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February 11, 2013
Chicago this spring will be celebrating the rich tradition of underground, dissident, and alternative publishing, highlighted by two special programs at the Newberry. “Politics, Piety, and Poison,” is an exhibition of French materials spanning a period that includes the revolution; “Outsiders: Zines, Samizdat and Alternative Publishing,” is a discussion about self-produced books and pamphlets that express individualized, unconventional, controversial, or prohibited messages. (“Samizdat” means...
February 8, 2013
Called the archaeologists of texts, paleographers, according to Anthony Grafton, “tell us which texts were written when and what they say, which scripts were used where, and why, and by whom.” Paleographers do the detective work that makes all other research possible. In an ongoing effort to ensure that scholars master this critical skill, the Newberry this summer will begin a four-year nationwide training program in vernacular paleography in four languages: Italian, French, Spanish, and...
January 18, 2013
The Newberry and the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Illinois proudly announce an annual grant enabling two short-term fellowships for qualified Ph.D. and postdoctoral scholars to study at the library. The $5,000 grant from the Illinois Mayflower Society will support two fellows selected by the Newberry who will use the library’s collection to pursue original research in early American history and culture. The establishment of this grant is in keeping with the mission of...
January 15, 2013
The Newberry is home to a world-class collection of millions of books, manuscript pages, and maps—a wealth of primary sources for English and history teachers. Yet finding the time to research the collections can be a challenge for busy educators. To facilitate access to this archive, the Newberry teacher programs staff has collaborated with scholars and university faculty to develop Digital Collections for the Classroom. Newberry Digital Collections for the Classroom are thematic collections...
October 23, 2012
As part of our 125th anniversary, the Newberry has published a book highlighting 125 outstanding items: The Newberry 125, Stories of Our Collection. Each item is afforded a one- or two-page spread that includes stunning high-resolution photographs and an essay documenting historical significance, surprising statistics, and amusing tidbits. The 125 essays accompanying beautiful visual renderings come from Newberry curators, librarians, and outside researchers who have relied on the...
July 31, 2012
The Newberry’s 125th anniversary (or, as it’s fondly referred to around the library’s halls, quasquicentennial) has inspired a number of commemorative Newberry 125 events that will be open to the public. Chief among these, The Newberry 125 exhibition will open Thursday, September 6 and run through Monday, December 31.
July 10, 2012
More than 200 people earlier this year came to the Newberry to hear Scott Turow and Judge Richard Posner discuss the future of books, authors, and libraries in the digital age as part of the library’s new public program, “Conversations at the Newberry.” Designed to generate thought-provoking discourse about enduring issues that are timely today, each evening features a pair of authors speaking about topics on which they have expertise and with which they are enthusiastically engaged,...
May 30, 2012
Approximately 250 people came to the Newberry on May 7 to see Francis Oakley, Williams College President Emeritus and Edward Dorr Griffin Professor of the History of Ideas, receive this year’s Newberry Library Award for his outstanding contributions to the humanities. The award was presented by Newberry Board of Trustees Chair Victoria Herget following a cocktail reception and dinner, co-chaired by Janis and John Notz and Michele and Peter Willmott. Janis Notz is a member of the Newberry...
May 2, 2012
Charles C. Haffner III devoted his professional career to R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, founded by his great-grandfather—and his philanthropic career to books, art, education, and nature, bringing an extraordinary level of dedication and leadership to organizations and institutions that reflected his principles and his passion. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University, Charlie was the son of World War II hero Major General Charles C. Haffner, Jr., and he himself served as...
April 27, 2012
The Newberry is pleased to be one of the collaborating cultural institutions on a new website: “The Civil War in Art: Teaching and Learning Through Chicago Collections.” An educational tool designed primarily for students and teachers in grades 6 – 12, the site features 128 high-resolution images from the Terra Foundation for American Art and its partners: the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago History Museum, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Public Schools, DuSable Museum...

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