Dr. William M. Scholl Center Projects and Publications
The Scholl Center creates research, reference, and curriculum materials that draw on the Newberry’s collections and which are freely available for scholars and teachers.
The Atlas of Historical County Boundaries is a database that maps all of the changes in the boundaries, names, and organization of every US county from its creation to the present. Digital maps and files are freely available at the project website for research and classroom use.
(University of Chicago Press, 2004).
The Encyclopedia of Chicago is an NEH-funded collaboration between the Scholl Center and the Chicago History Museum, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2004. This dynamic and unprecedented metropolitan history includes thousands of historical resources, such as articles, photos, maps, broadsides, and newspapers related to Chicago’s colorful and complex history.
With major funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the Scholl Center completed this web-only exhibit in 2009. This online resource explores the interaction of the local and the global in mid-continent North America from the 1650s to the 1950s. The site includes scholarly perspectives, reference materials, teaching resources, and historical documents and artifacts.
The Scholl Center staff created an exhibition in partnership with, and with major funding from, the Terra Foundation for American Art. The exhibition, which opened at the Newberry in autumn 2013, explored the ways that lives on the home front were altered by the Civil War. It juxtaposed an outstanding group of paintings from the Terra Foundation for American Art collections with a wealth of material drawn from the Newberry collections, including popular prints, illustrated newspapers, photographs, maps, magazines, sheet music, fashion plates, letters, diaries, advertisements, and other ephemera. The exhibition was accompanied by a book published by the University of Chicago Press and lives on as a digital exhibit.
The two exhibitions at this site explore Lincoln’s views on slavery and westward expansion as well as the fundamental changes in his thinking during his presidency. Lincoln at 200 is a collaborative project of the Newberry, the Chicago History Museum and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
In conjunction with our recent National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute “Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in Twentieth-Century Chicago, 1893-1955,” the Scholl Center launched a web-based exhibition on literary modernism in Chicago. This Omeka-powered exhibition features items from the Newberry’s collections, including unpublished manuscripts, photographs, and correspondence from the library’s rich holdings in midwestern literature and journalism. In addition to images of the materials and contextualizing essays, the site includes resources for instructors, the Summer Institute syllabus with recommended readings, and additional XML files for text materials.
This online resource accompanied a collaborative public exhibition between the Newberry and the Chicago History Museum. It explores Chicago’s free speech tradition over the past 150 years and provides documents and sources related to the people and organizations who made the city a beacon of freedom.
In the summer of 2011, the Scholl Center held two NEH Landmarks in American History and Culture workshops focused on Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood. In conjunction with the workshops, Scholl Center staff also created an online exhibit on the Pullman community with nearly 300 digitized items from the Newberry’s Pullman Company Archives and other collections.
Previous Scholl Center Projects
Picturing America School Collaboration Conferences
In 2009-10, the Scholl Center directed a Picturing America School Collaboration Conferences in conjunction with the NEH’s Picturing America initiative that explored the role of landscape imagery in shaping national identity. The conferences were designed to help secondary school teachers integrate American art into humanities teaching. The resources created for the conference are available at Picturing America’s conference website.
In February 2011, the University of Chicago’s Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture and the Scholl Center co-sponsored an international conference on the American Revolution at the Newberry. The largest scholarly gathering on the subject since the bicentennial, the conference brought together nearly forty established and emerging specialists from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including history, law, political science, literature, anthropology, and art history. The works presented at this conference will be published in The Oxford Handbook of the American Revolution (Oxford University Press), edited by Jane Kamensky and Edward Gray.