Building on the success of its French Renaissance Paleography website, the Newberry’s Center for Renaissance Studies will develop a similar resource for Italian paleography training. Paleography, the study of handwriting, helps scholars expand their research by giving them skills to decipher hard-to-read manuscripts.
January 20 - April 15
Photographing Freetowns features Helen Balfour Morrison’s poignant photographs of African American life in Depression-era Kentucky. Though Morrison is largely unknown today, she created impressive work that preserves fleeting moments even as it hints at the complex racial dynamics behind her photography.
January 11 - March 9
Hamilton has revived interest in one of the most complex founding fathers. Though it’s steeped in history, the musical alone cannot fully reveal Hamilton’s genius, ambition, and tragic combativeness. Primary sources from the Newberry’s collection are on display to help fill in the blanks (sans hip hop accompaniment, unfortunately!).
At the heart of the Newberry is a set of collection strengths that attract a variety of readers and serve as inspiration for our public programs and academic endeavors.