On Monday, February 17, the Newberry will close owing to a recently planned, day-long shutdown of the building’s water supply. The shutdown is part of the city of Chicago’s water-main installation taking place on Walton between Dearborn and Clark streets. City officials assured the library that the water shutdown will take one day only. Barring any unforeseen events, the Newberry will re-open as usual Tuesday, February 18.
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has awarded the Newberry $216,100 to bring 29,800 additional items into the library’s John M. Wing Collection, one of the world’s best collections on book arts and printing history. Backlogged for a decade or more and dating from 1605 to the present, materials in this “hidden collection” include examples of type and printing, ballad sheets, advertising posters, direct mail pieces, and books, both beautiful and homely, of all periods.
The Newberry is delighted to announce that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the library $526,000 to create a set of online tools to allow users to access, practice transcribing, and annotate French manuscript documents dating from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance.
From new novels and non-fiction to used books to works that reflect the library’s superb collection, The Newberry Bookstore is a must-stop to shop for book-lovers.
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and in conjunction with the Newberry’s Civil War exhibition, distinguished Lincoln scholars Douglas L. Wilson and Michael Burlingame, both of whom are recipients of the Lincoln Prize for published books, will discuss the language and rhetoric of President Lincoln.
This year's symposium celebrates the 10th anniversary of the remarkable collection of written works and memorabilia of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle contained in the Newberry's C. Frederick Kittle Collection of Doyleana. The program is free and open to all Sherlockians and the general public. Light refreshments will be served.
This year's event will feature the following speakers:
Working with the Kittle Collection
Newberry President David Spadafora
Newberry Vice President for Research and Academic Programs Daniel Greene today announced that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the library two grants to help college and university faculty to better utilize maps as visual evidence in their research and their teaching; and to increase their understanding of North American borderlands history. Both programs will be held at the Newberry in summer 2014.
This fall, the Newberry is offering more than 40 classes on Chicago; arts, music, and language; history, genealogy, and social sciences; literature and theater; and more. Learn about Chicago political art or bookbinding, delve into Jane Austen’s writing during the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, or experience the music of the Civil War during its sesquicentennial.
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the US Civil War and in conjunction with the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Newberry Library is pleased to host “Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North,” an exhibition of more than 100 items that focuses on the enormous, and costly, effect the war had on civilians.
The American Jewish Historical Society has awarded the biennial Saul Viener Book Prize in American Jewish History to Newberry Vice President for Research and Academic Programs Daniel Greene for his recent book, The Jewish Origins of Cultural Pluralism: The Menorah Association and American Diversity (Indiana University Press, 2011).