News | Newberry
May 10, 2020
As we face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, the Newberry’s community remains active online, finding meaning and comfort in digital collections, virtual programs, and interactive opportunities. Of course, we’re looking forward to safely welcoming the public back into the library, though the Newberry will stay closed until the State of Illinois eases restrictions on gatherings at cultural institutions. I’m writing today with an update on how the Newberry will handle summer programming...
April 14, 2020
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the Newberry $382,500—plus an additional $180,000 in matching grants—to support the library’s long-standing fellowship program. The grant funding enables the Newberry to continue supporting scholars over the next three years as they pursue new research using the library’s diverse collections in the humanities. “The Newberry’s fellowship program lets tremendously talented scholars work intensively with our collections and also...
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...

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