Chicago history comes alive this March at the Newberry with a series of free “Meet the Author” events. The lectures, delivered by authors of recent work about Chicago, promise to illuminate dark corners of the city’s past and deliver new insights based on popular local lore.
The Newberry has acquired a set of artifacts that may shed new light on the Yalta Conference, the diplomatic gathering of Allied leaders who, in the final months of World War II, established the terms for peace and the new boundaries of postwar Europe.
On Saturday, January 24, Paul Gehl received the American Printing History Association’s annual APHA Award for contributions to the study of printing and printing history. Much of Gehl’s work in these areas has been accomplished while serving as Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing at the Newberry, where he has guided the research of scholars and type designers from around the world in addition to producing scholarly work of his own.
The CB&Q records at the Newberry measure over 2,300 linear feet, and include correspondence, reports, maps, blueprints, financial documents, advertising materials, photographs, and other items documenting the history of the railroad company. Accessible through standard archival web-based inventories and catalog records, the collection is now also illuminated by a subject web gallery: CB&Q: Building an Empire.
Filling out individual call slips, by hand, in order to request materials from the Newberry’s collection will soon be a thing of the past. Newberry readers, after creating an account through a software program called Aeon, will be able to reserve collection items with a simple click of the mouse. The new system is expected to go live in May of 2015.
A number of streets surrounding the Newberry will be closed for the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Saturday, November 22. Please review the complete list of street closures below, and plan your travel accordingly.
This November, the Newberry will join organizations across Chicago in observing National Native American Heritage Month. The D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies has organized two free, public events to honor America’s native cultures.
The Department of Maps & Modern Manuscript’s recent cataloging of previously unprocessed materials in the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad archives yielded duplicate items that have been deaccessioned from the Newberry’s collection. The duplicates have found a new home (for the moment, anyway) in the Newberry Bookstore, where Manager Jennifer Fastwolf has arrayed them on a wide-mouthed stand along the checkout counter, in individual plastic sleeves.
On July 7 four librarians from Myanmar, along with two Northern Illinois University (NIU) professors, visited the Newberry. NIU, which has a strong Southeast Asia studies program and the only Center for Burma Studies in the United States, has been active in forging partnerships with academic and cultural institutions in Myanmar as the country emerges from decades of military rule. One part of its intellectual infrastructure that Myanmar intends to buttress is library administration and the preservation of library materials.
This July and August, graduate students from the 20 colleges and universities composing the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS) will participate in the summer institute “Recording the Native Americas: Indigenous Speech, Representation, and the Politics of Writing.” The month-long event commences the D'Arcy McNickle Center's scholarly programs under the direction of Patricia Marroquin Norby.
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