center’s French Renaissance Paleography site.
The Samuel H. Kress Foundation awarded the Center for Renaissance Studies and Professor Mara Wade from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign a grant for “Emblems and Empire Emblematica Politica in Early Modern Nürnberg,” a project inspired by Professor Wade’s discovery during her long-term fellowship. Click here to view the blog post.
In collaboration with the University of Minnesota’s Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World, the Center is developing an international research collaborative devoted to Bernard and Picart’s Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde. Click here to learn more about the symposium in March 2018.
Center Director Lia Markey is a participant in the Getty Connecting Art Histories research project, “Spanish Italy and the Iberian Americas”.
The Newberry has embarked on a CLIR-funded project to digitize 30,000 French political pamphlets published between 1780 and 1810. More than 1,400 are already available on the Internet Archive, and more will appear as they are processed.
The five-year Gannon Initiative is making the Newberry one of the nation’s premier centers for research on early modern religion, individually cataloging nearly 6,000 items in our collections.
Contact Center Staff for more information.