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June 15, 2021
A group of 27 scholars will join our community as Newberry Fellows during the 2021-2022 academic year. Supported by funding from the Newberry and other partners, the fellows will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Newberry’s world-class collection while pursuing research on a diverse range of topics in the humanities. “We’re thrilled to welcome the incoming fellows to our community and support them as they use the Newberry’s collection to make new and exciting contributions to...
June 1, 2021
In a virtual celebration held May 24, the Newberry presented the 2021 Newberry Library Award to Lonnie G. Bunch III in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the humanities. As Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Bunch oversees 21 libraries, 19 museums, the National Zoo, and several research organizations and education centers. Before becoming Secretary in 2019, Bunch was the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), the country’s...
May 26, 2021
The Newberry Library and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México have formed a new partnership so that students, teachers, and scholars from both institutions can access, in person or virtually, resources and programs offered by the Newberry and UNAM. “Our institutions complement each other well, and we’re excited that students and teachers who travel to UNAM’s headquarters in Chicago will be able to take advantage of the additional educational opportunities from the Newberry,” said...
April 28, 2021
Since reopening our doors on Walton Street in March, we at the Newberry have been gradually resuming in-person activities while continuing to hold much of our programming online. With safety protocols and precautions in place, the library’s reading rooms, exhibition galleries, and Rosenberg Bookshop are open to the public. We’ll continue to “mask up,” observe social distancing standards, and engage in enhanced cleaning procedures throughout the building. As summer approaches, we look...
April 26, 2021
The Newberry Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Laura McEnaney as its next Vice President for Research and Academic Programs. In this role, McEnaney will direct Newberry fellowships and research centers; public programs and adult education seminars; and teacher and student programs. McEnaney, currently professor of history at Whittier College in Whittier, California, and Vice President of the Teaching Division of the American Historical Association, will join the Newberry...
March 9, 2021
Español The Newberry Library and its partners announce the launch of ¡Viva la Libertad!, an exhibition and series of public programs bringing together scholars, writers, artists, and community members to explore the independence struggles of the Americas and reflect on their legacies today. Looking back on the Age of Revolutions 200 years ago in Latin America and the United States, ¡Viva la Libertad! examines how new countries emerged from colonial rule, who gained...
February 17, 2021
The Newberry Library has acquired the archives of Mister Kelly’s, an iconic 20th-century Chicago nightclub, cultural hub, and launchpad for comedians and singers including Richard Pryor, Barbra Streisand, and many others. Founded in 1953 by George and Oscar Marienthal, Mister Kelly’s became one of Chicago’s best-known jazz and comedy venues, operating until 1975. The club was located just a few blocks from the Newberry, on Rush Street in the spot where Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse sits today...
January 13, 2021
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded the Newberry a grant of $185,000 to expand the library’s digital resources for teachers, students, and lifelong learners. The grant will enable the Newberry to digitize manuscripts of 13 prominent social reformers of twentieth-century Chicago. After being digitized, the materials will be freely accessible online to the public. Among the Newberry collections to be digitized are the papers of defense lawyer Clarence Darrow,...
September 14, 2020
The Newberry is pleased to announce that Blaire Topash-Caldwell has joined the library’s staff as Mellon Public Humanities Fellow. In this role, Topash-Caldwell will contribute to a multiyear project to expand access to the Newberry’s extensive Indigenous Studies collection. Supported by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project will align the Newberry’s institutional policies and actions with Native perspectives, cultural practices, and knowledge systems. Topash-...
September 9, 2020
On Friday, September 4, the Chicago City Council’s Committee on Health and Human Relations heard comments from the public regarding a proposal to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. As home to one of the strongest collections in the world on American Indian and Indigenous Studies as well as the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, the Newberry was invited to submit a letter in response to the proposal. Analú...

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