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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 (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 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.

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

  • We are delighted to announce that Lia Markey has recently joined the Newberry as our new Director for the Center for Renaissance Studies. Lia was recently the Andrew W. Mellon fellow in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has also been the Hanna Kiel Fellow at Villa I Tatti in Florence and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Markey spent five years at Princeton University in various roles, including Postdoctoral Research Associate, Lecturer in the Department of Art and Archaeology, and Curatorial Assistant at Princeton’s Art Museum. She has earned a PhD in Art History at the University of Chicago, an MA in Art History at Syracuse University, and a BA at DePaul University. Lia’s recent book is Imagining the Americas in Medici Florence, and she is co-editing an interdisciplinary volume on the reception of the New World in early modern Italy for Cambridge University Press.
  • The website French Renaissance Paleography, a set of online tools to allow users to access, practice transcribing, and annotate French manuscript documents dating from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance, is now live. The project was developed by the Center for Renaissance Studies in partnership with Saint Louis University’s Center for Digital Humanities, the University of Toronto Libraries, and Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance; and funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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