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Newberry Library Bringing researchers and visitors straight to the source of history, literature, and other endlessly fascinating subjects in the humanities. Free and open to all since 1887.
At the Newberry Library, visitors and researchers explore centuries of human history, from the Middle Ages to the present. The library’s collection—some 1.6 million books, 600,000 maps, and 5 million manuscript pages—connects people directly to the past, and is accessible to all in Newberry reading rooms, program spaces, exhibition galleries, and online digital resources. Since its founding in 1887, the Newberry has remained dedicated to deepening our collective understanding of ourselves and the world around us. As individuals engage with Newberry collections and staff, they discover stories that bridge the past and present and illuminate the human condition. The Newberry’s community of discovery is driven by a shared commitment to promoting research, inspiring learning, and using inquiry across the humanities as a tool for engaging critically in a vibrant democratic society.
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Let our map collection whisk you away to destinations across the space/time continuum. You wanted to go to Ireland, so o...
05/28/2020

Let our map collection whisk you away to destinations across the space/time continuum. You wanted to go to Ireland, so off we go––courtesy of Abraham Ortelius's "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum" (1588).

In this map, Dublin is marked with two large crosses, signifying its status as the seat of an archbishopric. Can you spot any other cities and towns in the map detail?

Also included is a full map of the Emerald Isle. Notice anything unusual?

How to recycle paper the old-fashioned way. ✍️♻️✍️.Whether he meant to be eco-friendly or not, the writer of this letter...
05/27/2020

How to recycle paper the old-fashioned way. ✍️♻️✍️
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Whether he meant to be eco-friendly or not, the writer of this letter knew how to conserve paper: when he ran out of space, he just flipped the sheet upside down and kept right on going.
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[Letter from Isaac Metcalf to his mother. Boston. January 25, 1837. Isaac Stevens Metcalf Papers. Midwest MS Metcalf] #manuscripts #letters #penmanship #writing #correspondence #archives

05/26/2020
Virtual Travel via "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum"

Jim Akerman, the Newberry's Curator of Maps + Director of Virtual Travel, is your tour guide for this trip around the world via Abraham Ortelius's "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum"––widely considered the first modern world atlas.

Stop 1: Antarctica (1:05)

Stop 2: Iceland (3:54)

Stop 3: Ireland (7:04)

Stop 4: Ottoman Empire (9:00)

Stop 5: Florida (11:07)

If you’re taking a stroll through Graceland Cemetery, stop by the grave of Walter L. Newberry, whose vision for a “free ...
05/24/2020

If you’re taking a stroll through Graceland Cemetery, stop by the grave of Walter L. Newberry, whose vision for a “free public library” led to the founding of the Newberry Library in 1887. Newberry himself didn’t live to see the opening of the institution. He died in 1868, leaving a bequest for the library that would go into effect if his two children died without heirs (which came to pass in 1874 and 1876, respectively).
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Newberry first came to Chicago in 1833, speculated in land recently dispossessed from Native Americans, and built a fortune through real estate and shipping. He was an active philanthropist and civic leader who served several terms as president of the Chicago Board of Education and as president of the Chicago Historical Society.

When you’re embellishing a calligraphic “Q” and one creepy face just isn’t enough. .This initial "Q" was probably create...
05/22/2020

When you’re embellishing a calligraphic “Q” and one creepy face just isn’t enough.
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This initial "Q" was probably created sometime in the late 16th century. The dragon shooting out of the top was likely part of the original drawing; the faces were a later addition.
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[Calligraphic initial "Q." 1590? VAULT Wing MS folio ZW 141 .59 v. 2.] #calligraphy #initials #illustrations #earlymodern

CAPTION CONTEST!!!.[A goodly prymer in Englysshe. Church of England. London. 1538. Case C 8726 .537] #earlymodern #engla...
05/21/2020

CAPTION CONTEST!!!
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[A goodly prymer in Englysshe. Church of England. London. 1538. Case C 8726 .537] #earlymodern #england #woodcuts #illustrations

Let our map collection whisk you away to destinations across the space/time continuum. You wanted to go to Venice, so of...
05/20/2020

Let our map collection whisk you away to destinations across the space/time continuum. You wanted to go to Venice, so off we go––courtesy of Giovanni Merlo's 1676 map of the city. The map's details display the rich diversity of civic and religious life in early modern Venice.

1. Aerial view

2. Piazza San Marco. During the days of the Venetian Republic, the piazza in front of Basilica di San Marco became a grand stage for public processions celebrating Venice’s religious and political history.

3. Santa Maria della Salute. In 1630, plague decimated Venice. In response, this government-sponsored church was built and dedicated to the Virgin Mary as intercessor for the health of the city.

4. The Jewish Ghetto. On March 29, 1516, the Venetian Senate ordered all Jews residing in the city to move to the Ghetto Nuovo (identified as "Il Ghetto" here). Jews were free to traverse Venice’s streets, squares, and canals during the daytime hours. However, they had to return to the ghetto at sunset when they would be locked behind guarded gates.

5. Rialto Bridge

#maps #cartography #travel #virtualtravel #italy #venice #tourism #virtualtourism

Rad home office, but the care and storage of books could be...better.[In Terentium familiarissima interpretatio. Guy Jou...
05/19/2020

Rad home office, but the care and storage of books could be...better.

[In Terentium familiarissima interpretatio. Guy Jouenneaux. Lyon. 1493. Folio Inc. 8602] #terence #woodcuts #incunables #printinghistory #books

Natural remedies for the plague called for ingredients like cannabis, saffron, blood of badgers, & hydroxychloroquine. (...
05/19/2020
Fighting the Plague with Herbal Remedies | Newberry

Natural remedies for the plague called for ingredients like cannabis, saffron, blood of badgers, & hydroxychloroquine. (jk about that last one.)

Learn more on our blog 🔽

Renaissance self-medicating was a tricky business without antibiotics or vaccines. As with our pandemic, the biggest threats to humanity included exposure to airborne contagion (then vaguely understood as a noxious miasma, or bad air) and inconsistent medical advice. The Black Death subsided around....

TFW _______. Help us complete the caption. [Author, poet, & editor Malcolm Cowley, 1971]. #mondaymood #mondays #literatu...
05/18/2020

TFW _______. Help us complete the caption.

[Author, poet, & editor Malcolm Cowley, 1971]. #mondaymood #mondays #literature #archives #reading

05/17/2020

If you could travel right now, where would you want to go?

Tell us, and we’ll try to take you there virtually w/ our map collection. 🗺🌎🗺🌍

At least you don’t have to shelter in place inside a manuscript initial like King David over here. #staysafestayhome #st...
05/14/2020

At least you don’t have to shelter in place inside a manuscript initial like King David over here. #staysafestayhome #stayhomesavelives
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In this beautiful manuscript initial, David is shown kneeling next to his harp and praying. The initial appears in a 15th-century psalter that was produced in France or Flanders and contained the 150 Psalms of the Vulgate Bible. The depiction of David is fitting: the king was the legendary composer of the Psalms. That he appears here in prayer likely reflects the primary devotional function of the Psalms during the Middle Ages.
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[Illuminated initial from Latin Psalter. Catholic Church. France or Flanders. ca 1480. VAULT Case MS 183] #initials #illuminations #manuscripts #psalters #catholicism #medieval

#CultureInQuarantine #MuseumWeek We invite you to explore thousands of images from our collection and reimagine them at ...
05/12/2020

#CultureInQuarantine #MuseumWeek We invite you to explore thousands of images from our collection and reimagine them at home. http://digcoll.newberry.org

November 10, 1918: “We are practically out of the woods,” says Chicago Health Commissioner John Dill Robertson. “All ban...
05/12/2020
Dispatches from a Desperate Time, Part II — The Quarantine Times

November 10, 1918: “We are practically out of the woods,” says Chicago Health Commissioner John Dill Robertson. “All bans are off. In a few days I am sure I shall again be justified in stating that Chicago is the healthiest city in the world.”

November 11, 1918: WWI ends; people fill the streets, party, parade.

Early December 1918: Chicago is hit with a resurgence of influenza cases.

Read more about Chicago's response to the 1918 influenza epidemic on the Quarantine Times site. These "dispatches" have been researched and written by Paul Durica, the Newberry's Director of Exhibitions.

The Quarantine Times, in partnership with the Newberry Library, presents the second in a series of dispatches by Chicago historian, Paul Durica, detailing how the city responded to the influenza epidemic of 1918 and how that moment helps us understand where we are today.

Please don’t drink while operating basket-pulleys over fire-breathing monsters..This image comes from an early 17th-cent...
05/12/2020

Please don’t drink while operating basket-pulleys over fire-breathing monsters.
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This image comes from an early 17th-century Dutch emblem book and served as an early modern PSA, cautioning readers against the dangers of alcohol. Beneath the image is a warning in Latin that the laughing drunkard drinks poisonous waters from Tartarus down below—i.e. Hell.
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[Image from Christeliicken waerseggher. Cornelis Galle. Antwerp. 1603. Wing ZP 6465 .P675] #emblems #emblembooks #earlymodern #psas #drinking #hellmouth

We picked these just for you. 🌻🌻. . [Marbling art by Alberto Valese. Wing Modern MS Rubovits #5095] #marbledmonday #flow...
05/11/2020

We picked these just for you. 🌻🌻
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[Marbling art by Alberto Valese. Wing Modern MS Rubovits #5095] #marbledmonday #flowers #spring

Put the stogie down, kid, it’ll stunt your growth. [Postcard by Raphael Tuck & Sons, ca. 1900. LL11887] #cigars #postcar...
05/08/2020

Put the stogie down, kid, it’ll stunt your growth. [Postcard by Raphael Tuck & Sons, ca. 1900. LL11887] #cigars #postcards #nationalpostcardweek

Newberry Library's cover photo
05/06/2020

Newberry Library's cover photo

After several rehearsals, the angels are finally locking into a groove on “Wind Beneath My Wings.”.This detail of angels...
05/06/2020

After several rehearsals, the angels are finally locking into a groove on “Wind Beneath My Wings.”
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This detail of angels jamming out on horn and organ is actually from a book of Baroque guitar tabs authored by Stefano Pesori, a 17th-century Italian guitarist, composer, and teacher. Like contemporary guitar tab, the numbers on the lines of the staff refer to frets on the guitar. The markings above the staff indicate rhythm.
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[Detail from Toccate di Chitarriglia. Stefano Pesori. Verona. 1650. VAULT Case folio M127 .P47 1650] #baroque #guitar #music #tablature #angels #horns #italy

‪#NationalPostcardWeek 🏡 💌 📬Explore thousands of postcards* from our collection online: https://bit.ly/3fj56Dk‬‪*“Greeti...
05/06/2020

‪#NationalPostcardWeek 🏡 💌 📬

Explore thousands of postcards* from our collection online: https://bit.ly/3fj56Dk‬

‪*“Greetings from Home” postcard not part of collection. ‬

The duck quacketh, the wind bloweth, and the mask covereth the face. 😷[From Comenius’s “Orbis Pictus,” one of the first ...
05/05/2020

The duck quacketh, the wind bloweth, and the mask covereth the face. 😷

[From Comenius’s “Orbis Pictus,” one of the first picture books for children. This edition was printed in London in 1685. Wing ZP 645 .M46]

Teachers, thank you for all you do––especially right now––to prepare the next generation of engaged citizens. #TeacherAp...
05/04/2020

Teachers, thank you for all you do––especially right now––to prepare the next generation of engaged citizens. #TeacherAppreciationWeek

[Postcard by Raphael Tuck & Sons] https://bit.ly/35x06qi

That is one serious franken-stitch..This page from a Mexican choir book was repaired the old-fashioned way: using a need...
05/04/2020

That is one serious franken-stitch.
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This page from a Mexican choir book was repaired the old-fashioned way: using a needle and thread to stitch it up. In the days when books were less easily replaceable, owners often mended ripped or otherwise damaged pages by simply sewing them back together.
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[Detail from a Mexican choir book. Catholic Church. Mexico. Ca. 17th/18th century. VAULT oversize Case MS 5148.] #music #choirs #mexico #catholicism #bookrepair #manuscripts

Apparently cats weren't meoweth-ing yet in the 17th century. . . First printed in 1658, Johannes Amos Comenius's "Orbis ...
05/02/2020

Apparently cats weren't meoweth-ing yet in the 17th century.
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First printed in 1658, Johannes Amos Comenius's "Orbis Pictus" ("The World in Pictures") is considered one of the first children's textbooks to use pictures as a pedagogical device. It was published in several different languages across the 17th and 18th centuries. The edition here was printed in London in 1685.
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[Wing ZP 645 .M46] #caturday #cats #cryeth #meoweth #teaching #books #childrensliterature #pedagogy

05/01/2020
"An Aspect of Love, Alive in the Ice and Fire"

"This poem is about time and the various kinds of time we can experience––which is very palpable to us right now."

NL Director of Chicago Studies Liesl Olson reads and discusses "An Aspect of Love, Alive in the Ice and Fire" by Gwendolyn Brooks. #GlobalGwen

Starting today, Illinoisans must wear cloth face masks in public when social distancing isn't possible. This includes tr...
05/01/2020

Starting today, Illinoisans must wear cloth face masks in public when social distancing isn't possible. This includes trips to the grocery store and to outdoor European markets in the 16th century.
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[Nova Reperta/New Discoveries. Johannes Stradanus, ca. 1580. Vault Case Wing oversize Z 412 .85] #facemasks #covid19 #renaissance #shopping #engraving

"My life is scarcely threatened by the exceptional risks taken every day by cashiers, delivery people, & health-care wor...
04/28/2020
Covert

"My life is scarcely threatened by the exceptional risks taken every day by cashiers, delivery people, & health-care workers. I am a separate story, or rather, I am no story at all."

NL Director of Chicago Studies Liesl Olson on sheltering in place in Covert, Michigan. via Chicago Reader

On being a mother, the apocalypse of the interior life, and sheltering in place on the other side of Lake Michigan.

04/27/2020
WWI Posters & COVID-19 Memes

In the absence of strong national messaging regarding COVID-19, individuals have taken it upon themselves to call Americans to collective action through memes and other social media-friendly PSAs. The video production company hsc.tv, for example, reimagined WWI propaganda like the iconic Uncle Sam/US Army recruitment poster to convey the importance of social distancing, not hoarding, and stopping the spread of misinformation.

In this video, Paul Durica, the Newberry's Director of Exhibitions, speaks with Rosie Nakamura, Autumn Nakamura Neal, and Daron Nealis of hsc.tv about how they translated historic images into modern memes.

hsc.tv is an Emmy-award winning independent video production company based in New York City with over 20 years experience providing end to end creative solutions for global brands, networks, startups, filmmakers, and nonprofits. Historical non-fiction is an area of particular interest, having collaborated on many projects over the years with HISTORY, BIO, and various museums around the country.

Bracket update: Giles will represent the librarians and Hogwarts will represent the libraries in the final. It's the uns...
04/24/2020

Bracket update: Giles will represent the librarians and Hogwarts will represent the libraries in the final.

It's the unstoppable force vs. the immovable object.

Finals voting opens tmrw at noon. #NationalLibraryWeek

We've partnered w/ the Public Media Institute to bring you stories of how Chicagoans responded to the influenza outbreak...
04/24/2020
Dispatches from a Desperate Time — The Quarantine Times

We've partnered w/ the Public Media Institute to bring you stories of how Chicagoans responded to the influenza outbreak of 1918.

You can now read some of them on the Quarantine Times site 👇

The Quarantine Times is proud to present first in a series of dispatches about how Chicago handled the influenza pandemic of 1918. Written by Chicago historian Paul Durica and brought to you by the Newberry Library, this series brings to light the striking resonances between our city’s current rea...

Have we got a treat for you: a new coloring book inspired by the most color-able woodcuts, engravings, drawings, and car...
04/24/2020

Have we got a treat for you: a new coloring book inspired by the most color-able woodcuts, engravings, drawings, and cartoons from our collections.

Download the coloring book: https://bit.ly/2Vxyuhe

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From “Loading Mercury with a Pitchfork” by Richard Brautigan
Friends in Renaissance Studies through the Newberry: join me this summer for a guided tour online that explores the beauty of music manuscripts from the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Full details here:
Just in case you were interested, I visited the Newberry Library back in February this year ... and it was a highlight of my visit to Chicago !!! Thanks for being so awesome.
A window seat view where I sit to write and think. Sunlight, plants and books. The world beyond and within, here ides meet becoming one.
I wanted to see today's program but I couldn't register - I didn't realize that I had to register a day in advance. Can I still see it??
Awww, Google had the Sir John Tenniel anniversary doodle. I love that the Newberry has the original sketches (and how wonderfully weird they are!)
Please consider ordering my books Hands Up and Memories from the Classroom Both great reads for parents and teachers.
Ravenswood Athletic Field constructed in 1898 in the Community of Ravenswood in Chicago. I looking for its location. thanks
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Now you can give your holiday tree bookworm vibes..sans the worms...or overdue fines.
Hi Newberry, are you collecting posters from the CTU strike for your protest archive?