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March 14, 2014
In 1998, Julia Miller began the monumental task of sifting through notes and observations made during her 30-year career as an archivist and book conservator, then sat down to write. The resultant Books Will Speak Plain (The Legacy Press 2010) is a 500-page handbook aimed at conservators, collectors, librarians, and book lovers, for the identification and description of book structures and styles. To honor Miller’s immense contribution to book arts and highlight the strong impact...
February 13, 2014
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 Newberry regrets having to close the building on Monday...
January 23, 2014
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...
November 22, 2013
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. Users will be able to teach themselves to read different early French handwritings, learn about the history of those handwriting styles and the circumstances of production of different types of manuscript documents,...
November 1, 2013
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. With local, independent bookstores becoming difficult to find, The Newberry Bookstore fills an important community need and offers a cozy, quiet environment to leisurely browse mysteries, plays, poetry, and other literature; books on the history of Chicago, the country, and other parts of the world; and reference materials,...
October 10, 2013
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. Part of the “Conversations at the Newberry” series, this special evening also will include a reading of the Gettysburg Address by Peter Garino of the Shakespeare...
October 3, 2013
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 The C. Frederick Kittle Collection of Doyleana has...
August 28, 2013
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. “We are grateful to the National Endowment for the Humanities for...
July 29, 2013
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 improve our service to participants and instructors we are instituting a registration deadline. The...
June 27, 2013
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. Highlights of the exhibition include stunning paintings by Winslow Homer, Frederic E. Church, and other American artists of the period; first editions by Walt Whitman, Emily...

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