The Center for Renaissance Studies promotes the use of the Newberry collection by graduate students and postgraduate scholars in the fields of late medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies (c. 1300 – c. 1750), making available programs that may not be feasible for individual institutions to mount alone.
Founded in 1979, the Center works with an international consortium of universities in North America and the United Kingdom. It offers a wide range of scholarly programs and digital and print publications based in the Newberry collection, and provides a locus for a community of scholars who come from all over the world to use the library’s early manuscripts, printed books, and other materials.
Faculty and graduate students from consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grants to travel to the Newberry to attend programs or do research.
Interested researchers should consult the Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies core collection details for an introduction to navigating the Newberry’s extensive Renaissance and early modern collections.
Funding for the Center is provided in part by the Bernard P. McElroy Fund in Renaissance Studies.
News and announcements
- Monday, November 3, is the application deadline for our spring 10-week graduate seminar, Lives and Deeds: Writing Biography in the Middle Ages, led by Jonathan Lyon.
- Saturday, January 31, is the application deadline for the March 2015 Research Methods Workshop for Early Career Graduate Students, Introduction to Medieval Studies at the Newberry, led by Karen Christianson.
- The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Newberry $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. The project will run for 24 months, from January 1, 2014, to December 31, 2015. The Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies will direct the project in collaboration with Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance, which partners with the University of Toronto Libraries’ Information Technology Services Unit; and with the Center for Digital Humanities at Saint Louis University.
Carla Zecher is a literary text editor and advisory board member for Lost Voices: Du Chemin (a companion resource to Les Livres de Chansons Nouvelles de Nicolas Duchemin, 1549-1568, hosted by the Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance in Tours, France). This ongoing digital project on sixteen sets of mid-sixteenth-century partbooks published by the Parisian printer Du Chemin encompasses digital facsimiles of the books; modern editions of the music; commentaries on the music, poetry, and the place of the set in Renaissance print culture; and a project to reconstruct some eighty compositions for which only two of the original four voices survive. See also the Editor’s Forum.
- Early Modern Conversions: Religions, Cultures, Cognitive Ecologies. The Center is one of eighteen international partners in this five-year project to rethink early modern Europe as an “age of conversion.” The project will involve both scholars and artists and will entail creative programs as well as workshops and conferences, to engage multiple public audiences.
- The five-year Gannon Initiative will make the Newberry one of the nation’s premier centers for research on early modern religion, individually cataloging more than 8,000 items in our collections.
- Explore our experimental online monograph, Humanism for Sale: Making and Marketing Schoolbooks in Italy, 1450-1650, by Paul F. Gehl, and learn about using the site as an interactive text in the classroom.
- The Newberry has recently completed a project to catalog 22,000 early modern French pamphlets. See the catalogers’ blog, French Pamphlet Collections at the Newberry, for updates on what they have discovered, and also this collection description, with tips for searching the catalog for these materials.
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