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September 14, 2020
The Newberry is pleased to announce that Blaire Topash-Caldwell has joined the library’s staff as Mellon Public Humanities Fellow. In this role, Topash-Caldwell will contribute to a multiyear project to expand access to the Newberry’s extensive Indigenous Studies collection. Supported by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project will align the Newberry’s institutional policies and actions with Native perspectives, cultural practices, and knowledge systems. Topash-...
September 9, 2020
On Friday, September 4, the Chicago City Council’s Committee on Health and Human Relations heard comments from the public regarding a proposal to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. As home to one of the strongest collections in the world on American Indian and Indigenous Studies as well as the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, the Newberry was invited to submit a letter in response to the proposal. Analú...
August 20, 2020
The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the Newberry and its project partners a $150,000 grant to support a series of nine public programs exploring the connections between the American Revolution and struggles for independence in Latin America. The program series, ¡Vivan las Revoluciones! Forming More Perfect Unions Across the Americas, will provide opportunities for participants to reflect on the complex shared histories of revolutions in the Americas...
August 13, 2020
The Newberry is pleased to begin welcoming visitors back into the library. For months, we’ve been preparing to safely resume some library activities onsite while continuing to offer a range of virtual engagement opportunities online. With the health and safety of our staff and visitors top of mind, we’ve changed some policies and adopted new precautionary measures based on guidelines from public health officials. Learn more in our FAQ for visitors. Reading Rooms The reading rooms will reopen...
June 16, 2020
The Newberry Library and a group of tribal and community partners will work together on a multiyear project to expand access to the library’s extensive Indigenous Studies collection. The project will be supported by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Building on its long-standing commitment to serving and partnering with Indigenous scholars, students, and members of the public, the Newberry will collaborate with Native communities to learn more about their needs and...
June 10, 2020
On June 24, the Newberry will implement a new library system, Alma/Primo VE. This system will include a new interface used to access the Newberry online catalog, and will provide improved and expanded search capabilities for digital resources, journal articles, and other information sources. More information and training opportunities will be coming soon; for now, please see the following Frequently Asked Questions. FAQs What is Primo VE? Primo VE is a discovery service that makes it easier and...
June 1, 2020
In 1922, the Chicago Commission on Race Relations published an 822-page report in the wake of the 1919 Race Riots that shook Chicago. The report cataloged the systemic inequities between African Americans and white Chicagoans, including the wide disparities that existed in access to health services, housing, employment, education, and policing. Sadly, the institutionalized racism described in that report from 98 years ago remains today. Chicagoans and Americans in many other cities are facing...
May 10, 2020
As we face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, the Newberry’s community remains active online, finding meaning and comfort in digital collections, virtual programs, and interactive opportunities. Of course, we’re looking forward to safely welcoming the public back into the library, though the Newberry will stay closed until the State of Illinois eases restrictions on gatherings at cultural institutions. I’m writing today with an update on how the Newberry will handle summer programming...
April 14, 2020
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the Newberry $382,500—plus an additional $180,000 in matching grants—to support the library’s long-standing fellowship program. The grant funding enables the Newberry to continue supporting scholars over the next three years as they pursue new research using the library’s diverse collections in the humanities. “The Newberry’s fellowship program lets tremendously talented scholars work intensively with our collections and also...
February 18, 2020
The Newberry Library and the National Council on Public History (NCPH) are pleased to announce that Chicago 1919: Confronting the Race Riots has earned the 2020 Outstanding Public History Project Award. The NCPH presents the award annually to a project “that contributes to a broader public reflection and appreciation of the past or that serves as a model of professional public history practice.” In 2019, the Newberry Library—in partnership with 13 cultural organizations in Chicago—led...

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