Founded in 1979 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies serves scholars through the use of the library’s internationally-renowned collections in the late medieval, Renaissance, and early modern periods in Europe and the Americas.
The Center is organized as an international Consortium of 49 universities that contribute to its administration and oversee planning of programs through a representative council. 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
- We are currently accepting applications for the fall 2013 Dissertation Seminar for Literary Scholars, to be led by Wendy Wall and William N. West, both of Northwestern University. The seminar will be limited to 15 scholars, by competitive application. The deadline is May 15.
- The five-year Gannon Initiative will make the Newberry one of the nation’s premier centers for research on early modern religion, individually cataloging more than 8,000 items in our collections.
- Explore our experimental online monograph, Humanism for Sale: Making and Marketing Schoolbooks in Italy, 1450-1650, by Paul F. Gehl, and learn about using the site as an interactive text in the classroom.
- The Newberry has recently completed a project to catalog 22,000 early modern French pamphlets. See the catalogers’ blog, French Pamphlet Collections at the Newberry, for updates on what they have discovered, and also this collection description, with tips for searching the catalog for these materials.
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