Recent Acquisitions

Our active collecting activities each year bring to the Newberry far more books, manuscripts, and maps than can be highlighted or even listed here. From among the arrivals of recent years, we present a selection that exemplifies our collecting today.

Christine de Pisan
Case MS 5326
A sixteenth-century copy of an important work of the greatest female poet of the Middle Ages. In addition to Pisan’s work, the codex contains a miscellany of poetical texts of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, a number of which have never been edited.
J. Goldsborough Bruff
Map 6F G4411 1847 .B7
This printed map is a copy of Mexican General Arista's manuscript map, taken at the battle of Resaca de la Palma. This good luck provided the U.S. with geographic information they had not previously possessed.
Sieur de Beaulieu
Wing ZW 539 .B387
An extremely rare French calligraphic manual, a genre of book for which the Newberry’s collection is of international distinction. No other copy of this work is recorded in an American library. Our copy is currently being studied by a professor from the École des Chartes (Paris).
Midwest MS 38
This manuscript literary journal contains original works and copies of popular fiction. This interesting example of rural literary culture was accompanied by a manuscript diary which was written by a pioneer woman in Wisconsin and Illinois during 1841-1842 who was involved in the production of the Prairie Flower.
Case MS 200
These two manuscript fragments were written in northern Europe (perhaps Switzerland) in the second half of the 10th century. When acquired they formed the outer binding of a 17th century edition of a Jesuit commentary on Exodus, printed in Antwerp and subsequently bound in Berne. Conservation work at the Newberry revealed their highly legible patristic content (visible here), which varies significantly from the standard edition of Augustine's works.
Case MS 5327
An eight-stanza poem submitted for publication in a Baltimore, MD, area newspaper on the liberation from captivity of a certain Hugh Gibson from Indians in Pennsylvania some ten years earlier. An unique addition to the Ayer Collection’s famous holdings of captivity narratives. The events described occurred in 1756-1759.
Vault Case MS 198 (Newberry/Western Michigan MS 4)
An unstudied Dominican liturgical manuscript from the end of the Middle Ages. The Newberry has an exceptional collection of both manuscript and printed breviaries reflecting the uses of the various orders of the Catholic Church. This volume also complements the collection of rare printed books presented to the Library by the Dominican friars of the Province of St. Albert the Great in 2001-2002.
Andrew McKay
Vault Case MS 10029
Pocket diary of the 37th Iowa regiment known as the "Gray Beard Regiment," an infantry unit formed of healthy older men. The regiment guarded military prisons in Illinois. McKay died of disease at age 65 while in the service.
Raoul Auger Feuillet
Vault Case MS 5310
This is an unpublished translation of the original French printed text. The development of a graphic notation for the dance was a major artistic achievement of the Ancien regime France. This method of notation came to be used throughout Europe and facilitated the creation of a literary corpus on the dance that permitted contemporaries to perform dances they had never seen and consequently enables modern scholars to recreate achievements in dance which otherwise would have been forgotten. This manuscript documents the spread of Feuillet's notation to the Italian peninsula. The Newberry...
Vault Case MS 5312
A royal engineer's working map for the royal highway to Brittany that subsequently became known as Route nationale no. 12. The maps record planned road improvements.