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September 23, 2016
This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare—and the beginning of his illustrious afterlife as a literary icon and cultural phenomenon. The Newberry is celebrating the occasion with a multi-gallery exhibition exploring the Bard’s creativity as well as the creativity of the countless writers, printers, actors, musicians, and artists who have re-contextualized, re-imagined, and re-invented his work over the past 400 years. Creating Shakespeare, now open, is...
September 12, 2016
The Newberry Library has relaunched ChicagoAncestors.org, a searchable map for historical and genealogical research. The website, free and accessible to the public, offers users a map linked to numerous data points for historical events, places, images, and stories that can be searched by keyword, address, collection, or neighborhood. In addition to these features from the original version of the site, the revamped site now includes a larger and more legible map, scholarly articles on history...
July 20, 2016
During the 2016 Bughouse Square Debates on Saturday, July 30, the Newberry Library will present the John Peter Altgeld Freedom of Speech Award to WITNESS, an international organization working to help people use video as a medium of expression and a vehicle for fighting for human rights. The presentation of the Altgeld Award is a fixture of the Bughouse Square Debates. The award recognizes individuals who defend civil liberties and freedom of speech or whose outspoken views on subjects...
June 1, 2016
The Newberry has announced that over 50 scholars will spend all or part of the 2016-17 academic year as Newberry Fellows, conducting research in the library’s world-famous collection while pursuing a variety of projects in the humanities. During their fellowships with the Newberry, these scholars will be supported by funding from the Newberry as well as from outside organizations. “Newberry Fellows dive deep into our collection to produce new knowledge and wrestle with fundamental questions of...
May 25, 2016
The Newberry is pleased to announce that Jill Gage, Reference Librarian and Bibliographer for British Literature and History at the Newberry, has been appointed Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing. She succeeds Paul Gehl, who will retire May 31 after serving 29 years as Wing custodian. Gage will continue to build the Newberry’s collection of British literature and history, retaining her existing role as bibliographer while acceding to this new one. She will...
May 18, 2016
The Newberry is pleased to announce that Lia Markey will join the library this fall as director of its Center for Renaissance Studies. Founded in 1979, the center works with an international consortium of universities to foster a community of scholars interested in using the Newberry’s early manuscripts, printed books, and other materials for a variety of projects. “Dr. Markey’s impressive experience at other major institutions means that she understands excellence in scholarship and...
March 23, 2016
Beginning in its centennial year in 1987, the Newberry has presented the Newberry Library Award to an individual or organization for their outstanding contributions to the humanities. On Monday, April 11, the tradition will continue with the presentation of the award to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Founded in 1969, The Mellon Foundation is one of the largest supporters of the humanities in the United States, having awarded more than 15,000 grants totaling more than $5.8 billion to...
March 22, 2016
The book-arts world lost a rare talent last week, when Norma Rubovits died at the age of 97. Rubovits took up bookbinding in the late 1960s, eventually focusing her creative energy on marbled papers—which she taught herself to make after consulting manuals and sample books in the Newberry collection. Not satisfied with producing decorative end papers for traditional book bindings, Rubovits pioneered what she called “marbled vignettes,” starkly elegant, stand-alone compositions featuring a quick...
January 25, 2016
The Newberry is pleased to announce the launch of French Renaissance Paleography, a website where scholars and students can practice transcribing a carefully curated selection of over 100 manuscripts dating from 1300 - 1700. Paleography, the study of handwriting, prompts scholarly investigations into the details of medieval and early modern life that were recorded by hand rather than printing press. The manuscripts on the French Renaissance Paleography site document colonial administration,...
January 20, 2016
The Newberry is pleased to announce the launch of a new website devoted to Daniel H. Burnham and Edward H. Bennett’s 1909 Plan of Chicago and its place in the history of American urban planning and image-making. This landmark document continues to serve as a touchstone in debates over how to organize urban landscapes. Make Big Plans: Daniel Burnham’s Vision of an American Metropolis sheds light on these debates by exploring the Plan as a document that harnessed not...

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