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Founded in 1887, the Newberry Library is one of Chicago's most iconic cultural institutions. Our collections, programs, and exhibitions are a portal to more than six centuries of human history, from the Middle Ages to the present. This history lives on at the Newberry, where you can access some 1.6 million books, 600,000 maps, and 5 million manuscript pages documenting life in Europe and the Ameri

cas. A small fraction of these treasures appear in the Newberry's exhibition galleries. We can help you discover the rest in our reading rooms.

**No tickets or reservations are required to visit the galleries or reading rooms.

**Hours listed are reading room hours.

The Quincy Herald-Whig, a Quincy, IL newspaper, recently featured the Newberry in this piece about the Head family postc...
01/02/2024

The Quincy Herald-Whig, a Quincy, IL newspaper, recently featured the Newberry in this piece about the Head family postcard collection, which the Newberry acquired in 2023. Katherine and Warren Head, long-time residents of Palmyra, MO, collected thousands of postcards from the early 1900s, the 'golden age' of postcards. The Head family postcards are a valuable addition to the Newberry's collection and are now available for viewing in the Newberry Special Collections Reading Rooms.
https://www.newberry.org/news/acquisition-from-postcards-golden-age

"Lewis’ death shows that even those whom America reveres as the bravest of men struggle with mental illness. In his fina...
12/28/2023

"Lewis’ death shows that even those whom America reveres as the bravest of men struggle with mental illness. In his final moments, Lewis tried to immortalize his own strength in fighting an inner battle alone."

Former Newberry fellow, Jamie M. Bolker, writing for TIME Magazine, explores the life and death of Meriwether Lewis, and what they may reveal about contemporary experiences of loneliness, mental illness, and masculinity. Read the full piece at the link below.

https://time.com/6340942/meriwether-lewis-suicide-history/?fbclid=IwAR3P_s8XdY_tpo2mLrvUJeQyE7LhZz61IkpECiltwgCY4G8pA2HuI1ARu2c

Lacking a sufficient support system, Meriwether Lewis did not have anyone close enough to help him.

May joy and happiness attend your holidays! From the John I. Monroe collection of sports postcards. A reminder that we w...
12/22/2023

May joy and happiness attend your holidays! From the John I. Monroe collection of sports postcards. A reminder that we will be closed tomorrow, Sunday, and Christmas Day. ❄️

Description: a man in a gray hat, a red sweater and black pants holding hands and ice skating with a woman in a red hat, a green scarf, a white and red sweater, and a green striped skirt. Artistic postcard from late nineteenth century to the early twentieth century. Common themes include women, whimsical and romantic scenes, and buildings.

Closing soon! Explore the roots of race from the Middle Ages through 1800. The exhibition Seeing Race Before Race closes...
12/22/2023

Closing soon! Explore the roots of race from the Middle Ages through 1800. The exhibition Seeing Race Before Race closes one week from today, on December 29. Free and open to all in our Trienens Galleries.

We’re pleased to have loaned this 1517 Italian lute manuscript, now on display as part of the Chazen Museum’s Art of Ent...
12/21/2023

We’re pleased to have loaned this 1517 Italian lute manuscript, now on display as part of the Chazen Museum’s Art of Enterprise: Israhel van Meckenem’s 15th-Century Print Workshop, an exhibition in Madison, Wis., running through March 24. The vivid foxes in the songbook’s margins are drawn from van Meckenem’s Five Foxes engraving, also shown here.

We're pleased to share these images from Saturday's event, Celebrating the Holidays in Verse and Song, with the Shakespe...
12/21/2023

We're pleased to share these images from Saturday's event, Celebrating the Holidays in Verse and Song, with the Shakespeare Project of Chicago. The program was our last of 2023 and featured a reading of Clement Clark Moore’s 1837 A Visit from St. Nicholas among several others. Thanks to everyone who made our 2023 Public Programs a success!

A look back on  , all the way back to Nov. 29 and our close-up on Shostakovich's hilarious "The Nose," with Chicago Oper...
12/20/2023

A look back on , all the way back to Nov. 29 and our close-up on Shostakovich's hilarious "The Nose," with
Chicago Opera Theater - ! The program was a sneak peek at the opera that took place this month at Harris Theater.

Will Hansen, Curator of Americana at the Newberry, spoke with WTTW - Chicago PBS about "Indigenous Portraits Unbound," o...
12/11/2023

Will Hansen, Curator of Americana at the Newberry, spoke with WTTW - Chicago PBS about "Indigenous Portraits Unbound," our most recent exhibition, that opened in the Newberry's Hanson Gallery on November 28th. This exhibition features portraits of Indigenous people, mostly tribal leaders, from Thomas McKenney and James Hall's "History of the Indian Tribes of North America," one of the most imposing, influential, and expensive books published in the United States before the Civil War.

Check out the article from WTTW to learn more about what makes the portraits featured in this exhibition so special OR see them in person for FREE through March 30th!

On display at the Newberry Library are selections from “History of the Indian Tribes of North America,” a set of early 19th century books rich with imagery. It’s one of the earliest and best records of what Indigenous people, including Seneca and Black Hawk, actually looked like.

It's Giving Tuesday! Year-round at the Newberry, curious people from all walks of life gather to listen, to research, to...
11/28/2023

It's Giving Tuesday!

Year-round at the Newberry, curious people from all walks of life gather to listen, to research, to explore. The Newberry encourages the curious in their individual quests to learn more and dive deeper into the world around them. Help fuel curiosity this year and consider a tax-deductible gift to the Newberry to ensure that all who seek a place of learning find a home here.

From the preservation and conservation of collection items to fascinating speakers, illuminating exhibitions and so much more - nothing at the Newberry would be possible without the generosity of our donors!

Click the link below to learn more about how you can support our mission.

https://www.newberry.org/support/make-a-gift

New exhibition alert! "Indigenous Portraits Unbound: Reflections on Iconic Images of Resilience," goes on view today unt...
11/28/2023

New exhibition alert! "Indigenous Portraits Unbound: Reflections on Iconic Images of Resilience," goes on view today until March 30, 2024, in the Newberry's Hanson Gallery. Come take a closer look at one of the most imposing, influential, and expensive books published in the United States before the Civil War, Thomas McKenney and James Hall's "History of the Indian Tribes of North America." Published between 1837 and 1844, the book features 120 portraits of Indigenous people, mostly tribal leaders visiting Washington, DC, as part of official delegations to the federal government. In this exhibition, you can view the work as it is rarely seen, in its original form of publication: in twenty fascicles, or large pamphlets, containing lithographs of original paintings made by artists Charles Bird King and James Otto Lewis.

https://www.newberry.org/calendar/indigenous-unbound

Working with the Indigenous Studies collection is a personal journey for Analú María López (Huachichil/Xi'iui), Ayer Lib...
11/27/2023

Working with the Indigenous Studies collection is a personal journey for Analú María López (Huachichil/Xi'iui), Ayer Librarian and Assistant Curator of American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library. Analú writes in her recent blog post:

"As an Indigenous Librarian working at a Predominantly White Institution (PWI), negotiating my relationship with the Newberry feels different from my everyday life and lived experience as a community member accountable to an inter-tribal Indigenous community here in Chicago and in Latin America. My work does not exist in a vacuum; it is not simply for the institution; it is also for the numerous communities that I come from, with which I work, and with which I stand in solidarity. I am accountable to these communities, above all."

Read more from Analú as she describes her work bringing a vast array of Newberry materials to Nahua and other indigenous communities.

https://www.newberry.org/blog/working-with-indigenous-studies-collection-is-a-personal-journey

Image shows historical sixteenth century map of Tenochtitlan. VAULT Ayer 655.51 .C8 1524d

How ever you are celebrating this year, we hope you have a healthy and happy holiday weekend!
11/23/2023

How ever you are celebrating this year, we hope you have a healthy and happy holiday weekend!

The Newberry's Rose Miron writing in today's Chicago Tribune for   “Even after the first land cession in the 1795 Treaty...
11/22/2023

The Newberry's Rose Miron writing in today's Chicago Tribune for “Even after the first land cession in the 1795 Treaty of Greenville, the majority of the land we now call Chicago remained under Native control for several more decades, particularly by the Anishinaabeg, a confederation of Potawatomi, Ojibwe and Odawa people, who were the primary Indigenous nations in Chicago by this time. Few non-Native settlers lived in the area, and those who did depended on Anishinaabe people to survive.”

Rose is Director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies which since 1972 has brought together scholars, teachers, students, tribal historians, and Native community members to promote research and improve the representation of Native peoples and histories in education and writing.

Newberry - McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies

Long before Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, a dozen Indigenous nations used Chicago as a center for trade and had more permanent village sites.

“Even after the first land cession in the 1795 Treaty of Greenville, the majority of the land we now call Chicago remain...
11/22/2023

“Even after the first land cession in the 1795 Treaty of Greenville, the majority of the land we now call Chicago remained under Native control for several more decades, particularly by the Anishinaabeg, a confederation of Potawatomi, Ojibwe and Odawa people, who were the primary Indigenous nations in Chicago by this time. Few non-Native settlers lived in the area, and those who did depended on Anishinaabe people to survive,” Rose Miron, Director of Newberry - McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, writing in today’s Chicago Tribune.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-opinion-chicago-founding-story-native-americans-history-20231122-gxapoajx4bdfrmhct3zetholhi-story.html

Image featuring the 1779 imagining of Chicago from History of Chicago, From the Earliest Period to the Present Time In Three Volumes. Ayer 160.9 .A5 1884

There are just a few weeks left to apply for the Newberry's Short-Term Fellowship Program! The Newberry Library's long-s...
11/15/2023

There are just a few weeks left to apply for the Newberry's Short-Term Fellowship Program!

The Newberry Library's long-standing fellowship program provides outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship. In addition to the library's collections, fellows are supported by a collegial interdisciplinary community of researchers, curators, and librarians. An array of scholarly and public programs also contributes to an engaging intellectual environment. We invite interested individuals to apply for the Newberry's many short-term fellowship opportunities!

The deadline for short-term opportunities is December 15.

Click the following link for more information: https://www.newberry.org/research/fellowships/short-term-fellowships

There are still spots remaining for our upcoming class “The American Archetype!” This class, led by Elizabeth Newkirk, p...
11/13/2023

There are still spots remaining for our upcoming class “The American Archetype!” This class, led by Elizabeth Newkirk, provides a humanistic look into the two predominant American myths: the American Dream and the lone cowboy on the Western frontier. By outlining the moral consciousness of these myths, a discussion around the American archetypal hero will follow, exemplified by the midcentury comic hero, Batman; F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Gatsby;" Norman Rockwell's "The Connoisseur;" and George Gershwin's "An American in Paris."

The class will take place December 9 from 2-3:30pm and is available online! For more information or to register for the class, click the link below.

https://www.newberry.org/calendar/the-american-archetype

Batman Comic Book, 1940. Source: National Archives and Records Administration, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Check out our upcoming Center for Rennaissance Studies event “Race, Power, and Cartography.” Organized in collaboration ...
11/10/2023

Check out our upcoming Center for Rennaissance Studies event “Race, Power, and Cartography.” Organized in collaboration with the Chicago Maps Society, this event will explore the relationship between maps and race in two different cartographic projects from the early modern period.

Featured speakers: Ricardo Padrón and Risa Puleo.

Event will take place November 16, 5:30pm. This hybrid program is free and open to all. No registration is required to attend in person. To join the program on Zoom, click on the registration link below.

https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UWrtPUnQSiWDot6uAvJs3A #/registration

From the late fifteenth century onward, European colonization in the Americas brought together Indigenous peoples, West ...
11/09/2023

From the late fifteenth century onward, European colonization in the Americas brought together Indigenous peoples, West Africans, and white Europeans through violence, immigration, and enslavement. Outside observers were struck by this racial diversity. In this luxury manuscript about the Americas, an Ottoman Turkish artist created an image of light- and dark-skinned individuals standing side-by-side at the Potosí silver mine in what is now Bolivia, a site operated with enslaved labor.

See this manuscript and other artifacts in person at our current exhibition, Seeing Race Before Race, open until December 29.

Tarih-i Yeni Dünya, el-musemma be hadis-i nev (A history of the India to the west)
Turkey, ca. 1600?
Manuscript on glazed paper with painted illuminations
Edward E. Ayer Collection

11/08/2023

Today marks the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare’s First Folio! When Shakespeare died in 1616, only about half of his plays had been published, and it wasn’t until 1623 that a group of his colleagues and friends raised funds to print a folio edition of some of his collected works, without which many of his plays, including TWELFTH NIGHT may have been lost to time.

Want to learn more about the First Folio? Our founder Barbara Gaines recently had a conversation with fellow Shakespeare director Gregory Doran and Newberry Library curator Jill Gage.

Check out the full conversation at the link below!

Free tickets still remain for Tuesday night's event with Congo Square Theatre! Explore how race was understood and perfo...
11/02/2023

Free tickets still remain for Tuesday night's event with Congo Square Theatre! Explore how race was understood and performed on the early modern stage through dynamic performances including "Wives as They Were and Maids as They Are" and "Titus Andronicus." We will consider the legacy of pre-1800 theater in contemporary Black performance as part of a dynamic conversation featuring Vanessa Corredera, Allen Gilmore, and Ericka Ratcliff. Featured as part of our Seeing Race Before Race exhibition. https://www.newberry.org/calendar/performing-race-past-and-present Congo Square Theatre Company

Artistic postcards of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century often depicted whimsical scenes, in this case a ma...
10/31/2023

Artistic postcards of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century often depicted whimsical scenes, in this case a man with a head of a pumpkin driving a red car with two pumpkins in front. From the John I. Monroe collection of sports postcards. 🎃

Our application deadline for long-term fellowships is coming up Nov. 1. Researchers with long-term fellowships spend fou...
10/27/2023

Our application deadline for long-term fellowships is coming up Nov. 1. Researchers with long-term fellowships spend four to nine months immersed in our collection and our community of learning while pursuing significant works of scholarship. Learn more: https://newberry.org/research/fellowships/long-term-fellowships

October is Railroad History Month and here's a   post from our collection of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad C...
10/26/2023

October is Railroad History Month and here's a post from our collection of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company records. The Burlington Zephyr may be recognizable to those who have visited the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Here's a 1948 image of a straddle crane equipped with large rolling brushes, spraying jets of water and washing the dome windows. From Chicago's 14th Street passenger yards. Explore our digitized Railroads collection here: https://collections.newberry.org/C.aspx?VP3=DamView&VBID=2KXJA4MB5B5B

Historian Elizabeth Ellis (Peoria Nation of Oklahoma) will deliver this year's McNickle Distinguished Lecture on the eve...
10/25/2023

Historian Elizabeth Ellis (Peoria Nation of Oklahoma) will deliver this year's McNickle Distinguished Lecture on the evening of November 2. The series celebrates Indigenous scholars, writers, and artists who consistently demonstrate excellence in their work concerning Indigenous peoples and histories and who actively address contemporary issues faced by American Indian and Indigenous communities. Ms. Ellis is Associate Professor of History at Princeton University, specializing in early American and Native American history with a research focus on the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century south.

Register for the in-person event or livestream:

https://www.newberry.org/calendar/darcy-mcnickle-distinguished-lecture-with-ellizabeth-ellis

Newberry - McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies

Tomorrow evening! Tickets remain for a free conversation about the state of American theater between noted Shakespeare d...
10/23/2023

Tomorrow evening! Tickets remain for a free conversation about the state of American theater between noted Shakespeare directors Nataki Garrett and Eric Ting. In this installment of "Conversations at the Newberry," two BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) former leaders of west coast Shakespeare theaters—Garrett, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Ting, California Shakespeare Theater—reflect back upon their tenures, the challenges they faced, and the systems they wrestled against. https://www.newberry.org/calendar/two-fish-swimming

Join Nataki Garrett and Eric Ting as they discuss the systemic challenges facing BIPOC theater directors in an unprecede...
10/19/2023

Join Nataki Garrett and Eric Ting as they discuss the systemic challenges facing BIPOC theater directors in an unprecedented moment of vulnerability in the American theater. Seats remain, in-person or online: Newberry Library | Two Fish Swimming Upstream: Finding Creative…

Harriet Monroe's extraordinary life and work gave the world "Poetry," since 1912 one of our most exciting and enduring m...
10/16/2023

Harriet Monroe's extraordinary life and work gave the world "Poetry," since 1912 one of our most exciting and enduring magazines, providing “the best English verse which is being written today, regardless of where, by whom, or under what theory of art it is written.” Join us Thursday night for this free event featuring Liesl Olson, Director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and former Director of Chicago Studies at the Newberry Library. Register for in-person or the livestream here: https://www.newberry.org/calendar/harriet-monroe-the-open-door Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

Explore the life of Harriet Monroe with Liesl Olson

The Newberry Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Astrida Orle Tantillo as its tenth President and Libraria...
10/13/2023

The Newberry Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Astrida Orle Tantillo as its tenth President and Librarian. She joins the Newberry from the University of Illinois Chicago, where she served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 2012 to 2022 and is currently Professor of Germanic Studies and History. Astrida will begin in her new role on December 1, 2023. Welcome, Astrida! Read the full announcement on our website. https://newberry.org/news/tantillo

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