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January 4, 2016
This month, the Newberry will embark on a year-and-a-half-long project to digitize 30,000 French political pamphlets published between 1780 and 1810—a tumultuous era marked by the French Revolution and its bloody aftermath. These pamphlets, written by various fulminating commentators and political theorists, represent a range of opinion regarding popular sovereignty and royal execution. Titled Voices of the Revolution, the project is supported by a grant from the Council on...
December 3, 2015
As curator of maps for the National Archives of Cuba, Jorge Macle has access to a wealth of material documenting the exploration and cartographic representation of the island, from its time as a colony of the Spanish Empire to the present. However, to place his research in a larger context of Western European and American mapmaking, he must occasionally travel to archives located in those parts of the world. Visiting map collections in the United States as a Cuban scholar, while difficult due...
November 13, 2015
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest – Newberry Seminar in the Humanities, a unique program that brings undergraduate students to the Newberry for a semester-long course taught by an interdisciplinary team of faculty and culminating in a substantial research paper using our collection. Offering a semester’s academic credit, the seminar allows participants to immerse themselves in humanities research and to maximize their use of the resources available...
October 22, 2015
Explore Chicago Collections (ECC), a web-based portal providing free access to an array of archival materials documenting the social, cultural, and political development of Chicago, is now available to anyone with an interest in the Windy City's past—and an Internet connection. The Newberry is among the cultural institutions whose Chicago-related collections are represented in the portal; others include the Chicago History Museum, Northwestern University, and the Art Institute of Chicago. The...
September 24, 2015
This September, Newberry archivists began a two-year project to arrange, preserve, and describe 13 of the largest unprocessed collections within the library’s Midwest Dance Collection. These collections, comprising the records of dance companies and the personal papers of individual dancers and choreographers, are currently available to the public but prohibitively difficult to explore without detailed finding aids. Compiling these finding aids is a key component of the archives team’s work;...
August 11, 2015
Chicago statues are now talking as part of Statue Stories Chicago, a project funded by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. For the next year, when you use your smartphone to swipe a tag near one of 30 statues throughout the city, you’ll receive a short audio recording detailing the significance of the historical figure depicted or the nature of the statue’s contribution to Chicago’s robust public art landscape. The recordings have been produced as a collaboration between...
July 29, 2015
The Newberry has announced the appointment of Katy E. Hall to the position of Vice President for Development. She will arrive at the Newberry from the Lyric Opera, where she has served in a number of different capacities since 2011, most recently as Director of Individual, Foundation, and Government Giving. Hall has substantial experience as a development officer, and she is deeply familiar with the cultural community of Chicago. Prior to her time at the Lyric, she was Director of Corporate...
July 21, 2015
Each summer, the Newberry Library presents the John Peter Altgeld Freedom of Speech Award at its annual Bughouse Square Debates. The award recognizes individuals who defend civil liberties and freedom of speech or whose outspoken views on subjects considered taboo provide daring examples of free expression. During the 2015 Bughouse Square Debates on Saturday, July 25, the Newberry will confer the Altgeld Award upon Wendy Kaminer, a lawyer, social critic, and long-time defender of free speech...
July 13, 2015
Rare manuscripts, artworks, and photographs are among the more than 4,000 digital objects included in the Newberry’s newly expanded Edward E. Ayer Digital Collection. Featuring historically significant works of art and literature both by and about American Indians, the online collection combines three previously distinct digital reserves into one, while making a set of collection items digitally available for the first time. It is freely accessible to users worldwide. “The...
June 30, 2015
Beginning in 2016, the Newberry will launch a multi-year schedule of large, themed, interdisciplinary research projects and affiliated public programming to explore intensively subjects in the humanities that have both a substantial historical legacy and an enduring role to play in the future development of human culture. The themes will grow out of the strengths of the Newberry’s collection, its staff expertise, and the scope of its research and program centers. Scheduled for exploration...

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