News | Newberry
February 18, 2020
The Newberry Library and the National Council on Public History (NCPH) are pleased to announce that Chicago 1919: Confronting the Race Riots has earned the 2020 Outstanding Public History Project Award. The NCPH presents the award annually to a project “that contributes to a broader public reflection and appreciation of the past or that serves as a model of professional public history practice.” In 2019, the Newberry Library—in partnership with 13 cultural organizations in Chicago—led...
January 14, 2020
Groundbreaking poet and photojournalist Jun Fujita is the focus of a new exhibition presented by the Newberry Library and the Poetry Foundation. A multi-media experience comprising poetry, photographs, personal correspondence, and archival artifacts, Jun Fujita: American Visionary explores the life and career of one of Chicago’s master chroniclers. As the first Japanese American photojournalist, Fujita captured many of the most infamous moments in Chicago history, including the...
January 7, 2020
The Newberry Library has appointed Paul Durica as Director of Exhibitions, effective January 13, 2020. Collaborating with Newberry staff, scholars, and educators, as well as cultural institutions and community organizations in Chicago and beyond, Durica will lead the library’s efforts to mount dynamic exhibitions that enable visitors to engage with the Newberry’s rich collection. “We’re thrilled that Paul Durica will join the Newberry as we revitalize our exhibitions program,” said...
November 20, 2019
Midwest Time Machine, a new website from the Newberry Library, enables users to see the past through first-hand accounts of different figures, from a wealthy socialite in Chicago to a U.S. Army private who was part of the Lewis and Clark expedition. After a user chooses a “character,” they can peel back the layers of that person’s life by reading a sequence of primary sources from the Newberry’s archives. Combining images and interactive maps with letters and diaries transcribed online...
November 8, 2019
Sotheby’s today announced the winners of the 2019 Sotheby’s Prize, which celebrates curatorial excellence and champions the work of innovative institutions who strive to break new ground by exploring overlooked or underrepresented areas of art history. The Newberry is one of four institutions to earn a commendation and prize of $10,000 from Sotheby’s. The prize will support the Newberry’s upcoming exhibition Renaissance Invention: Stradanus’s “Nova Reperta.” Opening April 18, 2020, the...
October 25, 2019
On October 24, the Illinois chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) presented the Newberry Library and Ann Beha Architects (ABA) with the 2019 Crombie Taylor Award for Preservation and Restoration. The award recognizes the Newberry’s recent first-floor renovation for the dynamic ways it celebrates the architectural heritage of the library while introducing new design elements that enhance visitors’ experiences with Newberry collections and staff. Since re-opening the renovated...
August 15, 2019
The Newberry is pleased to announce that its Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for a four-week summer seminar in 2020 that will bring 16 schoolteachers to the Newberry to study the interplay between mapping and environmental knowledge across Pan-American history. The $120,000 NEH grant enables the Newberry to continue to provide valuable professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers....
August 13, 2019
The Eastland Disaster Historical Society (EDHS), now in its 21st year of honoring those affected by Chicago’s deadliest disaster, has announced it will transition from a family-run, not-for-profit organization to a key asset within several iconic Chicago area institutions including the Newberry, Chicago Genealogical Society, and the Chicago Maritime Museum. An agreement with the Newberry will bring much of EDHS’s comprehensive collection of photographs, family records, and historical...
June 12, 2019
The Newberry has launched a digital archive of over 26,000 high-quality images of picture postcards produced by pioneering British company Raphael Tuck & Sons during the first half of the 20th century. Drawing on a vast archive of postcards received by the Newberry in 2016 and developed with the support of Leonard A. Lauder, the new digital collection provides users with a comprehensive body of material for investigating the ways in which British citizens formed and disseminated...
May 9, 2019
The Newberry is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Rose Miron as the Director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, beginning July 8, 2019. Dr. Miron comes to the Newberry from the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition in Minneapolis, where she worked closely with tribal leaders to develop programs aimed at further understanding, addressing, and raising awareness about the inter-generational trauma resulting from...

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