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Newberry Library The Newberry is a library and a portal to more than six centuries of human history. Visit our website for exhibition and bookstore hours.

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.

More from "Recipes of the Plains Indians," a   that offers a glimpse into how Native communities have maintained their c...
01/12/2023

More from "Recipes of the Plains Indians," a that offers a glimpse into how Native communities have maintained their culinary traditions despite centuries of settler colonialism.

Analú López, assistant curator of American Indian and Indigenous Studies, writes about how this recipe book is just one example of how Native communities have continued to exercise their food sovereignty.

Learn more about this pamphlet and its connections to Indigenous food sovereignty on our blog: https://www.newberry.org/blog/indigenous-food-sovereignty

We're thrilled to receive a grant from the GGaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundationfor "Indigenous Chicago," which will r...
01/11/2023

We're thrilled to receive a grant from the GGaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundationfor "Indigenous Chicago," which will result in an exhibition, new oral histories, K-12 teaching materials, and more.

The grant is part of the Donnelley Foundation's "Broadening Narratives" initiative to illuminate underrepresented stories.

Learn about "Indigenous Chicago": https://www.newberry.org/research/research-centers/mcnickle-center/projects -chicago

That's...sweet? Whatever it is, it's not how we expected this 16th-century lute tab to end.It's no secret how much we lo...
01/11/2023

That's...sweet? Whatever it is, it's not how we expected this 16th-century lute tab to end.

It's no secret how much we love this manuscript of lute music by Vincenzo Capirola. Each page is decorated with vivid illustrations of animals either peacefully coexisting or viciously biting into each other. The illustration on the final page is a total outlier.

[VAULT Case MS minus VM 140 .C25]

Who needs a neck pillow when you've got a capital V?The initial V is for “vera (sapientia)” or true (wisdom). The text c...
01/10/2023

Who needs a neck pillow when you've got a capital V?

The initial V is for “vera (sapientia)” or true (wisdom). The text comes from "Ad Sapientiam introductio," Spanish humanist Juan Luis Vives's treatise on wisdom. NB: By "wisdom," Vives meant theological knowledge rather than scientific knowledge.

["Ad Sapientiam introductio," ca. 1574. Wing MS ZW 5465 .C312]

🪶 💓  Through her "marbled vignettes," Norma Rubovits showcased the artistic possibilities of paper marbling. There's ple...
01/09/2023

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Through her "marbled vignettes," Norma Rubovits showcased the artistic possibilities of paper marbling. There's plenty more where this came from, and each one is an absolute gem. The Norma Rubovits papers at the Newberry comprise Rubovits's output as well as the work of other marbling artists.

[Wing Modern MS Rubo: Series 4, Box 15, #871]

It's the first fore-edge Friday of 2023. We all deserve to take a moment to gaze upon this elaborate binding of Paradise...
01/06/2023

It's the first fore-edge Friday of 2023. We all deserve to take a moment to gaze upon this elaborate binding of Paradise Regained by Sangorski & Sutcliffe (1910s/20s).

Established in 1901, Sangorski & Sutcliffe did fine bindings of all sorts. They were best known for extravagant jeweled binding like the one you see here.

[Paradise Regain'd, 1758. Binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. VAULT Case folio Y 185 .M6376a v. 2]

The Newberry recently acquired a small pamphlet (ca. 1975) containing traditional recipes from Native people of the Grea...
01/05/2023

The Newberry recently acquired a small pamphlet (ca. 1975) containing traditional recipes from Native people of the Great Plains, such as the Mandan and Oceti Sakowin. The pamphlet, titled “Recipes of the Plains Indians,” offers a glimpse into how Native communities have maintained culinary traditions despite centuries of settler colonialism.

Now on our blog: Analú López, assistant curator of American Indian and Indigenous Studies, writes about this pamphlet how it relates to Indigenous food sovereignty. According to Analú, the recipe book is just one example of how Native communities exercise food sovereignty by utilizing and growing traditional foods and revitalizing ancestral gardens within an urban environment.

Analú also recently made one of the recipes from the recipe book!

Read more on our blog: https://www.newberry.org/blog/indigenous-food-sovereignty

There's no "I" in team (although there is an "I" in the beginning of Genesis). A couple of putti team up to move an init...
01/03/2023

There's no "I" in team (although there is an "I" in the beginning of Genesis).

A couple of putti team up to move an initial "I" into place in John Rogers's 1537 edition of the Bible.

[The Byble which is all the Holy Scripture. Printed by Matthew Crom for Richard Grafton and Edward Whitchurch of London. 1537. VAULT Case folio C 217 .537]

New year, new us. We're going to take a page out of lit critic F***y Butcher’s diary, where she noted her resolutions fo...
01/01/2023

New year, new us. We're going to take a page out of lit critic F***y Butcher’s diary, where she noted her resolutions for 1934, including "take living more calmly."

[F***y Butcher's New Year 1934 diary entry. Midwest MS Butcher-Additions Box 2]

We'll have the stuffed milk pig. What about you? Ring in the New Year with this NYE menu (printed on silk!) from 1891.[M...
12/31/2022

We'll have the stuffed milk pig. What about you? Ring in the New Year with this NYE menu (printed on silk!) from 1891.

[Menu from the California Hotel, San Francisco. 1891. Case Wing TX739.2 .N49 1890]

December 30 is Rizal Day in the Philippines, marking the anniversary of the ex*****on of Philippine national hero José R...
12/30/2022

December 30 is Rizal Day in the Philippines, marking the anniversary of the ex*****on of Philippine national hero José Rizal in 1896. Rizal is known for his political writings in support of Filipino nationalism and against Spanish colonial rule. His writings helped inspire the Philippine Revolution (1896-1898).

In addition to his work as a writer and activist, Rizal was versed in medicine, anatomy, & literature. A notebook he kept in the 1880s documents his active mind. Read more about this notebook and the lessons we glean from it on our blog: https://www.newberry.org/blog/rizal-before-rizal-lessons-from-his-notebook

Tanya McQuoid's outfits as marbled paper.  Marbled art by:1. Elizabeth Kner2. Norma Rubovits3. Ahmet Saral4. Norma Rubov...
12/29/2022

Tanya McQuoid's outfits as marbled paper.

Marbled art by:

1. Elizabeth Kner

2. Norma Rubovits

3. Ahmet Saral

4. Norma Rubovits

[From the Norma Rubovits papers: Wing Modern MS Rubo]

One of the rarest writing books around: Pierre Hamon's collection of different styles (1567).Why so rare? Hamon was secr...
12/28/2022

One of the rarest writing books around: Pierre Hamon's collection of different styles (1567).

Why so rare? Hamon was secretary to King Charles IX. In 1569, he was accused of forging the king's signature. Before he was executed, he was ordered to destroy all copies of his handwriting instruction books.

You can learn more about this ill-fated book in our "Show of Hands" exhibition. See it before it closes 12/30!

About the exhibition: https://www.newberry.org/calendar/a-show-of-hands

The calendar of winter adult education classes is now up on our site! Wrap your head around a range of thought-provoking...
12/28/2022
Adult Education Classes

The calendar of winter adult education classes is now up on our site! Wrap your head around a range of thought-provoking topics, from lovesickness to fairy tale archetypes to Indigenous star knowledge.

Led by experts in a variety of fields, our adult education classes can help you jumpstart or elevate your next learning endeavor.

It’s been an incredible year of public programs here at the Newberry. Thank you to all our speakers, performers, and att...
12/28/2022

It’s been an incredible year of public programs here at the Newberry. Thank you to all our speakers, performers, and attendees. See you in 2023!

Check out video recordings of past Newberry public programs on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA6qRZ3gfQFZZ1i9894ANC8cBvOoqhemh

Photos courtesy of Anne Ryan and John Zich.

After 100 years in business, the beloved Dinkel's Bakery closed its doors this past spring. Though we can no longer enjo...
12/24/2022

After 100 years in business, the beloved Dinkel's Bakery closed its doors this past spring. Though we can no longer enjoy their famed German holiday treats (pfeffernusse, stollen, and black forest cakes), the legacy of this Chicago institution lives on.

The Newberry recently acquired the archives of Dinkel's, which includes store blueprints, a recipe book, mail order catalogs and brochures, financial ledgers, holiday planning and sales records, correspondence, and photographs.

Also included in the collection are the bakery's holiday menus like the ones pictured here (ca. 2010s).

Greetings from Chicago. [Arctic toy theater set, 1880s. Chromolithographs on paper, mounted on cardboard. Fitzgerald fol...
12/23/2022

Greetings from Chicago.

[Arctic toy theater set, 1880s. Chromolithographs on paper, mounted on cardboard. Fitzgerald folio G610 .A73 1881]

Due to the winter weather conditions in Chicago, the Newberry will be closed Friday, December 23. We will reopen after t...
12/22/2022

Due to the winter weather conditions in Chicago, the Newberry will be closed Friday, December 23. We will reopen after the holiday weekend on Tuesday at 10am. Be safe and well, everyone.

[Trade card for McLaughlin's Coffee, 19th century. Case Wing ZC 3 .166]

So...the bearded guy wearing a red coat in a sleigh driven by reindeer? Not Santa. (This map is from 1598, which predate...
12/22/2022

So...the bearded guy wearing a red coat in a sleigh driven by reindeer? Not Santa. (This map is from 1598, which predates our modern image of Santa by a few hundred years.)

The figure instead represents someone from a group of people living in northwestern Russia known as the Samoyed.

The detail comes from a map of the Arctic that is based on the expeditions of William Barentsz. In addition to this Santa-like figure, the map is teeming with other flourishes like seals and sea monsters. Barentsz used them to fill in the incomplete coastlines he wasn't able to fully traverse while exploring the region.

Learn more about this map on our blog. Curator of Maps David Weimer has the scoop: https://www.newberry.org/blog/a-1598-map-with-seals-sea-monsters-and-santa

The calendar for the Winter/Spring term of our adult education classes just posted! Wrap your head around a range of tho...
12/19/2022
Adult Education Classes

The calendar for the Winter/Spring term of our adult education classes just posted!

Wrap your head around a range of thought-provoking subjects, from ❤️‍🔥 lovesickness and 🐳 Moby Dick to 🌟 Indigenous star knowledge and 🧙‍♂️ fairy tale archetypes.

Registration opens January 18. View the calendar:

Led by experts in a variety of fields, our adult education classes can help you jumpstart or elevate your next learning endeavor.

Best holiday wishes (and STRONG wishes for all the nicest things) from none other than Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway sent ...
12/19/2022

Best holiday wishes (and STRONG wishes for all the nicest things) from none other than Ernest Hemingway.

Hemingway sent this Christmas card to friend (and literary critic) F***y Butcher.

[Midwest MS Butcher Series 1: Correspondence Box 4, Folder 236]

There's a new gold standard for holiday card artistry and it's this. This Santa-initial-D appears in a Jan. 7, 1969 lett...
12/16/2022

There's a new gold standard for holiday card artistry and it's this. This Santa-initial-D appears in a Jan. 7, 1969 letter from designer Rodney Chirpe to fellow designer and calligrapher Raymond DaBoll.

[Wing Modern MS DaBoll: Box 4, Folder 110]

Ruth Page’s production of “The Nutcracker,” sponsored by the Chicago Tribune Charities, was first danced in 1965. Perfor...
12/14/2022

Ruth Page’s production of “The Nutcracker,” sponsored by the Chicago Tribune Charities, was first danced in 1965. Performed annually at the Arie Crown Theater in McCormick Place, this Christmas engagement became a cherished local tradition. (One Chicago Tribune critic even called it “A Christmas bonbon of a ballet.” High praise!) Pictured here are programs and a magazine featuring the beloved annual performance.

These pieces are part of the Edna L. McRae papers at the Newberry, which includes correspondence, biographical items, photographs, and more that span McRae’s life and career as a dancer and Chicago ballet teacher. From 1965 to 1972, McRae served as associate director for Ruth Page’s annual Nutcracker ballet.

[Dance MS McRae, Box 9, Folders 181 & 183]

Can you guess whose handwriting this is? They heavily annotated their copy of Walter Besant's "The Pen and the Book" (18...
12/12/2022

Can you guess whose handwriting this is?

They heavily annotated their copy of Walter Besant's "The Pen and the Book" (1899)

Hint: This person was a famous 19th-c American author.

If you've ever wondered if you could use the Newberry collection for research/learning/a generally transcendent experien...
12/12/2022
Use the Collection in Person

If you've ever wondered if you could use the Newberry collection for research/learning/a generally transcendent experience, the answer is yes.

Learn how:

Get your hands on the Newberry's unique collection of books, maps, and primary sources.

Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, commemorating the date in 1531 when the Virgin Mary appeared for the la...
12/12/2022

Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, commemorating the date in 1531 when the Virgin Mary appeared for the last time to Juan Diego, an Indigenous Mexican peasant.

[Case folio BT660.G8 A95 1669]

Did you know we have our own typeface?  Known as “Newberry Bindery” or “Newberry Detterer,” the typeface was created by ...
12/09/2022

Did you know we have our own typeface?

Known as “Newberry Bindery” or “Newberry Detterer,” the typeface was created by Ernst Detterer, curator of our Wing collection on the history of printing from 1931-1947. Detterer’s goal was to design a legible and clear typeface that would stand out in the library’s dimly lit stacks.

With the help of designer Robert Hunter Middleton, Newberry Detterer was born. The typeface was self-spacing, meaning additional sorts (blocks with typographic characters etched on them) weren’t required for separating the letters. This made the typeface efficient to use in addition to being easy to read.

Even though we no longer produce as many bookbindings as we once did, our conservation department continues to use Newberry Detterer on protective cases and boxes they make for the books in our collection.

Learn more about Newberry Detterer on our blog: https://www.newberry.org/blog/just-our-type

Our reading rooms will be closed Fri, 12/9. We'll reopen for all your research needs Sat, 12/10 at 10am.
12/08/2022
Visit

Our reading rooms will be closed Fri, 12/9. We'll reopen for all your research needs Sat, 12/10 at 10am.

More than 600 years of human history are waiting to be discovered in the Newberry's reading rooms, exhibition galleries, classrooms, and event spaces.

Thanks to everyone who attended our calligraphy workshop with the Chicago Calligraphy Collective last weekend. If you co...
12/08/2022

Thanks to everyone who attended our calligraphy workshop with the Chicago Calligraphy Collective last weekend.

If you couldn't make it, you can still find handwriting inspo in our "Show of Hands" exhibit. Free + open through 12/30: https://www.newberry.org/calendar/a-show-of-hands

THURS, 12/8, 1PM CT -- Stop by for a free guided tour of the Newberry. Learn about our history, architecture, general aw...
12/07/2022
Guided Tour of the Newberry

THURS, 12/8, 1PM CT -- Stop by for a free guided tour of the Newberry. Learn about our history, architecture, general awesomeness, etc.

Travel back to 1893, the year the Newberry building opened to the public. On this guided tour, you’ll learn about the Newberry’s iconic architecture and extensive history.

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