Proactive collection development is paramount to the Newberry’s mission of serving research in the humanities. Each potential acquisition the library considers is intensely scrutinized with the goal of selecting unusual and evocative books and manuscripts most likely to challenge opinions, expand knowledge, kindle the imagination, and stimulate original research.
Wing ZP 539 .F9286
Ulrich Zwingli (1484-1531), briefly a Dominican friar, trained as a university theologian and a Roman Catholic priest, became in the second and third decades of the sixteenth century the principal leader of the Reformation in German-speaking Switzerland. Like Luther, he availed himself of the printing press and the vernacular to reach a broad lay audience. Der Hirt or The Shepherd exemplifies the new popular spirituality of the Reformation, which was dependent on the technology of printing. Christopher Froschauer (d.
Hope Abelson Papers Box 1 Folder 5
This manuscript forms part of the Hope Abelson Papers, which contain scripts, theater mementos, correspondence, financial documents, photographs, audio recordings, and video recordings related to Abelson’s Chicago and New York theater career, her many philanthropic activities relating in particular to Chicago theater, and her personal life.
VAULT Case BS2485 .C34 1519
An important and little-studied document in the debate among humanists regarding the identity of Mary Magdalene. Jacques Lefèvre d'Etaples initiated this discussion and for which the was excommunicated. He remained, however, a Catholic. Extremely rare, only about six copies known, none in North America.
Wing folio ZP 994 .T23
An important Argentinian artist's book, containing 6 etchings by Leopoldo Presas. Only 3 copies recorded in American libraries. The Newberry emphasizes the acquisition of examples of twentieth century fine printing and book illustration from Latin America.
Vault folio Ruggles 459
A very rare anti-Jackson journal produced by "Tar Feathers & Company." The Library has also acquired three issues of The friend of reform and corruption's adversary (Cincinnati, 1828), a rare pro Andrew Jackson campaign periodical.
Case oversize E166 .U557 1847
Produced by map maker Humphrey Phelps, this broadside displays an array of images presented with a compendium of diverse facts, including lists of principal railroads, canals, Indians, Presidents of the United States, etc., as well as brief descriptions of Oregon and Texas.
Case Wing miniature PC2115 .S48 1830
An anonymous artist's manual for children. Among its six color plates are three images depicting the art of engraving and printing with movable type.
Case MS 212 (Newberry/Western Michigan MS 6)
A necrology recording in its columns the death of laymen including prominent aristocrats and their bequests to a small parish church adjacent to the château of Nangis (which belonged to the family of Bouchard-Montmorency; the name of Bouchard de Montmorency is the sole entry written in red). The bequests endowed commemorative prayers; some names have been cancelled in pen, perhaps because the donation was insufficient. The book also includes a list of the lands owned by the parish making the book a kind of cartulary or reference book for the spiritual and temporal assets of the church.