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"The Myriopticon: Historic Panorama: The Rebellion," a toy theater containing 22 colored illustrations of the U.S. Civil War and one of the first products created by American manufacturer Milton Bradley

April 2012

The Civil War in High Resolution

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 of African American History, and the Newberry’s Professional Development Programs for Teachers.

Studs Terkel at the Bughouse Square Debates, 1975

April 2012

Join Us for the Studs Terkel Centenary

May 16 marks the 100th anniversary of Studs Terkel’s birth, and an occasion to memorialize one of the most prolific writers and cultural critics in the history of Chicago letters.

Newberry 2012 Purchase Prize Winner "Layered Play" by Lisa Kivland

April 2012

Stunning Calligraphic Works Showcased in "Exploration 2012" at the Newberry

Quotes from William Wordsworth, Robert F. Kennedy, A.A. Milne and other text have been transformed into beautiful works of printing and book arts, and are now featured at the Chicago Calligraphy Collective’s (CCC) 26th Annual Juried Exhibition, Exploration 2012, being hosted at the Newberry.

February 2012

Scott Turow and Judge Richard Posner to Discuss the Future of Authors, Books, and Libraries

Scott Turow and Judge Richard Posner will talk about the future of books, authors, and libraries in the digital age at the next “Conversations at the Newberry,” a new series of discussions to generate thought-provoking discourse for and frame important questions 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, followed by give and take with the audience.

January 2012

American Council of Learned Societies, Mellon Foundation Help Newberry Further Digital Initiatives

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has chosen the Newberry to host a two-year Public Fellow to work with the newly created Department of Digital Initiatives and Services to develop an integrated digital strategy for research and learning in the humanities. The Newberry is one of only 13 organizations in the country—and the only one in the Midwest—selected for the program, which will place recent PhD awardees from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at 13 government and nonprofit entities. Made possible by a grant from The Andrew W.

January 2012

Compact Shelving Project Complete

The Newberry has completed one of the most critical projects under the auspices of the Campaign for Tomorrow’s Newberry; the installation of compact shelving on three floors of its Stack Building. Made possible by the generous support of the late Gerald F. Fitzgerald, Sr., and his wife, Marjorie, the project has given the library a stunning 13.75 miles of new shelving and the equivalent of a full floor of additional storage. All materials are once again available for use.

Greene, Community College Teachers Tour Chicago's Pullman District in 2011

January 2012

Newberry Receives More Than $325,000 from NEH for Community College Program

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has granted the Newberry $326,803 to help community college faculty enrich their students’ learning in the area of American religious pluralism. Utilizing the Newberry’s rich collections and expertise, “Out of Many: Religious Pluralism in America” is a two-year, multi-day seminar program that will bring together 20 community college faculty to explore American religious pluralism through discussions with scholars in the field, public programs, and collaborative research focused on curriculum development.

"National Melodies," James Francis Driscoll Collection of American Sheet Music

December 2011

"Border Troubles in the War of 1812" Exhibition Now Open

Today most Americans remember the War of 1812 for inspiring Francis Scott Key to write “The Star Spangled Banner.” Many of the conflict’s most familiar events—the battle of New Orleans, impressment of American sailors into the British Navy, and the British assault on Washington D.C.—took place far away from the Great Lakes. Yet the war stretched through the United States’ northwestern territory to Fort Dearborn and beyond, and sparked fighting among Indians, Canadians, the British, and Americans.

A university student using a book from the Newberry collections for research

October 2011

The Newberry Story: A Short Film

So much happens every day at the Newberry. We challenged Kartemquin Films to capture the story of the Newberry—our activities, our people, our collections, our community. We’re delighted with the result and we invite you to see the Newberry Library for yourself.

Esther Bubley. Young commuter bound for school on suburban train.

October 2011

NEH Gives Newberry $300,000 for Railroad Archive Project

The Newberry Library is pleased to announce the start of a $300,000, two-and-one-half-year project to arrange, describe, and make electronically accessible the archives of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company (CB&Q), which comprise 2,760 linear feet of correspondence, minutes, photographs, land records, maps, promotional publications, financial records and other materials documenting company activities from 1840 to 1965. The project is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Preservation and Access.