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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...
April 22, 2019
During an award ceremony to be held May 6 at the Newberry, Pulitzer-Prize-winning novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson will receive the 2019 Newberry Library Award for her contributions to and advocacy for the humanities. “Over the course of her more than 40-year career, Marilynne Robinson has used her fiction and non-fiction writing to explore questions at the very heart of humanistic inquiry—about selfhood, about history, about the various entanglement of politics and religion,...
March 13, 2019
The Newberry Library is delighted to announce the appointment of Daniel Greene as its next President and Librarian. Greene, who has served as Exhibitions Curator and Historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) since 2014 and Adjunct Professor of History at Northwestern University since 2013, will join the Newberry August 19. At that time, he will succeed David Spadafora, who has led the Newberry as President and Librarian since 2005. Spadafora announced his retirement...
February 28, 2019
On Saturday, February 23, the Newberry and its 13 project partners inaugurated a year-long series of public programs reckoning with the legacy of the 1919 Chicago race riots and their impact on the city’s social, political, and cultural landscape. The opening event, held at the DuSable Museum of African American History, set the template for subsequent programs in the series, engaging 240 attendees in thoughtful conversation about how racial inequity has been created, reinforced, and resisted...
January 22, 2019
The Newberry and its project partners announce Chicago 1919: Confronting the Race Riots, a year-long initiative to heighten the 1919 Chicago race riots in the city’s collective memory, engaging Chicagoans in public conversations about the legacy of the most violent week in Chicago history. The year of programming will begin Saturday, February 23, with an introductory public conversation at the DuSable Museum of African American History. “The 1919 race riots largely haven’t been...
January 15, 2019
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Herman Melville. To commemorate the author’s bicentenary, the Newberry will unveil a new exhibition January 18 devoted to Melville’s works and legacy. Displaying an array of items drawn from the Newberry’s collection, the exhibition traces the arc of Melville’s life and afterlife, from the marginal place in American letters he occupied during his lifetime to his current position at the center of the American literary canon. Melville:...
January 9, 2019
December 31, 2018 marked the successful conclusion of the Newberry’s First and Foremost comprehensive campaign, a two-year fundraising initiative to support the library’s vision for expanding access to its world-class collection and promoting learning in the humanities. In addition to increasing the Newberry’s resources for future exhibitions, public programs, research fellowships, and educational outreach, First and Foremost supported a $12.5 million renovation that...

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