The Newberry Magazine, Fall/Winter 2020

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Fall/Winter 2020 Issue 15


he past six months have presented remarkable challenges at the Newberry and well beyond. In the midst of adapting to the realities of a global pandemic, we also have witnessed troubling and sometimes violent reminders of institutionalized racism and the deep-seated inequities it produces. The pandemic and the ongoing legacies of injustice highlight both the urgent need for change and the continuing value of the humanities in making sense of our world.


After closing the building in the spring, the Newberry moved online to share our collections, showcase our staff, and build community. We’re carrying what we learned into the fall and winter, as all our programming —from adult education classes and scholarly conferences to teacher seminars and public programs — continues to be offered virtually.

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Newberry staff worked creatively and showed a deep commitment to our mission while pivoting online. They did the same while preparing to reopen the library’s doors to the public this summer. Thanks to their hard work, we’ve instituted several new safety measures and are now serving researchers in the reading rooms and welcoming visitors to our exhibition galleries and bookshop.

Unless otherwise credited, all images are from the Newberry collection or from events held at the Newberry and have been provided by the Newberry’s Digital Imaging Services Office.

Please stop by the library this fall to see two new exhibitions in our first-f loor galleries. Renaissance Invention: Stradanus’s “Nova Reperta” draws on a remarkable sixteenth-century print series to explore how advances in technology both enhance and destabilize human experience. Decision 1920: A Return to “Normalcy” looks back to the presidential election 100 years ago, as the United States was emerging from a global pandemic and remained divided by civil unrest. These exhibitions delve into vastly different areas of the Newberry’s collection to explore urgent and enduring questions — an ambition of so much of our work at the library. To advance equity at the Newberry, we also must examine troubling aspects of the library’s past. One of the stories you’ll read in this issue of The Newberry Magazine addresses restrictive covenants that the library signed on properties it owned in the 1930s. Restrictive covenants were one of many real estate practices that perpetuated residential segregation in the twentieth century. The fact that the Newberry would sign such agreements shows the limits of its commitment to inclusiveness throughout too much of its history. Confronting the past alone is not enough; the memory of this chapter in the Newberry’s history should inform our efforts to make the Newberry a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive institution. Thank you for your continued support as we strive to meet the challenges of the moment. I hope you are staying well, and I look forward to seeing you at the Newberry again soon. Sincerely,

Daniel Greene, President and Librarian

Cover image: Image detail from Johannes Stradanus’s Nova Reperta.



Contents FEATURES Renaissance Invention Matthew Clarke



Debates about technological advances in the Renaissance—from the printing press to the compass—mirror our own conf licted feelings about technology today.

Conserving Ptolemy Lesa Dowd and Matthew Clarke


Newberry conservators revive a beautiful fifteenth-century copy of a seminal geographical text that, for decades, had been inaccessible to researchers due to its extreme fragility.


Decision 1920 Paul Durica and Alex Teller


One hundred years ago, the presidential candidates from the two major political parties offered starkly different visions for how the country should respond to cataclysmic events.

“In Chicago, They’ve Got Covenants” Daniel Greene



In the 1930s, the Newberry signed restrictive covenants, joining other property owners in agreeing not to rent or sell to African Americans in Chicago. Restrictive covenants helped perpetuate racial inequities that persist to this day.






ANNUAL REPORT Letter from the Chair and the President 31 Collections and Library Services 35 20

Public Engagement 36 Fellowship Programs 40 Research Centers and Programming for Scholars 42 Honor Roll of Donors 50 Board of Trustees and Volunteer Committees 61 Staff 62 Summary of Financial Position 64



Sisiyutl House Plank Returns Home After More Than a Century For some 20 years, Newberry visitors could find a cultural object belonging to the Kwakwaka’wakw people on display in the Blatchford Reference Center on the third f loor of the library. The wooden plank, measuring almost 18 feet from end to end, originally graced the front of a traditional big house in what is now Alert Bay, British Columbia. It depicts Sisiyutl, a two-headed sea serpent who represents either death or good fortune—depending on how one encounters it. The plank was originally purchased and brought to Chicago so it could be exhibited at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. After appearing at the world’s fair, it spent time in various museums in the United States before arriving at the Newberry in the late twentieth century. Though the plank was officially repatriated in 1998, the Newberry housed it at the request of the U’Mista Cultural Center. In August, the Sisiyutl house plank was carefully removed from the Newberry, packed up, and shipped home to the U’Mista Cultural Center. In September it arrived, safe and sound, in Alert Bay. “It feels very good,” Bill Cranmer, board chair of the U’Mista Cultural Center, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. “It’s a very, very special part of our ceremonies.” Movers from Cadogan Tate deinstall the Sisiyutl house plank from the Newberry’s third-f loor reading room and prepare it for its journey home to the U’Mista Cultural Center.


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The Sisiyutl house plank returns to the U’Mista Cultural Center in Alert Bay, British Columbia.

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Newberry Initiative Will Examine the Age of Revolutions in the Americas The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the Newberry and its project partners a $150,000 grant to support a series of nine public programs exploring the connections between the American Revolution and struggles for independence in Latin America. The program series, ¡Vivan las Revoluciones! Forming More Perfect Unions Across the Americas, will provide opportunities for the public to ref lect on the complex shared histories of revolutions in the Americas during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Some of the programs will occur in conjunction with the Newberry’s spring 2021 exhibition, ¡Viva la Libertad!: The Age of Revolutions in Latin America. “The histories of the Latin American and Caribbean revolutions and independence struggles of the early nineteenth century are unknown to many Americans,” said Karen Christianson, Director of Public Engagement at the Newberry. “At the same time, people from former Spanish, Portuguese, and French colonies in the Americas rarely see themselves ref lected in stories about the American

Revolution and its impact. Our hope is that these programs will promote conversation and improve understanding of the intertwined nature of political struggle in our hemisphere during this period.” The series—beginning in the spring of 2021—will feature an array of community-based programs, including scholarly symposia, exhibition gallery tours, an interactive exploration of the practice of toasting revolutions, a writing workshop in which youth will compose their own declarations of independence, and a bike tour of Chicago public art inspired by independence struggles in Latin America. Each program will integrate humanities resources and participatory formats to encourage personal ref lection and foster public conversation. Like other recent initiatives, ¡Vivan las Revoluciones! will rely on collaborative partnerships between the Newberry and other local institutions, including the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México’s Chicago campus, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and Illinois Humanities.

Blaire Topash-Caldwell Joins the Newberry as Mellon Public Humanities Fellow The Newberry is pleased to announce that Blaire TopashCaldwell 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-Caldwell comes to the Newberry from the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Nation’s Department of Language and Culture, where she served as the tribe’s first archivist.


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A citizen of the Pokagon Band, Topash-Caldwell has worked to make relevant archival materials more accessible to Pokagon tribal members and collaborated with several institutions such as the National Archives in Chicago and the Eiteljorg Museum to make this possible. As part of this effort, she launched, managed, and developed content for a tribally based content management system called Wiwkwébthëgen, expanding outreach and accessibility for the many tribal members who live beyond the Pokagon Band’s service area. Dr. Topash-Caldwell recently completed her PhD in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. Her scholarly work focuses on “Neshnabé futurisms,” tribal ecological revitalization projects that disrupt dominant narratives about climate change that erase Native people. Focusing on projects in the Great Lakes, Dr. Topash-Caldwell shows how Neshnabé futurisms guide Native ecologists, theorists, and activists as they mitigate ongoing ecological destruction in their homelands, positioning these leaders as active agents shaping their futures.

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“Buried in a Barrel,” National Police Gazette cartoon. New York: George W. Matsell & Co., December 26, 1868.

Walter L. Newberry Was Not in Fact Buried in a Rum Barrel In late 1885, a revolting rumor circulated around Chicago that Newberry Library founder Walter Loomis Newberry had been buried in a rum barrel in Graceland Cemetery after dying at sea in 1868. The rumor gained substance when the National Police Gazette ran a cartoon supposedly depicting the event. Was it true? Not quite, it turns out. But the story didn’t come out of the blue. For though Newberry may not have been buried in a barrel, he had in fact narrowly avoided burial at sea by being temporarily preserved in a barrel of spirits.

Walter L. Newberry’s final resting place in Graceland Cemetery in Chicago

“Mr. Harding, We’re All for You” In September 1920, Warren G. Harding quit his front porch in Marion, Ohio, (where he’d been conducting his campaign as the Republican nominee for president) for the campaign trail. In Wheeling, West Virginia, he was feted by marching bands from across the Ohio River Valley. Along with some traditional songs, the marching bands may have played “The G.O.P. Looks Good to Me” or “Mr. Harding, We’re All for You.” Both songs are traditional military marches that aligned with the Harding campaign’s theme of a “return” to the character and quality of American life at the turn of the twentieth century in response to the previous four years of profound change and transformation. Read the full stories on the Newberry’s “Source Material” blog: The Newberry Magazine


Renaissance Invention

A seventeenth-century mariner’s astrolabe—on loan from the Adler Planetarium—is featured in the Newberry’s fall exhibition, Renaissance Invention.

By Matthew Clarke


ew technologies and innovations are revolutionizing communication, transforming warfare, and—with luck — curing diseases. This may sound like a description of our world today. But these claims were equally true during the Renaissance, when multiple new inventions and discoveries reshaped people’s lives and fueled public debate about the virtues—and the social costs—of innovation. Ours is an age of technological disruption; so was the age of the Renaissance. Renaissance invention informs the Nova Reperta (New Discoveries) print series, a collection of engravings by sixteenthcentury Flemish artist Johannes Stradanus. The series comprises 20 engraved plates including a title page and 19 others that each feature a different invention, from wind power and gunpowder to compasses, cannons, and the moveable-type printing press. Most of the engravings introduce the inventions within detailed scenes of artisan workshops or public squares, making the images essential to scholars who study life and labor in early modern Europe. For this reason, countless books about the Renaissance have illustrated their pages with details from the Nova Reperta. Yet the images themselves have rarely been the focus of study or the subject of an exhibition. That has changed with Renaissance Invention: Stradanus’s “Nova Reperta,” a Newberry exhibition now on view through November 25.

Curated by Lia Markey, Director of the Center for Renaissance Studies, and Suzanne Karr Schmidt, George Amos Poole III Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, the exhibition showcases the Newberry’s original set of impressions of Stradanus’s prints. Many complementary items—including early modern maps, military manuals, a page from the Gutenberg Bible, and artifacts on loan from Chicago museums—illuminate the work’s historical context. It is a f itting time for the exhibition, because our own debates about innovation today mirror those of the Renaissance. “From Artificial Intelligence, to self-driving cars, to social media, today’s new technologies create excitement and anxiety in equal parts,” says Markey. “Renaissance reactions to new inventions—printing and artillery, for example— were very similar.” Inventions of the Renaissance were just as revolutionary as those of our age, especially when it came to transportation, communication, and warfare.

The Renaissance Invention exhibition includes items on loan from the Art Institute, including a Renaissance-era model field cannon.


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“From Artificial Intelligence, to self-driving cars, to social media, today’s new technologies create excitement and anxiety in equal parts. Renaissance reactions to new inventions—printing and artillery, for example—were very similar.”

The title page of the Nova Reperta, the sixteenth-century print series featured in the new exhibition.


n the Novum Organum (1620), English philosopher Francis Bacon wrote that: Printing, Gunpowder, and the Magnet…These three have changed the whole face and state of things throughout the world; whence have followed innumerable changes, insomuch that no empire, no sect, no star seems to have exerted greater power and inf luence in human affairs than these discoveries.

Bacon was right: these three innovations had a profound effect on European society. After being introduced from China, gunpowder (a mixture of carbon, sulfur, and potassium nitrate) transformed warfare in Europe. Soon the feudal armies of the medieval period were replaced with large professional armies equipped with handguns and gunpowder cannons.

Since the twelfth century, Europeans had been using the magnetic compass for navigation (the magnet being yet another import from China). During the early modern period, the compass was transformed from its crude original form—a magnetized needle f loating in water—into a portable and more reliable instrument with a needle that turned smoothly within a stable box. By Bacon’s time, the magnetic compass had quickened the pace of exploration by improving the accuracy of navigation. Though the Chinese had developed woodblock printing by 700 A.D. and moveable ceramic type by around 1040, Johannes Gutenberg introduced the new technology to Europe around 1454, adapting his printing device from a wine press and utilizing moveable pieces of cast metal type. Before Gutenberg, it took a scribe approximately six years to create a single Bible by hand. With the new press, Gutenberg produced 180 copies in two years. Soon, print

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Entitled “Pulvis Pyrius” (“Gunpowder”), Plate 4 of the Nova Reperta depicts the interior of an artillery foundry.

shops were f looding Europe with new texts. A revolution in communication was underway. Bacon wasn’t alone in believing that these inventions altered life completely. “Most commentators recognized the disruptive implications of the discoveries,” says Markey. “But just like today, people’s reactions varied widely.” Gunpowder had an obvious appeal to states, leaders, and militaries, and the new weapons that gunpowder made possible were frequently lauded—at least by those who could get their hands on them. Yet many critics were appalled at the widespread, indiscriminate carnage made possible by gunpowder and would have agreed with Don Quixote’s lament: “Happy were the blessed ages that were free of those devilish instruments of artillery, whose inventor, I feel certain, is now in Hell paying the penalty for his diabolic device.” Like gunpowder, the magnet had its detractors. While scientists, navigators, and merchants extolled its impact on natural science and exploration, others linked the seemingly mysterious powers of the new discovery to alchemy, magic, and the netherworld. Even the printing press stoked anxiety along with excitement. In an oft-told (though likely apocryphal) tale, Gutenberg’s Bibles were barely off the press before his financier, Johannes Fust, hurried to Paris to test the new product on students and scholars there. The Bibles sold out 8

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immediately, drawing the ire of members of the book guild, who, according to one account cited by the late historian Elizabeth Eisenstein, “soon shouted for the police, giving their expert opinion that such a store of valuable books could be in one man’s possession through the help of the devil himself.” Fust was forced to f lee Paris for his life. Whether or not the story is true—and whether the story of Fust gave rise to the legend of Faust, as some suggest—it does indicate the unease evoked by the printing press. All three inventions that Bacon cites are featured prominently in the Nova Reperta series, which devotes plates to gunpowder, the magnet, and the printing press. Stradanus’s engravings register the range of reactions to the new inventions. Occasionally, plates ref lect concerns about the inventions. Plate 4 depicts the interior of an artillery foundry, where artisans craft different types of artillery, from a cannon (in the center), to smaller minions and falcons (in the lower right), to a mortar (lower left). Workers appear melting broken pieces of scrap iron in a furnace, casting the liquid, shaping barrels, and engraving the final products. The view from a window shows one of the new devices in action, blasting down the walls of a fortress in a shower of fire and smoke. Even as Stradanus’s plate celebrates the new discovery, its caption channels one popular opinion about gunpowder, reading, “Thunder and Lightning made by hand. It seems to be a gift from the jealous underworld.”

More often, however, the plates unambiguously celebrate technology. Plate 3 of the Nova Reperta series is devoted to the magnet and shows a solitary scholar seated at a desk, one hand manipulating a drawing compass atop a magnetic compass and the other holding open a book. His room is cluttered with scientific instruments, from an hour glass and globe (at the center) to a three-dimensional model of the Ptolemaic cosmos known as an armillary sphere (at left). The magnetic compass’s significance for navigation is made plain by the large model ship hung from the ceiling of the scholar’s room and the view from the window, which opens onto an active port. Plate 5 (shown on page 10) of the Nova Reperta series illustrates a bustling print shop. Like the depiction of the artillery foundry, the shop is crowded with workers engaged in each stage of book production, from typesetting to printing to drying sheets to binding them together into gatherings. The plate’s caption proclaims proudly that “ just as one voice can be heard by a multitude of ears, so single writings cover a thousand sheets.” At the same time, the plates foreground another distinctive theme of Stradanus’s engravings: artisans working to craft the new inventions reshaping the world. This sort of collaboration defined work during the Renaissance, and Stradanus’s images highlight its importance. In fact, collaboration is a focal point of nearly every one of the

plates, from those depicting clock-making, distillation, and silk production, to those portraying the production of water power, sugar, olive oil, the stirrup, and even the process of engraving itself. Collaboration is also a major theme of the Newberry exhibition. From the outset, curators Markey and Karr Schmidt decided to emphasize how the engraver’s work undercuts a common misconception about the period: that invention was always the work of a solitary genius, or a “Renaissance Man.” “We still tend to subscribe to the myth of ‘individual genius’—the idea that great inventions or works of art were always created by brilliant individuals working in isolation,” Karr Schmidt explains. “They weren’t. They were more often the product of groups of artisans working together in workshops, as Stradanus’s plates show very clearly.”

Devoted to the magnet, Plate 3 of the Nova Reperta series (left) shows a seated scholar manipulating a compass. On a nearby desk sits an armillary sphere like the one included in the exhibition (above).

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“We still tend to subscribe to the myth of ‘individual genius’—the idea that great inventions or works of art were always created by brilliant individuals working in isolation. They were more often the product of groups of artisans working together in workshops, as Stradanus’s plates show very clearly.”

Plate 5 from the Nova Reperta series (left) illustrates a bustling Renaissanceera print shop. The exhibit includes several early printed works, like this leaf from a Gutenberg Bible (above).


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Collaboration is central to Renaissance Invention in another way: the exhibition results from partnerships among the Newberry and two other local institutions, the Adler Planetarium and the Art Institute of Chicago. Adler and Art Institute curators have participated in exhibition-related public programs online, and both institutions have loaned items to the Newberry for display in the exhibition, including one of the few surviving specimens of an instrument that radically transformed life in the Renaissance: the astrolabe.


n early January of this year, Karr Schmidt and Markey visited the Adler to meet with Pedro Raposo, Curator and Director of Collections. Raposo oversees the Adler’s large collection of historical scientific instruments. Karr Schmidt and Markey were there to view one of them: an early modern Portuguese mariner’s astrolabe. In addition to featuring the item in the exhibit, Markey and Karr Schmidt were creating a short film about the item for visitors to watch in the Newberry’s galleries. The mariner’s astrolabe was developed at the end of the fifteenth century by Portuguese navigators, Raposo explained once the cameras were rolling. It consisted of a brass disc that could be suspended at waist level from the finger using an attached ring. Picking up the astrolabe, Raposo showed how it was used: a sailor would turn a central moving part, called an alidade, until sunlight or light from the Pole Star (depending on location) passed through two pinholes. The alidade’s

angular degree could then be read to determine latitude with unprecedented precision. By the time Stradanus featured one in his plates, the mariner’s astrolabe had transformed navigation and helped usher in the age of exploration. Mariner’s astrolabes like the Adler’s—which was salvaged from the wreckage of a ship that sank off the coast of Florida in 1622—are rare. “There are only around 100 mariner’s astrolabes that survive from the Renaissance era, so the Adler’s is quite valuable to historians,” explains Markey. Because it was submerged for centuries, many of the original markings have eroded, but its production date—1616—is still visible, as are many of the degree inscriptions. The generous loan indicates a close partnership between the Newberry and the Adler Planetarium, which also has loaned the library an iron clock from early modern Germany, a sixteenth-century Dutch lodestone, and a German armillary sphere. All are featured in the exhibition alongside representations of them in Stradanus’s plates. The Art Institute of Chicago has loaned the Newberry a pair of sixteenth-century German stirrups, a Renaissanceera French model field cannon and carriage, and a set of sixteenth-century Milanese armor. Like the objects borrowed from the Adler, the Art Institute loans make it possible for visitors to compare Stradanus’s engravings of these inventions with three-dimensional examples.

The exhibition includes a suit of armor on loan from the Art Institute. The Newberry Magazine


On loan from the Adler Planetarium, this early modern iron clock is one of the many scientific inventions appearing in the exhibition.

Gallery visitors can compare Renaissance-era inventions—like these spectacles—to their depictions in printed works from the period.

The Newberry’s Renaissance Invention exhibition also inaugurates altogether new kinds of collaboration. For the first time ever, the library has worked with a local brewery, Sketchbook, to create a special-edition beer to celebrate the exhibition. A saison called “Nova Reperta” is now available at Sketchbook’s taprooms in Evanston and Skokie. “One of the inventions featured in Nova Reperta is distillation,” observes Karr Schmidt. “We recognized from the outset that distilling our own whiskey was a tall order. Instead, we’ve partnered with Sketchbook’s extraordinarily talented brewers, who in true Renaissance style have worked together to craft a phenomenal artisanal beer.” The library also teamed up with Jen Farrell, a local print-maker and co-founder of the Chicago-based Starshaped Press. In addition to appearing in a video shown in the exhibition, Farrell is leading a virtual exhibitionthemed adult education seminar for the Newberry this fall. She also designed and printed a broadsheet in honor of Renaissance Invention that is now on sale in the Newberry’s Rosenberg Bookshop. From loan items and public programs to beer and broadsheets, the cooperative efforts at the center of the new exhibition mirror the collaboration celebrated in Stradanus’s Nova Reperta. During the Renaissance, disparate groups of scholars, artists, and intellectuals converged and produced new ways of seeing, representing, and interacting with the world. For better or worse, the inventions that emerged changed the way people lived and related to one another and their surroundings. 12

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In the end, Stradanus’s Nova Reperta prints remind us that while technologies are always changing, our responses to them stay (more or less) the same. Matthew Clarke is Communications Coordinator at the Newberry. Renaissance Invention was commended by the 2019 Sotheby’s Prize for its innovation and curatorial excellence. Renaissance Invention is supported by Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Blair, Jr., Dr. Christine M. Sperling, Pam and Doug Walter, and an anonymous donor.

To access the digital resources developed as part of Renaissance Invention, including a podcast and a family activity book, visit

Conserving Ptolemy By Lesa Dowd and Matthew Clarke


mong the treasures of the Newberry’s collection is Ayer MS 740, an extraordinary fifteenth-century handwritten copy of a seminal work of geography: Ptolemy’s treatise Cosmographia. The book is as beautiful as it is historic—yet few would know. For until recently, Ayer MS 740 was inaccessible to researchers due to its extreme fragility. Over the centuries, the degradation of the ink burned holes through the pages—a process known as “lacing” (right). To make matters worse, the book had been rebound too tightly by a previous binder, exacerbating the damage (below).

Because the costs of conservation were prohibitively high, Ayer MS 740 had been unavailable for decades. But in 2017, a group of donors at the Newberry’s annual Booked for the Evening event agreed to fund the repair and digitization of the manuscript. With their generous support, our conservation team (Lesa Dowd, Leith Calcote, Henry Harris, Kasie Janssen, and Virginia Meredith) was able to mend the book’s deteriorating pages and prepare the manuscript for digitization. In what follows, we take you step-by-step through the conservation process. * * * When it arrived in the Newberry’s conservation lab, Ayer MS 740 was encased in a beautiful nineteenth-century binding—but one so tight that it had restricted the opening and hastened the deterioration of the book.

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As a first step, conservators disbound the book, separating its boards, peeling away the spine leather, and scraping off its paper spine linings.

Next, they separated the book’s sections by cutting the sewing threads, removing sewing cords, and carefully detaching each gathering of pages.

Once the manuscript was entirely disbound, conservators could examine the ink on the pages. They tested the ink for solubility in water and alcohol, as well as for the presence of corrosive chemical agents.


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Conservators had begun the project hoping to use a water-based treatment to stop the destructive acids in the ink from causing any more damage. However, after examining the ink, they decided against the water-based option. Instead, they chose to stabilize the book’s pages to prevent further deterioration. To do this, they applied thin tissue paper to deteriorating pages using a custom-made adhesive. These tissue papers are designed to stabilize pages and prevent further lacing.

As a result, Newberry conservators were able to mend the pages where letters had begun to lace through the paper, while also forestalling further degradation throughout the book. Their success in repairing the damage can be seen in these images of one page before treatment (left) and after treatment (right). The Newberry Magazine


Conservators then rebound the book, sewing individual sections on to raised cords and lining the new spine with tissue and linen. Finally, they encased the re-sewn sections in a period-appropriate, semilimp paper binding and placed the repaired book in a custom-made, clothcovered drop spine box, where it now lives in the stacks, with the rest of the Newberry collection. Lesa Dowd is Director of Conservation and Matthew Clarke is Communications Coordinator at the Newberry. Support for the conservation of Cosmographia was provided by Mark and Meg Hausberg, Victoria J. Herget and Robert K. Parsons, and Nancy and Richard Spain.


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Decision 1920

A Return to “Normalcy” By Paul Durica and Alex Teller Decision 1920: A Return to “Normalcy” runs September 15 – November 25


n 1920, American voters (including women for the f irst time) went to the polls amid profound change and turmoil. The aftershocks of World War I and the 1918 inf luenza pandemic were still being felt, prohibition was raising questions about the government’s right to restrict individual behavior for the common good, and racial violence had erupted across the country during the “Red Summer” of 1919. Decision 1920, on view at the Newberry through November 25, puts visitors in the shoes of the voter faced with a monumental question 100 years ago: embrace change and move forward or go back to how things were at the beginning of the century? “The 1920 presidential election is notable for how it echoes in the present but also for how it differs from 2020,” says Paul Durica, Director of Exhibitions at the Newberry. “In 1920, as in 2020, the candidates offered starkly different visions for how America should respond to cataclysmic events. But race went largely unacknowledged by both parties—a silence that speaks volumes as we look back on this moment today.”

Promotional material for the Democratic ticket, James M. Cox and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

“The G.O.P. Looks Good to Me.” Boston: Suffolk Music Publishing, 1920.

Harding conducted much of his campaign from the front porch of his home in Marion, Ohio. Postcard by Curt Teich and Company, ca. 1923.

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“ In 1920, as in 2020, the candidates offered starkly different visions for how America should respond to cataclysmic events. But race went largely unacknowledged by both parties—a silence that speaks volumes as we look back on this moment today.”

Women’s suffrage extended gradually across the United States before the passage of the 19th Amendment. Illustration from Puck magazine, 1915.

This map, showing the sites of 3,436 lynchings across the United States, was published as part of the NAACP’s national campaign in support of a federal anti-lynching bill in Congress. The bill made it through the House of Representatives in 1918, but it was blocked by Southern Democrats in the Senate.


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While campaigning for president, Harding promised Americans a “return to normalcy.” As this cartoon by the Chicago Tribune’s John T. McCutcheon implies, three months into the Harding Administration, Americans were still debating what was meant by this promise.

Warren G. Harding (the Republican candidate) and James M. Cox (the Democratic candidate) agreed on most major issues. Their differences came out in their campaign strategies. Tapping into Americans’ anxieties about social change and civil unrest, Harding promised a “return to normalcy.” Cox, meanwhile, vowed to continue Woodrow Wilson’s ambitious policies that put the United States at the center of global politics. Cox and his running mate, Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt, crisscrossed the country by rail to shore up support in states that Wilson had barely won in the 1916 election. Harding stayed home, giving speeches from his front porch in Marion, Ohio. But Harding’s folksy image belied the media-savvy tactics his campaign manager, Chicago advertising executive Albert Lasker, deployed on his behalf.

Lasker ensured that Harding’s nostalgia-tinted campaign would achieve national exposure through mass media such as magazines, newsreels, and phonograph recordings. In the end, Harding won the election with more than 60% of the vote—the largest margin of victory since James Monroe ran unopposed in 1820. “The exhibition highlights the candidates, the campaigns, and the issues that defined the 1920 election,” says Durica. “As visitors move through the gallery, they’ll experience a pivotal moment in American history, when the future was uncertain and the stakes were extremely high.” Paul Durica is Director of Exhibitions and Alex Teller is Director of Communications and Editorial Services at the Newberry. The Newberry Magazine


“In Chicago, They’ve Got Covenants” By Daniel Greene

Newberry building, 1943.

Like much of the nation, Chicago is reckoning with long-standing racial inequality. Since the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many, many others, we’ve witnessed protests in the streets, including in the immediate neighborhood around the Newberry. Violent unrest in nearby Kenosha, Wisconsin, followed the police shooting there of Jacob Blake, who was raised in Evanston. These protests are more than a reaction to recent incidents of police violence; they are a response to the systemic racism that has plagued the United States for centuries. This racism has been enforced by law, discriminatory practices, and horrific violence. 20

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At the Newberry, we believe deeply that historical context should inform how we respond to contemporary crises. This includes examining the library’s own history and investigating institutional complicity in structural racism. Confronting this painful history, we hope, will help us build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive Newberry. With this aspiration in mind, this article looks at the Newberry’s signing of restrictive covenants for properties it owned during the 1930s and 1940s.


ometime between 1933 and 1937, the Near North Side The Association’s campaign made a difference on Property Owners Association distributed a mailer that Chicago’s Gold Coast, the neighborhood around the included a map intended to stoke fears about African Americans library; more than 1,000 property owners—individuals and moving to Chicago’s North Side. It minced no words: “The Near organizations—agreed to these covenants. The Newberry North Side Property Owners Association proposes to ask every also signed a restrictive covenant in 1941 on at least one South property owner in the district to agree to sell and rent to white Side property that it owned, at the urging of officials from the people only.” The Newberry Library received multiple copies nearby University of Chicago. of this hate-fueling propaganda, which warned that it would be These restrictive covenants, which contributed to “unthinkable” to “sit idly by and permit the great Near North institutionalizing racism across Chicago, are located in an Side District, one of the finest in the entire world, to be occupied archival folder at the Newberry with the uncomfortable title by a race alien to the men and women who have established their “Negro [sic] Restriction Agreements, 1936–1938.” Most of the homes and places of business here.” documents found there include dry legalisms, casually stated The Near North Side Property Owners Association’s and undoubtedly perceived as ordinary by most elite whites at campaign targeted residential, institutional, and commercial the time. Research in the Newberry’s institutional archives has owners. The Newberry was on the Association’s mailing list not revealed any evidence of consternation or disagreement because the library owned many properties on the North Side among the library’s entirely white leadership about signing these of Chicago and beyond. Some of this property likely dated covenants. We’ve found instead only matter-of-fact exchanges back to the estate of Walter Newberry, who died in 1868 and left a substantial sum to establish a free, public library. The Newberry Library continued to buy, sell, rent, and improve both commercial and residential properties for decades after its 1887 founding. A 1937 tax schedule, for example, shows that the Newberry held at least 33 properties in the city and three more in the suburbs, appraised in total at more than $437,000, the equivalent of more than $5.6 million in 2020. By the 1950s, the Newberry had sold most of its real estate. After emphatically warning that African Americans would “take over” the neighborhood, the Near North Side Property Owners Association assured readers that it had “already started on the work of preparing the necessary agreements” to prevent African Americans from moving into the area. These agreements, known as “restrictive covenants,” were contracts among property owners on a given street or in a given neighborhood that prohibited selling or leasing to members of a designated group of people, typically African Americans and sometimes Jewish Americans. The Newberry’s financial agent (who was neither a staff member nor a board member but acted in an official capacity on behalf of the library) authorized multiple restrictive covenants during the 1930s and early 1940s, barring African Americans from renting some Newberryowned properties. The Near North Side Property Owners Association collaborated with the Chicago Real Estate Board to make it relatively easy on the Newberry and others by providing suggested boilerplate contractual language and sometimes even paying the legal fees associated with In a f lyer from the 1930s, the Near North Side Property Owners Association referred to the presence of African Americans in the neighborhood as a “very grave situation.” executing these restrictive covenants. The Newberry Magazine


To stoke fear among white property owners, the Near North Side Property Owners Association supplemented their racist campaign with a map showing African American residences in the neighborhood.


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A 1938 letter from a Chicago law firm summarized the terms of a restrictive covenant that the Newberry would go on to sign. Restrictive covenants were an inf luential tool that ensured Chicago’s housing remained segregated.

between the library’s financial agent and its establishment Chicago law firm, which assured the financial agent: “As a matter of law, we see no objection to your signing an agreement against colored [sic] occupancy.” This commonplace tone shines a light on the reality that systemic racism, carried out through discrimination in housing, was unremarkable to elite, white Chicagoans during the 1930s. Many white property owners who entered into these pacts with each other likely believed that promising not to sell or rent to African Americans was a form of economic and social self-protection. As historian Wendy Plotkin has written, “The Newberry Library had both institutional and fiduciary reasons for signing an agreement that would allegedly protect property values. To attract readers to its portals, it was necessary to preserve a ‘desirable’ neighborhood—and through its signing, it most likely interpreted this as synonymous with ‘white.’” Signing restrictive covenants did not violate any laws; on the contrary, the courts effectively upheld covenants after challenges from the NAACP and others. The US Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to restrictive covenants in a 1926 case, Corrigan v. Buckley, stating that 14th Amendment protections applied to actions by states, not individuals. Therefore, white

residents banding together and refusing as individuals to sell or rent property to African Americans remained legal. Owners who violated these agreements could be sued by their neighbors, and African American tenants could be evicted from properties where these covenants were in place. In 1948, the US Supreme Court ruled in Shelley v. Kraemer that restrictive covenants were unenforceable by courts, though were not illegal, per se. That important decision was not followed by f loodgates of equity opening in Chicago housing, of course. The Federal Housing Authority was slow to make sure that owners complied. Moreover, as historian Richard Rothstein has claimed, federal officials showed “contempt” for the ruling in Shelley v. Kraemer. In the Newberry’s archive, there seems only to be silence about the Supreme Court’s ruling. Restrictive covenants matter deeply for understanding the history of racism in the United States because they were one of many real estate practices that helped to powerfully enforce residential segregation during the early twentieth century. Residential segregation predated the Great Migration of African Americans to Chicago and intensified following the devastating race riot in the summer of 1919. The violence began on July 27, 1919, when George Stauber, a white man, hurled stones at Eugene Williams, an African American teenager who swam across an invisible racial boundary line in Lake Michigan. Williams drowned, and the city erupted, with whites indiscriminately attacking African American Chicagoans in their neighborhoods and homes. One week of violence left 38 people dead (23 of them African American; 15 white) and more than 500 injured. (In 2019, one hundred years after the riots, the Newberry collaborated with 13 partners across the city to sponsor programs and publish educational resources on the history and legacy of the violence in Chicago in 1919.) Well after 1919, whites in Chicago looked for ways to maintain segregation in the city’s housing and neighborhoods. As the Chicago Defender, the city’s leading African American newspaper, convincingly explained in the summer of 1939: “Restrictive covenants have replaced bombings and riots. A subtler and more difficult tactic to combat has been evolved.” Despite the Defender’s claim that riots had been “replaced” by restrictive covenants, segregation in housing continued to be enforced by standard real estate industry practices as well as through violence. White mobs led multiple riots in the late 1940s and 1950s as African Americans moved into certain neighborhoods or public housing projects. The threat of violence combined with the “ordinariness” of discrimination in real estate industry practices may have been far more inf luential than restrictive covenants. Even though covenants were often more difficult to secure (those hoping to enforce them had to go door-to-door to get owners to sign on, The Newberry Magazine


Restrictive covenants... enabled and magnified Chicago’s racial inequities. Cultural institutions have an important role to play in helping Chicagoans understand this history.

as the Newberry’s case shows), they remained an inf luential tool that ensured Chicago’s housing would remain segregated. According to Rothstein, some “175 Chicago neighborhood associations were enforcing deeds that barred sales or rentals to African Americans” by 1943. Today, the legacies of racial restriction and violence mark Chicago’s geography and Chicagoans’ daily experiences. Restrictive covenants are part of this legacy, for they bonded white people and white institutions together in expressions of power and unity against African Americans. Homeownership has long been an important avenue for the accumulation of generational wealth. Restrictive covenants helped to deny this possibility to many African Americans in Chicago for decades, while also contributing to engrained segregation within the city. Restrictive covenants, in other words, enabled and magnified Chicago’s racial inequities. Cultural institutions have an important role to play in helping Chicagoans understand this history. The Newberry’s 2016 exhibition, Civil War to Civil Rights: African American Chicago in the Newberry Collection, explained that restrictive covenants were one of many discriminatory methods used to segregate housing in Chicago. Both a restrictive covenant and a restriction agreement from the Newberry’s archive were on display in the gallery, but the exhibition text could have addressed more directly the fact that these covenants applied to Newberry-owned property. These restrictive covenants included provisions that “no part of said premises shall in any manner be used or occupied directly or indirectly” by African Americans and that “no part of said premises shall be sold, given, conveyed, or leased” to African Americans. At the Newberry, we champion the fact that we have been free and open to the public since 1887. Yet, the conception of the public that the library serves has not always been inclusive. For more than 130 years, the Newberry has encouraged study of the humanities for its own sake. Many of us on the library’s staff also hope that by understanding the past, we might engage more effectively with current problems, and even help shape a better future. The Newberry will continue, for example, to collect evidence from social protest


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“Restrictive Covenants” by Langston Hughes, from One-Way Ticket, in 1949.

in Chicago, in the belief that preserving history demands finding ways to include the voices of those who have been marginalized or unheard. And, as we take steps to address diversity, equity, and inclusion at the library, we’ll remain committed to exploring historical truths, even when they are painful and hit close to home. In 1949, poet Langston Hughes captured these truths in a way that sounds hauntingly resonant today. His poem “Restrictive Covenants,” includes this stanza: In Chicago They’ve got covenants Restricting me— Hemmed in On the South Side, Can’t breathe free. Daniel Greene is President and Librarian at the Newberry.


Growing up at the Newberry By Caroline Carter

Laura Edwards


t’s the morning of September 4, 1990. Laura F. Edwards, a PhD student in her mid-twenties, is starting her first day of work at the Newberry. She’s been hired as the Administrative Assistant to Jim Grossman, Director of the Family and Community History Center. It’s a two-year termed position and, though Edwards doesn’t know it yet, the beginning of a lifelong relationship with the Newberry. “It was really formative, those two years. Jim folded me into all the projects they were doing,” she recalls. It’s August 20, 2020, and Edwards, now a distinguished professor and author, is speaking with me via Zoom. She has a fond look on her face as she recounts that first Newberry experience. “I got to sit in on all of these meetings and say things— and people listened to me, which was an experience because in graduate school nobody really listened to me.” She laughs. “I felt like I grew up at the Newberry.” That’s a running theme in our conversation—the Newberry as a place for personal and professional growth. “It helped me

“ The Newberry provided a place for somebody who might have fallen through the cracks otherwise to find a way in the world.” become who I am now,” she explains. “So, I feel a certain tie to it, which I don’t feel when I walk into other places.” Edwards has worked at institutions across the country, including the University of Chicago, the University of South Florida, UCLA, and, most recently, Duke. Her research focuses on women, gender, and law in the nineteenth century, particularly in the US South, and she is currently working on her fifth book, Only the Clothes on Her Back: Textiles, Law, and Commerce in the Nineteenth Century United States. In January 2021, she will begin work at Princeton as the Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor of the History of American Law and Liberty. She will be the first woman to hold the prestigious title. Throughout Edwards’s career, the Newberry has remained “a home away from home.” She has returned during summers and when on sabbatical, sometimes as an independent scholar or as a fellow. In 1994 she received a Monticello College Foundation Fellowship at the Newberry, and in 2006, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship. The Newberry Magazine


“The Newberry is more than just a collection of books.... There is also a spirit of dedication to scholarship and to people. And that spirit is something invaluable because it makes the books important, and it changes people’s lives.”

In fact, her newest book was researched partly at the Newberry, during a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Edwards received in 2019. “I wrote my first book at the Newberry when I had the Monticello College Foundation fellowship. I wrote my second book when I was there in the summers as an independent scholar. Then I wrote my third book there when I had my second fellowship. It’s a lot of work to have done in one place,” she remarks. “It’s kind of amazing actually.” In addition to the time spent conducting research and writing books, she valued the Newberry as a place to connect with other scholars who have become friends and mentors. Edwards points to two fellow historians, Janice Reiff and Michael Grossberg, as examples. Reiff, a Professor of History at UCLA, was among Edwards knows she’s not alone in her desire to give back to the first people Edwards met at the Newberry. She became a the community. “I think a lot of people have that connection mentor to Edwards, then a colleague, and now is a lifelong friend. to the Newberry because you do have these seminars, you do Grossberg, Professor Emeritus at Indiana University, met Edwards welcome graduate students in—it’s part of the culture.” while he was a fellow at the Newberry in 1991. Almost thirty As we wrap up our conversation on Zoom, I ask if there years later, he wrote one of the recommendation letters for the is anything we haven’t yet touched on that she wants readers position she received at Princeton. to know. “Sometimes I feel like people look only to the collections, “The Newberry is more than just a collection of books,” but the resources at the Newberry are also the people,” says she says after a moment. “I hope that when people are thinking Edwards. “If you get stuck in your own institution and graduate about the Newberry, it is as more than just the physical building school, you’re basically always a kid. The Newberry allows you and the physical collections. Those are important, but there is to step out of that particular kind of paternalistic relationship also at the Newberry a spirit of dedication to scholarship and to and discover yourself as a scholar on your own.” people. And that spirit is something invaluable because it makes Edwards explains that she didn’t have much family support the books important, and it changes people’s lives.” when attending graduate school, so the Newberry was an especially invaluable resource. She credits the Newberry’s Caroline Carter is Donor Relations and Communications community of fellows, donors, and staff with helping her build Coordinator at the Newberry. the career she wanted. “I am very grateful for them. None of these people had to do that, and not all of them are still connected to the Newberry, but the Newberry provided a place where it was possible for somebody who might have fallen through the cracks otherwise to find a way in the world.” This experience has inspired Edwards to donate regularly to the Newberry’s Annual Fund and become a member of the Blatchford Society, the library’s planned giving society, even as she continues to be an active member of the Newberry’s community of scholars. “It’s important to give back,” she explains, “to make sure that what happened for me can still happen for other people— especially in the times we live now, when the humanities are on the chopping block.” Working at the Family Community History Center, March 1991. 26

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THANK YOU! The Newberry Community’s Commitment on Display Like many cultural institutions, the Newberry faced an uncertain spring. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, the library was forced to close the doors of its building and cancel all programs and significant events. This led to a loss in revenue. In response, on April 23 the Newberry announced that a group of Trustees would match all gifts to the Annual Fund up to a total of $100,000, encouraging the library’s community to support the organization in a critical time of need. Within 24 hours of announcing the match, 70 donors contributed $11,000. By the time the Newberry closed the books on its fiscal year at the end of June, more than 500 donors had contributed $216,000 toward the match in nine short weeks—more than doubling the initial goal! “The support of our entire community, especially in this time of great unrest and uncertainty, is inspiring,” says Newberry President Daniel Greene. “We rely on the

generosity of those who love the Newberry, and their commitment was on full display when we needed it most. On behalf of everyone at the library, I sincerely thank each and every person who supports our work.” Even as the Newberry has reopened our reading rooms and exhibition galleries, the economic challenges and loss of revenue brought on by the pandemic remain. Staff at the Newberry, however, are encouraged by what they saw in the spring and are hopeful for the fiscal year ahead. “With so much uncertainty around the pandemic, the Newberry likely has a tough year ahead of it,” says Greene. “But it’s heartening to know that we can rely on the unwavering dedication of our donors to help us weather the storm. They care so deeply about the library and its staff, and we know they’ll continue to support us in all we do.” To learn more about how you can support the Newberry, please visit or contact the Development office at (312) 255-3599.


Adele Hast The Newberry is saddened to report the passing of scholar-inresidence Adele Hast, a long-time member of the Newberry’s community, in May 2020. Dr. Hast was a research scholar, book editor, and historian, whose association with the Newberry began in 1971, when she served as a research associate for the library’s Atlas of Early American History. She continued her work here as associate director of the Atlas of Great Lakes Indian History from 1976 to 1979. The breadth of Dr. Hast’s work at the Newberry and beyond ref lects her intellectual curiosity and her varied interests as a scholar. She possessed an abiding passion for Jewish history and culture, serving on the board of the Chicago Jewish Historical Society and authoring the Chicago Jewish History Index 1977–2002. Her PhD dissertation, completed at the University of Iowa in 1979, explored British Loyalists during the time of the Revolutionary War and led to the publication Loyalism in Revolutionary Virginia: The Norfolk Area and the Eastern Shore.

She was also project director and co-editor of Women Building Chicago 1790 – 1990: A Biographical Dictionary. Dr. Hast was a dear friend of the Newberry and scholar-in-residence for over two decades, making regular research visits to the library well into her eighties. “Adele was a quintessential Newberrian,” said President Daniel Greene. “Her many contributions to our scholarly projects, her deep knowledge of our collections, her warm relationships with staff and scholars, and her generous financial support are all evidence of her deep affection for what she called ‘her research home.’ Adele will be missed.” The Newberry Magazine



Recent Events THE DEPORTATION MACHINE On September 10, the Newberry hosted a virtual conversation between Daniel Greene, the library’s president, and Adam Goodman, a former Newberry fellow and an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Goodman’s new book, The Deportation Machine, traces the troubling history of the US government’s efforts to terrorize and expel immigrants since the late nineteenth century. In their discussion, Goodman detailed the history of US immigration policy, explaining how over the last 140 years federal, state, Newberry President Daniel Greene and Adam Goodman (right) discuss Goodman’s book The Deportation and local officials have forced as many Machine: America’s Long History of Expelling Immigrants. as 57 million immigrants out of the country. These efforts often rely not on formal deportation but rather the method of “voluntary departure,” an administrative, extra-legal process in which officials coerce undocumented immigrants into agreeing to leave the country on their own. Goodman talked about the challenges in unearthing archival evidence of a practice that is designed to leave no paper trail and about the role his research at the Newberry played in the development of his book. He also described the connections between immigration policy and profit—explaining how private transportation companies in the United States have contracted with the government to expel tens of thousands of deportees—and about the ways that immigrants and advocates have fought back against deportation efforts over the years.

THE ART OF RENAISSANCE WARFARE An age of artistic dynamism and cultural transformation, the Renaissance was also an era of explosive technological growth—especially in the area of warfare. In a virtual program held on September 17, Jonathan Tavares of the Art Institute of Chicago talked with the Newberry’s Suzanne Karr Schmidt, George Amos Poole III Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, about military innovation in the period and how the development of artillery, stirrups, and new techniques for polishing armor transformed battlefields across the continent in the sixteenth and Suzanne Karr Schmidt, curator of rare books and manuscripts at the Newberry, gives viewers a peek inside the library’s exhibition Renaissance Invention: Stradanus’s “Nova Reperta.”


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seventeenth centuries. Held in conjunction with the Newberry’s fall exhibition, Renaissance Invention, which explores technological innovation in the Renaissance through print works and artifacts, the program focused on the military technologies featured in the exhibit, which include a model canon and a suit of armor, both on loan from the Art Institute. A co-curator of the exhibition, Karr Schmidt discussed the ways new military technologies were depicted in print works from the period, while Tavares—who serves as Curator of Arms, Armor, and European Decorative Arts before 1700 at the Art Institute—traced the development of the technologies themselves and their impact on life in Renaissance-era Europe. Illustrating their conversation with images of objects from the period and items showcased in the exhibit, Karr Schmidt and Tavares illuminated the artistry and craftsmanship at work in the new military technologies of the Renaissance period. Support for Renaissance Invention public programs is provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

COOKING BY THE BOOK What can cooks and writers learn from the cookbooks of the past, and how can historians and other scholars learn from the ways we cook today? On October 2, the Newberry hosted “Cooking by the Book,” a virtual conversation between chefs, authors, and scholars about food, culture, and history. Inaugurating “Food and the Book”—a virtual conference co-sponsored by the Newberry and the Folger Shakespeare Library—the program featured four panelists whose work focuses on the intersection of cooking, writing, and Clockwise from upper left: Irina Dumitrescu, David B. Goldstein, Paul Fehribach, Tamar E. Adler, and historical research: chef and writer Michael Twitty participate in a virtual conversation about how history and culture intersect in food. Tamar E. Adler, literary scholar Irina Dumitrescu, local chef and author Paul Fehribach, and culinary historian and educator Michael Twitty. Throughout the conversation, which was moderated by Shakespearean scholar David B. Goldstein, the participants shared their thoughts about how books and recipes from the past have shaped—and continue to shape—food culture and cooking to the present day. In addition to discussing the privileging of written over oral recipes and the manner in which culinary canons are constructed, the panelists talked about the challenges of recipe interpretation and the ways cooking can serve as a source of pleasure in periods of social or public health crisis like our own.

Watch recordings of these programs at

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The Newberry Annual Report 2019–20


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Letter from the Chair and the President

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Newberry, The Newberry’s 133rd year began with sweeping changes in library leadership when Daniel Greene was appointed President and Librarian in August 2019. The year concluded in the midst of a global pandemic which mandated the closure of our building. As the Newberry staff adjusted to the abrupt change of working from home in mid-March, we quickly found innovative ways to continue Chair of the Board of Trustees President and Librarian engaging with our many audiences while making David C. Hilliard Daniel Greene plans to safely reopen the building. The Newberry responded both to the pandemic and to the civil unrest in Chicago and nationwide with creativity, energy, and dedication to advancing the library’s mission in a changed world. Our work at the Newberry relies on gathering people together to think deeply about the humanities. Our community — including readers, scholars, students, exhibition visitors, program attendees, volunteers, and donors — brings the library’s collection to life through research and collaboration. After in-person gatherings became impossible, we joined together in new ways, connecting with our community online. Our popular Adult Education Seminars, for example, offered a full array of classes over Zoom this summer, and our public programs also went online. In both cases, attendance skyrocketed, and we were able to signif icantly expand our geographic reach. With the Reading Rooms closed, library staff responded to more than 450 research questions over email while working from home. The Newberry’s Institute for Research and Education also pivoted quickly to meet scholars’ needs during the building’s closure. Our long-term fellows began holding their weekly seminar online, maintaining camaraderie as they concluded their fellowships at home. After our spring 2020 undergraduate seminar on Shakespeare in art, philosophy, and politics was interrupted, Newberry staff and seminar faculty helped students from DePaul, Loyola, Roosevelt, and UIC complete their projects from home and share final presentations by video. Our research centers supported scholarly networks remotely, offering virtual reading groups, professional development seminars for academics and graduate students, and a popular video series on the history of the Black Death and other medieval epidemics. Staff across the library participated regularly in an array of videos, livestreams, and social media activity promoting the Newberry’s collection to the public. Our Communications and Marketing Department gave audiences many creative opportunities to engage with Newberry collections and staff during the f irst months of the pandemic. The new “#NLfromhome” video series provided the opportunity to learn about staff members’ favorite items from the Newberry collection. “Chatting Poetic,” a new live video series on Instagram, featured staff members ref lecting on poems that resonated with them during these times of crisis.

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Perhaps the most dramatic impact of the pandemic was the skyrocketing demand for Newberry digital resources. Newberry Transcribe, an interactive site where the public can transcribe handwritten letters and diaries from our collections, saw a 243% increase in usage and more than 41,000 submissions from volunteers. Our Digital Collections for the Classroom, sets of digitized primary source materials with accompanying classroom exercises for teachers, were accessed 358,853 times last year, providing much needed digital content to teachers as they transitioned to remote learning. *** The pandemic had a signif icant impact on the library’s f inances and fundraising operations as well. With in-person gatherings cancelled, the Newberry experienced a substantial decline in revenue from our event rentals program and our bookshop; postponing our 2020 Award Dinner and cancelling the July 2020 Book Fair further compounded our losses. To offset these losses, our Board of Trustees issued a challenge to the Newberry community in April, offering to match all gifts made to our Annual Fund up to a total of $100,000. Donors acted, contributing $216,000 before June 30. This match enabled us to exceed our Annual Fund goal, raising $1,939,509 for the year. The number of new donors to the Annual Fund—more than 450 in the last year—demonstrates that our base of support in the community continues to grow. We are grateful to all of you who made a gift to the Newberry’s Annual Fund this past year. These unrestricted funds are always critically important; they have been particularly signif icant during the pandemic as we maintained our operations and supported our staff. The Annual Fund results highlighted a strong fundraising year. The Newberry raised $8,937,333 in FY20, an increase of more than $700,000 over the prior year. More than $1 million came from estate gifts, including a generous bequest from the estate of former Vice President for Research and Academic Programs, Richard H. Brown. Other notable gifts included a commitment from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund an additional three years of our long-term fellowships program; commitments from three new major donors to support exhibitions at the library; and a new six-f igure grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to make our Indigenous studies collections more accessible to tribal communities. Operating revenues for FY20 totaled $12.46 million, with expenses of $12.37 million. On June 30, the Newberry’s investment portfolio balance stood at $76.3 million. Further details on our f inancial position can be found at the end of this report. *** Although the pandemic occupied much of our focus during the last months of the f iscal year, it is worth remembering that the Newberry operated under regular conditions from July 2019 through mid-March 2020—or nearly 70% of service days in a typical year. Statistics for the period during which the building was open to the public suggest that we were on track to have an impressive year of service. Reader registrations of at least 3,394 readers equate to 72% of last year’s registrants. We recorded 7,642 reading room visits by 3,278 unique readers, or 79% of the visits in FY19; this average of 44 readers per day was up from 39 last year. The highest Reader Services increase was in collection presentations: 209 collection presentations to 2,890 attendees, or 82% of last year’s total. Reference inquiries totaled 6,785 in FY20, or 72% of the prior year’s. The Department of Public Engagement also showed impressive audience f igures, with programs drawing nearly 10,000 in-person attendees through March 2020. Among the department’s most notable


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accomplishments was the conclusion of the year-long project Chicago 1919: Confronting the Race Riots, which was honored with the 2020 Outstanding Public History Project Award from the National Council on Public History. The series drew more than 2,700 participants to 11 public programs and generated signif icant attention from the media and from Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who spoke at the Newberry’s July 2019 Bughouse Square Debates. A resounding success, Chicago 1919 will serve as a model for future collaborative efforts at the Newberry. At the beginning of 2020, we established a new Exhibitions Department at the Newberry, in our continuing effort to diversify our audience and encourage visitors to engage with our collection. The Newberry mounted two thematic exhibitions this past year: What Is the Midwest? and Jun Fujita: American Visionary, presented in partnership with the Poetry Foundation. The pandemic forced the rescheduling of Renaissance Invention: Stradanus’s “Nova Reperta” (which you can read about in this issue of the magazine) from the spring to the fall of 2020. The Newberry’s fellowships program continues to be a core library activity and remains highly attractive to scholars across the humanities. During FY20, 12 long-term fellows conducted research on wideranging topics from journalism and democracy in twentieth-century Chicago to mapmaking in early modern Venice. The total number of short-term fellowship awards increased modestly, with 44 shortterm fellows in residence for sustained research in the collection. Our fellowships program remained among the most competitive in the nation, with an average of 8% of applicants accepted this year. The library’s broader service to scholars also continued apace, with 17 ongoing scholarly seminars and 66 scholars-in-residence at the Newberry.

FISCAL YEAR 2019–20 (70%)


One of the most signif icant accomplishments of the past year in Collections and Library Services was the migration of the online catalog’s public interface and technical infrastructure to ALMA Primo VE. Within the Newberry, the project required strong leadership and substantial effort by Collection Services staff, who addressed long-standing catalog maintenance issues, and by Reader Services staff, who created online documentation and instructional videos for readers.


Reader Registrations


Reading Room Visits

82% 72%

Collection Presentations

Reference Inquiries

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The list of new acquisitions purchased by or donated to the Newberry is too long to detail here. Some notable highlights include a 1493 copy of Cicero’s Rhetoricae ueteris, an incunable by Troilus Zani, a printer who had not been represented in our collection; the papers of Daniel Henderson, an attorney involved in many cases on behalf of Native American tribes in the early twentieth century; materials chronicling the 1915 Eastland Disaster ship accident in Chicago; papers of Nelson Algren, Sybil Shearer, and Eve L. Ewing; and a 2019 print portfolio, Territorio y Libertad, by a collaborative group of American and Mexican printmakers, which will be prominently featured in a 2021 exhibition on Latin American revolutions. *** Although the pandemic has altered the ways we do our work, it has not prevented us from enhancing our collection, making it accessible, and using it as a basis to engage both scholars and the general public. Nor has the pandemic stopped us from looking ahead: planning is already underway for new collaborative projects on Indigenous studies and on revolutions in Latin America; for exhibitions exploring Chicago’s contributions to avant-garde art and early modern concepts of race; and for ongoing improvements to the Newberry, such as enhancing our digital infrastructure and service to the public. As we navigate our way through uncertain conditions, all of our work is guided by our shared values and institutional priorities, including: Providing free and open access Building and sustaining communities of learning Advancing and disseminating knowledge for diverse audiences Growing and preserving the collection Each of these pillars will continue to be tested during the pandemic and its aftermath. They will also guide us as we reaffirm our commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Newberry. In response to the nationwide civil unrest following the death of George Floyd in May, the Newberry joined other Chicago cultural organizations to condemn systemic racism and express support for those who are mobilizing against it. We intend to back up our words with actions. In the coming months and years, we will engage in an institution-wide effort to become a more equitable institution of learning for all. To emerge as a stronger Newberry at the end of this period of uncertainty, we will have to remain creative and f lexible. We hope we can continue to rely on your support as we rise to meet the many challenges ahead. Finally, after three years as Chair of the Board of Trustees, David C. Hilliard will step down in fall 2020 and be succeeded by Burton X. Rosenberg. All of us at the Newberry appreciate David’s longstanding service and dedication to the library.

Sincerely yours,

David C. Hilliard, Chair, Board of Trustees

Daniel Greene, President and Librarian


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Collections and Library Services Summary statistics for the period July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.


• The Newberry received, as gifts from 167 individual donors, 1,519 titles (1,974 volumes) and 46 Modern Manuscript collections. • 944 titles ordered by subject specialists (curators and selectors). • $452,225 expended on library materials, of which $282,541 was for antiquarian materials. • $19,177 expended on electronic resources. • The Newberry subscribed to 2,350 current serials.


• 3,832 titles cataloged. • 1,129 titles (1,205 volumes) from the Roger S. Baskes Collection cataloged. • The Newberry has 1,133,233 records in the statewide catalog of academic and research libraries, of which 610,885 are held only by the Newberry. • 48 Modern Manuscripts collections (226.6 linear feet) accessioned. • 18 Modern Manuscripts collections (204.6 linear feet) processed. • 25 Encoded Archival Description (EAD) online archival inventories, or finding aids; 12 EAD stub finding aid records; and 8 MARC cataloging records for Modern Manuscripts collections created.


• 88 items received Level 1 treatments, which take less than 15 minutes. • 1,270 items received Level 2 treatments, which take 15-120 minutes. • 86 items received Level 3 treatments, which take over 120 minutes. • 955 phase and corrugated boxes were created by four volunteers.

• 131 items were surveyed, treated, and prepared for “From the Stacks” rotations in the Hanson gallery.


• 2,045,572 digital-collection items and digital resource pages viewed or downloaded. • 12% overall increase in use of digital collections at Newberry at Internet Archive, Explore Chicago collections, custom digital collection pages. • 358,853 webpages viewed by teachers and students at Digital Collections for the Classroom, an increase of 9%. • 41,032 manuscript pages transcribed by volunteers at the redesigned crowdsourcing website Newberry Transcribe. • 11,977 postcards sent, transcribed, or tagged at new crowdsourcing websites Postcard Tag and Postcard Sender. • 10 websites were launched, fully redesigned, or significantly rebuilt. • 2 Twitter accounts, @DigitalNewberry and @ctpabot, joined the Newberry’s official social media program to promote new and existing projects and interact with online users. • 94% more collection items digitized, supported by project funding for outsourcing projects.


Trienens Galleries What Is the Midwest?r September 20-December 31, 2019 Total attendance: 7,089 Curators: Jim Akerman, Analú López, and Matt Rutherford Jun Fujita: American Visionary January 24-March 31, 2020* Total attendance: 3,407 Curators: Katherine Litwin and Fred Sasaki, Poetry Foundation * The exhibition closed to the public on March 13, 2020. Exhibition tours Guided public tours: 52 Guided private tours: 4 Total number of tours: 56 Total attendance: 670 people Hanson Gallery From the Stacks June 11, 2019-August 29, 2019 August 30, 2019-November 18, 2019 November 20, 2019-March 9, 2020 Attendance: 37,538


• 3,394 individuals registered as Newberry readers, an average of 20 registrants per day. • 20,131 items requested for use in Reading Rooms. • 3,278 unique readers made 7,642 visits to Reading Rooms. • 8,276 reference interactions took place at service desks and 1,491 answered via reference correspondence. • 3,928 participants attended Instruction and Outreach activities, including 209 collection presentations for 2,890 attendees. • 20,131 items paged for circulation to Reading Room and reserve readers.

• 280 items were surveyed, treated, prepared, and installed for What Is the Midwest? and Jun Fujita: American Visionary exhibitions in the Trienen galleries.

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Public Engagement SUMMARY FOR 2019–20

Total participation: 10,956 Adult Education Seminars: 2,184 Public programs: 7,770 Teacher programs: 1,002


Total seminar attendance: 2,184 Total seminars offered: 183 SEMINAR SUBJECT AREAS

Arts: 23 Chicago Interest: 17 Genealogy: 15 History and Social Sciences: 41

Mayor Lori Lightfoot presents the Altgeld Freedom of Speech Award to journalist Derrick Blakley at the 2019 Bughouse Square Debates.

Charles Whitaker and Natalie Moore ref lect on the legacies of the 1919 Chicago race riots.

Language: 6 Literature and Theater: 42 Music: 15 Philosophy and Religion: 2 Writing Workshops: 11 Jun Fujita: American Visionary Exhibition Series: 6 “Pandemic Perspectives” Series: 5 Programs canceled due to pandemic: Seminars: 38 Participants affected: 568


Jack Miller Center Three-Day Teacher Summer Seminar: Constitutional Rights: Their Roots and Scope

Programs canceled due to pandemic:

Organized by Svetovar Minkov, Roosevelt University; Guest Faculty: Svetozar Minkov, Roosevelt University; Nathan Tarcov, University of Chicago; and Ada Palmer, University of Chicago

NTC-Plus seminars: 2

August 7 – 9, 2019

Newberry Traveling Collections classroom visits: 5

19 attended Jack Miller Center One-Day Teacher Seminar: The 14th Amendment

Organized by Svetozar Minkov, Roosevelt University; Guest Faculty: Frank Colucci, Purdue University Northwest

Teacher seminar enrollment: 891

November 16, 2019

Total seminar attendance: 701

19 attended

Total seminars offered: 46 Total student field trips to the Newberry: 2

Newberry Teacher’s Consortium (NTC)

Total field trip attendance: 43

38 standard seminars; 600 attended

Total Newberry Traveling Collections classroom visits: 8

5 NTC Plus seminars with collection presentations; 58 attended

Total Traveling Collections visits attendance: 185


Other classroom visits: 3

1 seminar; 5 attended

Total other classroom visits attendance: 73 New Digital Collections for the Classroom: 8

National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution—Chicago Chapter Summer 2019 Newberry Teacher Fellow: Niamh Burke

“Tejanas: Fighting Erasure in the Borderlands”


Fall/Winter 2020

Newberry Teacher’s Consortium standard seminars: 4 Jack Miller Center Teacher Seminar: Human Rights v. Constitutional Rights


Total program attendance: 7,770 Number of programs: 43 Programs affected by the pandemic: Public programs postponed: 11 Public programs canceled: 8 THE BUGHOUSE SQUARE DEBATES

Washington Square Park July 27, 2019 (attendance 972) Welcome and Introduction

Lori Lightfoot, Mayor of Chicago

Public Engagement Main Debate: The Legacies of 1919

The Language of Bronzeville: Literature and Race in Chicago

Firelines: Midwestern Prairie Restoration

Eve Ewing and Ken Warren; moderated by Liesl Olson

December 3, 2019 (attendance 62)

September 24, 2019 (attendance 218) Held at the Newberry

FLOE: Dance and Dialogue about Climate Change

Derrick Blakley, broadcast and print journalist, recently retired from CBS 2 Chicago

Policing Racial Violence: 1919 and Beyond

Carrie Hanson and Dan Vimont; dancers from The Seldoms dance company

Simon Balto, Andrew Clarno, and Robin Robinson; moderated by Nancy Villafranca

February 25, 2020 (attendance 179)


October 15, 2019 (attendance 230)

Foodways of the Midwest

Natalie Y. Moore, South Side Reporter, WBEZ Chicago Charles Whitaker, Dean and Professor, Medill School, Northwestern University John Peter Altgeld Freedom of Speech Award

October 19, 2019 (attendance 1,070) CHICAGO 1919: CONFRONTING THE RACE RIOTS

A series of event organized by the Newberry in collaboration with other Chicago cultural institutions. Reflections of Youth: Spoken Word Performance and Conversation

Louder Than a Bomb Squad performers: Penelope Alegria, Nicholas Berry, Nilah Foster, Anaya Frazier, Jerome Kelly, Sarah Kim, Taisaun Levi, Jonquil McCray, Kristal Moseley, Kyla Pereles, Derrian Samuels, and Morgan Varnado. Moderators: National Youth Poet Laureates and YCA alumnae Patricia Frazier and Kara Jackson August 12, 2019 (attendance 198)

Held at Chicago History Museum Red Summer/Winter Blues, Rough Cut Screening and Discussion

Panelists: Barbara Allen, Gail Baker, Cameron McWhirter, and Jacqueline Stewart; Musicians: Sean “SB” Butler, Ugochi Nwaogwugwu, and Reginald Robinson November 14, 2019 (attendance 133) Held at DuSable Museum of African American History WHAT IS THE MIDWEST? PROGRAMS Roundtable: What Is the Midwest?

Toby Higbie, Jon Lauck, Erik McDuffie, Jean O’Brien, and Sujey Vega October 5, 2019 (attendance 140)

Held at Harold Washington Library

Members of the Young Chicago Authors Bomb Squad give a spoken-word performance as part of the Chicago 1919 series.

Jill Metcoff and Mike Mossman

Cynthia Clampitt, Pat Doerr, Liz Garibay, Michael Innis-Jiménez, Alison Orton, Sherry Williams March 7, 2020 (attendance 162) Great Migration Music at Bronzeville’s Forum Hall

Jada-Amina Harvey, Aaisha Haykal, Bernard Loyd, Erica Ruggerio, and Karen Stafford September 26, 2019 (attendance 81) Indigenous Languages and Peoples in the Midwest: Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day and the International Year of Indigenous Languages

Daryl Baldwin, Marcus Carriaga, Victorino Torres Nava, Michele Wellman-Teeple, and Marcus Winchester; moderator, Margaret Noodin. October 12, 2019 (attendance 60)

Dancers from The Seldoms dance company represent the effects of climate change through modern choreography. The Newberry Annual Report




News in Chicago . . . Today and Tomorrow

Rick Kogan and Carol Marin October 1, 2019 (attendance 151)

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Photographic Memory: Carlos Javier Ortiz Reflects on Fujita’s Iconic Images

October 12, 2019 (attendance 220)

Carlos Javier Ortiz, Ethan Michaeli March 10, 2020 (attendance 80)

The Midwest as Place

Kristin Hoganson and Timothy Gilfoyle December 5, 2019 (attendance 145) MEET THE AUTHOR Where the Angels Lived: One Family’s Story of Exile, Loss, and Return

Christmas Comes But Once a Year

December 14, 2019 (attendance 225) Richard III

January 11, 2020. (attendance 187)

Two Books on Policing, Violence, and Torture in Chicago

Simon Balto and Laurence Ralph October 2, 2019 (attendance 80) Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side

Lee Bey in conversation with Amanda Williams

Imagining the End: Thoughts on Mourning, Happiness, and Radical Hope

Jonathan Lear Romeo and Juliet

February 18, 2020 (attendance 179)

February 22, 2020 (attendance 160)

Margaret McMullan August 29, 2019 (attendance 42)



Graham Lee, Katherine Litwin, and Fred Sasaki February 4, 2020 (attendance 215) The Love and Life of Jun Fujita

Drag Queen Story Hour

Miss JerFay and Miss Sutton September 14, 2019 (attendance 84) Drag Queen Story Hour

Muffy Fishbasket and Rylan Reed November 2, 2019 (attendance 41)

Takako Day, Graham Lee, and Ryan Yakota February 13, 2020 (attendance 94)

October 23, 2019 (attendance 212) Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City

Andrew Sandoval-Strausz November 12, 2019 (attendance 67) Books That Built Chicago: Chicago’s Architectural History in Print

Robert Bruegmann, Kim Coventry, John Ronan, and Pauline Seliga December 11, 2019 (attendance 115) A New World Begins: The History of the French Revolution

Jeremy Popkin February 6, 2020 (attendance 124)

Graham Lee and the Poetry Foundation’s Katherin Litwin and Fred Sasaki introduce the winter exhibition Jun Fujita: American Visionary, co-sponsored by the Newberry and the Poetry Foundation.


Fall/Winter 2020

Public Engagement

Carol Marin and Rick Kogan discuss the state of journalism as part of Conversations at the Newberry.

Scholar and Newberry Trustee Jean O’Brien discusses representations of Indigenous peoples in the United States during a virtual public program.


Freedom Ride Opera Panel Discussion/ Performance

Sophonisba Breckinridge: Championing Women’s Activism in Modern America

The Importance of Cultural Memory: An Evening with the Newberry Library and the National Endowment for the Humanities

Tazewell Thompson and Lidiya Yankovskaya; Singers: Cornelius Johnson, Lauren Michelle, and Robert Sims

Anya Jabour in conversation with Mary Hale

Charles Bethea, Lynn Osmond, Jon Parrish Peede, David Spadafora, and Christopher Woods

January 29, 2020 (attendance 184)

June 3, 2020 (attendance 197) Monumental Mobility: The Memory Work of Massasoit

August 14, 2019 (attendance 78)


Jean O’Brien and Lisa Blee in conversation with Rose Miron

Ten Days That Shook the World: Eisenstein and the Russian Revolution

The World of Juliette Kinzie: Chicago Before the Fire

June 17, 2020 (attendance 204)

Frank Biletz and Julia Denn

Ann Durkin Keating in conversation with Brad Hunt

Newberry Trivia Night

September 14, 2019 (attendance 227)

April 14, 2020 (attendance 249) Children’s and Youth Literature from the UNAM Collection

Introducing “Postcard Tag”

Erika Erdely, Gina Gamboa, Ana Elsa Pérez Martínez, and Gema Ortega

Samantha Blickhan, Ellen Handy, Jennifer Dalzin, Will Hansen, Jen Wolfe, Brad Hunt

September 17, 2019 (attendance 77)

May 7, 2020 (attendance 81)

The City-State of Boston: Refiguring Colonial American History

Troublemakers: Chicago Freedom Struggles Through the Lens of Art Shay

Colonial History Lecture Mark Peterson

Erik S. Gellman in conversation with Brad Hunt

October 26, 2019 (attendance 132)

May 14, 2020 (attendance 124)

Paul Durica and Kristin Emery June 30, 2020 (attendance 120)

Page vs. Stage: Inside Shakespeare’s First Folio

Peter Garino and Jill Gage May 20, 2020 (attendance 171)

The Newberry Annual Report



Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow

Long-Term Fellows: 12

Elisa Garcia, Professor of History, Fluminense Federal University

Fellowship Dollars Awarded from Newberry funds: $357,000 Short-Term Fellows: 44 47 months of funding

National Endowment for the Humanities and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow

Fellowship Dollars Awarded from Newberry funds: $122,500

Kimberly Hedlin, Contingent Faculty in Literature, UCLA

Fellowship Dollars awarded through Partners: $16,250

Rudolph Ganz Fellow

Faculty Fellows: 4 Fellowship Dollars Awarded: $5,000 Total Fellowship Dollars Awarded from the Newberry: $492,500 Publication Grant Subventions: 2 recipients

Thomas Kernan, Assistant Professor of Musicology, Roosevelt University 2019–20 SHORT-TERM FELLOWS

Arthur and Janet Holzheimer Fellow in the History of Cartography

Eleanor Coulter, PhD candidate in History, McGill University Institute for the International Education of Students Faculty Fellow

Zulima Sánchez, Senior Lecturer, Social and Political Sciences, Administrative and European Law, Salamanca University Lawrence Lipking Fellow

Ilana Larkin, PhD candidate in Literature, Northwestern University

Frances C. Allen Fellow

Midwest Modern Language Association Fellow

Total Number of Scholars supported: 62

Victoria Clark, PhD candidate in Musicology, University of Virginia

*Cynthia Smith, PhD candidate in Literature, Miami University


American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellow

Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Faculty Fellows

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows

*Kelly Summers, Assistant Professor of History, MacEwan University

Jennifer Denetdale, Associate Professor of American Studies, Northern Arizona University

Nicholas Abbott, Assistant Professor of History, Old Dominion University

John S. Aubrey Fellow

Karen-Edis Barzman, Professor of Art History, Binghamton University

*Victoria Jackson, PhD candidate in History, York University

Todd Carmody, Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature, Hamilton College

Lester J. Cappon Fellow in Documentary Editing

Deborah Cohen, Professor of History, Northwestern University

*Isabella Magni, Postdoctoral Associate in Italian and Digital Humanities, Rutgers University

Laura Edwards, Professor of History and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, Duke University

Jan and Frank Cicero Fellow

Grant Dollars Awarded: $8,000

Eugene Park, Filmmaker Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow

Charles Montgomery Gray Fellows

Heather Allen, Associate Professor of Spanish, University of Mississippi

*Claudia Catalano, Postdoctoral Scholar in Literature, University of Rome “La Sapienza”

Lloyd Lewis Fellow in American History and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow

Tom Arnold-Forster, Postdoctoral Scholar in History, University of Cambridge Monticello College Foundation Fellow

Federica Caneparo, Postdoctoral Scholar in Literature, University of Chicago


Fall/Winter 2020

Anca-Delia Moldovan, PhD candidate in Art History, University of Warwick Mihoko Suzuki, Professor of English, University of Miami *Kevin Windhauser, PhD candidate in Literature, Columbia University ElDante Winston, PhD candidate in Architectural History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jacob Lee, Assistant Professor of History, Pennsylvania State University Louise Siddons, Associate Professor of Art History, Oklahoma State University Megan Tusler, Contingent Faculty of Literature, University of Chicago *Tisa Wenger, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Yale University Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Graduate Fellows

Neil Dodge, PhD candidate in History, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Chelsea Frazier, PhD candidate in History, University of Oklahoma Katherine Godfrey, PhD candidate in History, Pennsylvania State University *Kevin Hooper, PhD candidate in History, University of Oklahoma *Amanda Johnson, PhD student in History, Oklahoma State University *Sherri Sheu, PhD candidate in History, University of Colorado at Boulder

Fellowship Programs Newberry Library – American Musicological Society Fellow

The Renaissance Society of America/Kress Foundation Fellow

Carolyn Watts, PhD candidate in Musicology, Princeton University

Jakub Koguciuk, PhD Candidate in History of Art and Renaissance Studies, Yale University

Newberry Library – American Society for Environmental History Fellow

Anne Jacobson Schutte Fellow

*Stephen Hausmann, Assistant Professor of History, Temple University Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium Faculty Fellows

Sara Barker, Assistant Professor of History, University of Leeds *Daniel Nemser, Associate Professor in Literature, University of Michigan Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium Graduate Fellows

Erasmo Castellani, PhD candidate in History, Duke University Marlena Cravens, PhD candidate in Literature, University of Texas at Austin Newberry Library – École Nationale des Chartes Exchange Fellow

Filippo Petricca, PhD candidate in Romance Literature and Languages, University of Chicago Newberry Library – Jack Miller Center Fellows

*Justin Carroll, Associate Professor of History, Indiana University East Tessa Evans, PhD candidate in History, University of Tennessee Newberry Library Short-Term Fellows

*Joanna Cohen, PhD candidate in Musicology, University of Virginia Samantha Ege, PhD candidate in Musicology, University of York *Madison Heslop, PhD candidate in History, University of Saint Thomas *Nathan Tye, PhD candidate in History, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana *Rachel Waxman, PhD candidate in History, Johns Hopkins University

*Kathryn Santner, Postdoctoral Scholar in Art History, University of London Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Illinois Fellow

Andrew Keener, Assistant Professor of Literature, Santa Clara University Arthur and Lila Weinberg Fellow

Ruth Lopez, Journalist Weiss/Brown Publication Subvention Award

Francesco Lucioli, Assistant Professor of Literature, University College Dublin Nina Rowe, Associate Professor of Art History, Fordham University

2019–20 FACULTY FELLOWS Associated Colleges of the Midwest Faculty Fellows

Elizabeth Prevost, Professor of History, Grinnell College Ralph Savarese, Professor of English, Grinnell College

Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar Faculty Fellows

Megan Heffernan, Assistant Professor of English, DePaul University James Knapp, Professor of English, Loyola University Chicago

* Denotes a fellowship that was awarded in 2019-20 but the fellow was unable to come due to COVID-19. Fellows are able to reschedule their residencies in 2020-21.

Susan Kelly Power and Helen Hornbeck Tanner Fellow

Kathleen Whiteley, PhD candidate in History, University of Michigan The Newberry Annual Report


Research Centers and Programming for Scholars 2019–20 NEWBERRY INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATION STATISTICS

Scholarly activity by Research Centers and other units CENTER FOR RENAISSANCE STUDIES CONFERENCES, SYMPOSIA, AND LECTURES Petrarch in His Own Hand

Symposium July 16, 2019 Attendance: 45 Presenters:

Isabella Magni, Newberry Library Maddalena Signorini, Università degli Studi di Roma H. Wayne Storey, Indiana University Reading the Ministry in the Americas, 1492-Present

Michael Brown, University of Aberdeen Heather Bruegl, Stockbridge Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians (remarks read in absentia by Rose Miron, Newberry Library)

Interactive Book Session, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries:

Christopher Fletcher, Newberry Library

Lesa Dowd, Newberry Library

Stephanie Fletcher, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries

Roger Ferlo, Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation

Suzanne Karr Schmidt, Newberry Library

Christopher Fletcher, Newberry Library

Douglas Litts, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries

Marina Garone Gravier, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Autumn Mather, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries

Megan Kelly, Newberry Library Mike Kelly, Amherst College Rose Miron, Newberry Library

Illustrating Manuscripts in the Premodern Age:

Lesa Dowd, Newberry Library Christopher Fletcher, Newberry Library

Kenneth Sawyer, McCormick Theological Seminary Alice Schreyer, Newberry Library Collection presentation organized by Will Hansen and Analú López, Newberry Library Cosponsored by the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies and the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Aberdeen.

Interactive Book Session:

Christopher Fletcher, Newberry Library Suzanne Karr Schmidt, Newberry Library Megan Kelly, Newberry Library Autumn Mather, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries Roundtable:


The Art of Images in Premodern Books

October 10 – October 11, 2019


Christopher Fletcher, Newberry Library


November 15, 2019

Suzanne Karr Schmidt, Newberry Library

Christopher Fletcher, Newberry Library

Attendance: 79

Douglas Litts, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries Autumn Mather, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries

Keynote Address:

Kelly Wisecup, Northwestern University Presenters:

Colin Pope Barr, University of Aberdeen

Print Demonstration, School of the Art Institute of Chicago:

Cohosted and cosponsored by the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jeanine Coupe Ryding, School of the Art Institute of Chicago Shaurya Kumar, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

European Art Seminar participants examine books from the collection.


Fall/Winter 2020

Demonstration of early printmaking techniques at the School of the Art Institute.

Research Centers and Programming for Scholars PROGRAMS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS 2020 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

January 23 – January 25, 2020 Total Attendance: 68 Organizers:

Clara Biesel, University of Minnesota Katie Blankenau, Northwestern University

Miriam Wendling, KU Leuven Cella Westray, Northwestern University

Exposed to the Elements: Matter and Knowledge in Early Modern Europe

Anna Zayaruznaya, Yale University

Thursdays, January 16-April 2, 2020

Keynote Address:


Rob C. Wegman, Princeton University

Rebecca Zorach, Northwestern University

“Back to the Source”


Cosponsored by the Society for Music Theory’s Early Music Analysis Interest Group and the Graduate Council at the University of Chicago.

Katherine Brown, University of Illinois at Chicago

Valentina Geri, University of Notre Dame Marcus Höhne, University of Kansas David Kemp, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Tania Kolarik, University of Wisconsin-Madison

ACADEMIC PROGRAMMING Early Modern Recipes Online Collective Transcribathon

Olivia Dill, Northwestern University LaMar Gayles, University of Illinois at Chicago Elizabeth Hunter, University of Illinois at Chicago Emily Kamm, Northwestern University Stephanie Lee, Northwestern University Juan Fernando Leon, Northwestern University

November 5, 2019

Kristin Lipkowski, University of Illinois at Chicago

Attendance: 60

Risa Puleo, Northwestern University

Hayla May, Oklahoma State University


Arianna Ray, Northwestern University

Kelli McQueen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Megan Heffernan, DePaul University

Richard Reinhardt, University of Michigan

Lia Markey, Newberry Library

Michail Vlasopoulos, University of Chicago

Michal Zechariah, University of Chicago

Sarah Peters Kernan, EMROC/Newberry Library

Benjamin Weil, Northwestern University

Courtney MacPhee, Claremont Graduate University

Jen Wolfe, Newberry Library Customized Books, 1400–1700

Lecture May 29, 2020 (via Zoom) Attendance: 104 Walter S. Melion, Emory University

Organized globally by the Early Modern Recipes Online Collective and the Folger Shakespeare Library. Local event co-organized and cosponsored with the Newberry’s Department of Public Engagement.

Dissertation Seminar for Scholars of Religion and Politics

October 4, 2019; December 6, 2019; February 21, 2020; May 1, 2020 Directors:

Ellen McClure, University of Illinois at Chicago Music, Theory, and their Sources

Conference June 19 – June 30, 2020 (via Zoom) Total Attendance: 255

Ten-Week Graduate Seminars Reading Catalan for Research Purposes

Thursdays, October 3-December 5, 2019 Instructor:

Alba Girons Masot, University of Chicago

Jonathan Lyon, University of Chicago Participants:

Hayley Bowman, University of Michigan Megan Cole, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Jorge Hernández-Lasa, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kaitlin Browne, Northwestern University

Travis Knapp, University of Missouri

Nicole Corrigan, Emory University

David Papendorf, University of Central Michigan

Brian Forman, Northwestern University

Brendan Small, University of Chicago

Evan Campbell, SUNY-Potsdam

Kelli McQueen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

David Douglass, The Newberry Consort (Live Presentation)

Adrian van der Velde, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mario Antonio Cossío Olavide, University of Minnesota

Jan Volek, University of Minnesota

Patrick Fitzgibbon, University of Chicago

Adam Singh, Indiana University

Liam Hynes-Tawa, Yale University

Valentina Tikoff, DePaul University


Ryan Taycher, University of Massachusetts Amherst Presenters:

Kyle Adams, Indiana University Henry Burnam, Yale University

Zhenru Zhou, University of Chicago

Yujin Jang, University of Pittsburgh Megan Kaes Long, Oberlin Conservatory Brett Kostrzewski, Boston University Rachel McNellis, Library of Congress The Newberry Annual Report


Research Centers and Programming for Scholars Research Methods Workshops

Library Services and Premodern Studies: An Introduction

Elisa Jones, Newberry Library

Exploring Digital Premodern Libraries

November 16, 2019

Natalia Maliga, Newberry Library

October 12, 2019


Virginia Meredith, Newberry Library


Christopher Fletcher, Newberry Library

Kyle Roberts, Loyola University Chicago


Early Modern Anglo-Muslim Encounters


Sheryll Blaschak, Wayne State University

March 6, 2020

Sheryll Blaschak, Wayne State University


MĂŠline Dumot, Northwestern University

William Edmundson, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Maxwell Gray, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Mya Frieze, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Logan Hughes, Claremont Graduate University

Yujin Jang, University of Pittsburgh

Nick Abbott, Old Dominion University

Yujin Jang, University of Pittsburgh

Luke Jennings, University of Western Ontario

Ingram Brannon, Northwestern University

Courtney MacPhee, Claremont Graduate University

Krystal Marsh, University of Pittsburgh

William Caldwell, Northwestern University

Laura Michelson, University of Iowa

Nicole Crisp, University of Arizona

Fabio Malfara, University of Western Ontario

Lino Mioni, Indiana University

Kelly Duquette, Emory University

Elizabeth Barrios Martinez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Melissa Nunchuck, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Muhammad Farooq, Kent State University

Melissa Nunchuck, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Courtney Pollard, University of California, Davis

Megan Kelly, Newberry Library

Jyotsna Singh, Michigan State University Participants:

Madiha Ghous, Michigan State University Samantha Goodrich, University of Arizona

Austin Setter, Western Michigan University

Jerilyn Tinio, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Emily Sharrett, Loyola University Chicago

Lanson Wells, Kent State University

Hanna Khan, University of Illinois at Chicago

Kyle Smith, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Krislyn Zhorne, Loyola University Chicago

Sarah Le, Indiana University

Lanson Wells, Kent State University

Zhenru Zhou, University of Chicago

Marla Lunderber, Hope College

Guest Speakers:

Joshua Mangle, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Lauren Calcote, Newberry Library

Elizabeth Neary, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lesa Dowd, Newberry Library

Maggie Schuster, University of Illinois at Chicago

Jill E. Gage, Newberry Library

Katie Sisneros, University of Minnesota

Jessica Grzegorski, Newberry Library

Ameer Sohrawady, Rutgers University

Henry Harris, Newberry Library

Tim Soriano, University of Illinois at Chicago

Collecting Histories: Introduction to Provenance Research

October 25, 2019 Director:

Shirin Fozi Jones, University of Pittsburgh Participants:

Ira Kazi, University of Western Ontario

Morgan Brittain, University of Iowa Lauren Cantos, Queen Mary University Erin Daly, University of Iowa MĂŠline Dumot, Northwestern University Mya Frieze, University of Wisconsin-Madison Emmaleigh Huston, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Claire Kilgore, University of Wisconsin-Madison Tania Kolarik, University of Wisconsin-Madison Nora Lambert, University of Chicago Melissa Nunchuck, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Emilee Ruhland, University of Pittsburgh Mindy Williams, Purdue University Krislyn Zhorne, Loyola University Chicago


Fall/Winter 2020

The 2019 Mellon Italian Paleography institute participants with instructor Maddalena Signorini.

Research Centers and Programming for Scholars VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING

Virtual Coffee Klatsch

CRS Virtual Reading Group: The History of the Book

Biweekly meeting held via Zoom to share wisdom about writing, research, and teaching during the pandemic.

Organized by Christopher Fletcher, Newberry Library

April 21, 2020; May 5, 2020; May 19, 2020, June 2, 2020. Total attendance: 50

Session 1: Introduction to Bibliography

April 16, 2020

Work-in-Progress Colloquium

Attendance: 41 participants

Virtual program held via Zoom for panelists to receive feedback on current projects.

Expert Speaker:

Michael Johnston, Purdue University

May 21, 2020 Attendance: 23

Session 2: The Medievalness of Early Modern Books


April 30, 2020

Claire Taylor Jones, University of Notre Dame

Attendance: 62 participants

Silvia Z. Mitchell, Purdue University

Tato Gyulamiryan, Hope College

Expert Speaker:

Carol Symes, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Session 3: Emblems

May 14, 2020 Attendance: 41 participants

Affinity Groups

Scholars of Color (7 members) Parents and Caregivers (8 members) Scholars with Disabilities (3 members) Queer Scholars (5 members)

Expert Speaker:

Post-, Alt-, and Non-academic Scholars (5 members)

Mara Wade, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Contingent Scholars (3 members)

Session 4: Indigenous Bookmaking

Mid-Career Researchers (11 members)

May 28, 2020

Women and Femme Scholars (19 members)

Attendance: 65 participants Expert Speaker:

Claudia Brittenham, University of Chicago Session 5: Prints and Engravings

Early Career Researchers (23 members)

Accountability Partners

Two- and three-person partnerships assigned based on similarities in professional status, research interests, and discipline. 13 partnerships (36 total participants)

June 11, 2020 Attendance: 41 participants Expert Speaker:

Walter Melion, Emory University Premodern Writing Support Network

Organized by Rebecca Fall, Newberry Library April 9 – June 8, 2020 Total participants: 52

Directors of the Center for Renaissance Studies celebrate the 40th anniversary of its founding(left to right): Mary Beth Rose, Clark Hulse, Carla Zecher, Karen Christianson, and Lia Markey.

Online Video Series: “Learning from Premodern Plagues”

Organized by Lia Markey, Newberry Library “The Perils of Reopening: The Plague in Marseille, 588 CE”

Christopher Fletcher, Newberry Library Posted: June 2, 2020

“Plague Broadsides: Or, How a Dog Saved 17th-century Rome”

Suzanne Karr Schmidt, Newberry Library Posted: June 30, 2020 DIGITAL PROJECTS Italian Paleography French Renaissance Paleography The Emblemata Politica In Context: Georg Rem’s Manuscript at the Newberry Library emblemata-politica/index Renaissance Invention: Stradanus’s Nova Reperta

Digital Collections for the Classroom (DCC) The Making of the Bible, 1400–1700

Digital Collections for the Classroom making_bible

The Newberry Annual Report



Tarren Andrews, University of Colorado-Boulder


C.M. Downey, University of Washington

Indigenous Languages and Peoples in the Midwest

Melanie Frye, University of Oklahoma

October 12, 2019

Eman Ghanayem, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Attendance: 55

Grant Glinecki, Michigan State University

Daryl Baldwin, Myaamia Center at Miami University

Carlos Enrique Ibarra, University of New Mexico Amanda Johnson, Oklahoma State University

The Red Power Movement from Alcatraz to Standing Rock and Beyond

November 20, 2019 Attendance: 91 Presenter:

Nick Estes, University of New Mexico PROGRAMS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Summer Research Institute Revitalizing Indigenous Languages

Jessica Martin, University of Winnipeg Brian Neely, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Kai Pyle, University of Minnesota Breanna Leslie Skye, Cornell University

Jenny L. Davis, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Margaret Noodin, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Patrick Rochford, Newberry Library Participants:

Sarah A. Sadlier, Harvard University

Nick Estes gives the annual D’Arcy McNickle Lecture.


Fall/Winter 2020

Marcus Carriaga, University of WisconsinMilwaukee Victorino Torres Nava, Xinachkalko Center and Anahuacalmecac School Margaret Noodin, Electa Quinney Institute and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Keely Smith, Princeton University

Michele Wellman-Teeple, Anishinaabemowin Pane Imersion Program

Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Graduate Student Conference

Marcus Winchester, Pokégnek Bodéwadmik Language and Culture Department

February 22, 2020 Monumental Mobility: The Memory Work of Massasoit

27 student participants

June 17, 2020


Attendance: 190

July 8, 2019 – July 26, 2019 Faculty:


First Nations Film and Video Festival


October 5, 2019 – March 7, 2020

Lisa Blee, Wake Forest University

Average Attendance: 28

Jean O’Brien, University of Minnesota


Ernest Whiteman III, First Nations Film and Video Festival Christine Diindiisi McCleave, National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition

Newberry Curator of Americana, Will Hansen presents a selection of materials related to Indigenous languages.


The Twentieth Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography


“Redrawing the World: 1919 and the History of Cartography”

June 10, 2019-July 6, 2019 Co-Directors:

James Akerman, Newberry Library Peter Nekola, Luther College Participants:

Benjamin Benus, Loyola University

Matthew Kirschenbaum, University of Maryland Analú López, Newberry Library Rose Miron, Newberry Library

November 7-9, 2019 2019 Material Maps in the Digital Age

Alison Hinderliter, Newberry Library


Peter Nekola, Luther College Presenters:

Mirela Altic, Univesity of Zagreb Lindsay Frederick Braun, University of Oregon Daniel Foliard, University of Paris, Nanterre

Marcia Walker-McWilliams, Black Metropolis Research Consortium Participants:

Claire Arnold, Northwestern University Laura Colaneri, University of Chicago William Fitzsimons, Northwestern University

Jason Hansen, Furman University

Kwanda Ford, University of California Los Angeles

Rebecca Church, Metropolitan State University

Peter Nekola, Luther College

Jessica Friedman, Northwestern University

Manolo Estavillo, Marymount Manhattan College

William Rankin, Yale University

Johnathan Karp, Harvard University

Leslie Geddes, Tulane University

Penny Sinangolou, Wake Forest University

William Keniston, University of Illinois

Stef ka Hristova, Michigan Technical University

Hon Tze-ki, City Univeristy of Hong Kong

Juan Suárez Ontaneda, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Robert Caldwell, SOWELA Community

Micaela Kowalski, University of Virginia Alexandra Lindgren-Gibson, University of Mississippi

Eilin Rafael Pérez, University of Chicago CHICAGO STUDIES PROGRAM

Ruth Lo, Columbia University Peter Machonis, Florida International University John Pendell, University of Michigan-Flint


Catalina Rodríguez, University of Los Andes Robert Ryan, University of Illinois-Chicago Thais R. S. de Sant’ Ana, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Andrew Reading, MacLean Collection

The Archive: Theory, Form, Practice

Oishani Sengupta, University of Rochester

Clayton Rosati, Bowling Green State University


Stephanie Shiflett, Boston University

Liesl Olson, Newberry Library

Francena Turner, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Molly Taylor-Poleskey, Middle Tennessee State University

Brent Hayes Edwards, Columbia University

Erik Wenzel, University of Illinois at Chicago

William “Harry” York, Portland State University

Catherine Grandgeorge, Newberry Library

NEH seminar participants in Material Maps in the Digital Age explore the topography and ecological history of the Indiana Dunes.

Participants in Making Modernism explore the art collection at the South Side Community Art Center. The Newberry Annual Report


Research Centers and Programming for Scholars NEH Summer Institute – Making Modernism Faculty:

Liesl Olson, Newberry Library Lee Bey, Chicago Sun Times Jacqueline Goldsby, Yale University Adam Green, University of Chicago Walter Benn Michaels, University of Illinois Chicago Amy Mooney, Columbia College Sarah Kelly Oehler, Art Institute of Chicago Participants:

Michael Allen, Harvard University Colleen Boggs, Dartmouth College Mark Burford, Reed College Clare Callahan, University of Texas at Austin Wendy Castenell, The University of Alabama Wendy Geniusz, University of WisconsinEau Claire

Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar 2020 students on a tour of the stacks.

Sara Gerend, Aurora University Ellen Handy, The City College of New York Almas Khan, Georgetown University Law Center


Agnes Malinowska, University of Chicago

British History Organizers:

Deborah Cohen, Northwestern University

Liane Malinowski, University of North Texas

American Art and Visual Culture Seminar

Jake Mattox, Indiana University South Bend


Erin McCarthy, Columbia College Chicago

Sarah Burns, Indiana University

Brett McMillan, Columbia University

Diane Dillon, Independent Scholar

Amani Morrison, University of Delaware

Erika Doss, University of Notre Dame

Chicago: City of Commerce and Design, 1889–1990

Jenny Mueller, McKendree University

Elizabeth McGoey, Art Institute of Chicago


Crystal Rudds, Malcolm X College Davis Smith-Brecheisen, University of Illinois at Chicago Nicole Spigner, Northwestern University Rebekah Waalkes, Tufts University Anna Wager, Hobart and William Smith Colleges Bess Williamson, School of the Art Institute of Chicago John Young, Marshall University

Stephen Pincus, University of Chicago

Penelope Dean, University of Illinois at Chicago

Nancy Newman, University at Albany-SUNY Uraina Pack, Clarion University

Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, University of Chicago

American Literature Seminar Organizers:

Michael Golec, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Walter Benn Michaels, University of Illinois at Chicago

Eighteenth-Century Seminar

Kenneth Warren, University of Chicago


Timothy Campbell, University of Chicago American Political Thought Seminar Organizers:

D. Bradford Hunt, Newberry Library Andrew Trees, Roosevelt University

Lisa A. Freeman, University of Illinois at Chicago Richard Squibbs, DePaul University Helen Thompson, Northwestern University Gender and Sexuality Studies Seminar

Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar Organizers:

Xóchitl Bada, University of Illinois at Chicago Gema Santamaría, Loyola University Adam Goodman, University of Illinois at Chicago


Fall/Winter 2020


Elizabeth Son, Northwestern University Francesca Morgan, Northeastern Illinois University Ronak K. Kapadia, University of Illinois at Chicago

Research Centers and Programming for Scholars History of Capitalism Seminar

Premodern Seminar



Rudi Batzell, Lake Forest College

Lydia Barnett, Northwestern University

Destin Jenkins, University of Chicago

Timothy Crowley, Northern Illinois University

Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, Loyola University Chicago

Christopher Fletcher, Newberry Library

Irish Studies Seminar Organizers:

Megan Heffernan, DePaul University

ONGOING PROGRAMS Newberry Fellows Seminar

16 sessions Newberry Library Colloquia

37 sessions

Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar Organizers:

Keelin Burke, Newberry Library

Kathy Cummings, University of Notre Dame

Bridget English, University of Illinois at Chicago

Karen Johnson, Wheaton College

Colleen English, Loyola University

Deborah Kanter, Albion College

Labor History Seminar

Malachy McCarthy, Claretian Missionaries Archives USA-Canada


Kevin Schultz, University of Illinois at Chicago

Peter Cole, University of Illinois at Chicago

Rima Lunin Schultz, Independent Scholar

Colleen Doody, DePaul University Liesl Orenic, Dominican University

Urban History Dissertation Group

Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, Loyola University Chicago


Nicholas Kryzcka, University of Chicago

American Indian and Indigenous Studies Seminar Organizer:

Rose Miron, Newberry Library Milton Seminar



Stephen Fallon, University of Notre Dame Christopher Kendrick, Loyola University Chicago

One for The Books: The Pleasures & Politics of Reading Faculty:

Paula McQuade, DePaul University

Elizabeth Prevost, Grinnell College

Regina Schwartz, Northwestern University

Ralph Savarese, Grinnell College Fall 2019, 16 undergraduate students

European Art Seminar Organizers:

Suzanne Karr Schmidt, Newberry Library Lia Markey, Newberry Library Walter Melion, Emory University

NEWBERRY LIBRARY UNDERGRADUATE SEMINAR Shakespeare’s Afterlives: Literature, Philosophy, Politics, and the Visual Arts, 1623–2020* Faculty:

Megan Heffernan, DePaul University James Knapp, Loyola University Spring 2020, 20 undergraduate students * T his program was completed virtually after the COVID-19 pandemic closed the Newberry’s building in March 2020.

The Newberry Annual Report


Honor Roll of Donors Ms. Celine Fitzgerald

Ms. Margarete K. Gross

Julius N. Frankel Foundation

Mrs. Mary P. Hines

Madeleine and Joe Glossberg

Mr. and Mrs. R. Stanley Johnson

Dr. Hanna H. Gray John R. Halligan Charitable Fund

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Keiser Donor Advised Fund

Robert A. and Lorraine Holland

Laura Baskes Litwin and Stuart Litwin


Mr. and Mrs. John W. McCarter, Jr.

Professor Lawrence Lipking

Ken* and Jossy Nebenzahl

Barry MacLean

Professor and Mrs. Larrance M. O’Flaherty


Mr. Stephen A. MacLean

Dr. Diana Robin

Roger and Julie Baskes

Professor James H. Marrow and Dr. Emily Rose

Martha Roth and Bryon Rosner

Joan and William Brodsky

Mr. Andrew R. McGaan

Mr. Brian Silbernagel and Ms. Teresa Snider

Jan and Frank Cicero, Jr.

Andrew and Jeanine McNally

Carolyn and David Spadafora

The Crown Family

David E. McNeel

Jan and Bruce Tranen

The Davee Foundation

Ms. Mary Minow

Joan and Robert Feitler

Cindy and Stephen Mitchell

Ms. Carla J. Funk

Dr. Gail Kern Paster

Alice and Richard Godfrey

The Pattis Family Foundation

Mrs. Mary L. Gray

Jean E. Perkins and Leland E. Hutchinson

Mark and Meg Hausberg

Mr. John P. Rompon and Ms. Marian E. Casey

Victoria J. Herget and Robert K. Parsons

Dr. William H. Cannon, Jr. and Mr. David Narwich

John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe

Celia and David Hilliard

Holly and Bill Charles

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Sheffield, Jr.

Dr. Elizabeth Amy Liebman

Nancy Raymond Corral

Adele Simmons

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Siragusa

Ms. Shawn M. Donnelley and Dr. Christopher M. Kelly

Nancy and Richard Spain

Professors Stephen and Verna Foster

Carl W. Stern and Holly Hayes

Alan and Carol Greene

Liz Stiffel

Ted and Mirja Haffner

Gail and John Ward

Adele* and Malcolm H. Hast

Yellow-crowned Foundation

Janet and Arthur Holzheimer

The Newberry Library gratefully recognizes the following donors for their generous contributions received between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020.


The following donors generously made gifts to the Annual Fund and are recognized as members of the President’s Fellows or Newberry Associates.

Janis W. and John K. Notz, Jr. Christine and Michael Pope Roy and Irene Rettinger Foundation Sheli Z. Rosenberg and Burton X. Rosenberg Mr. and Mrs. Rudy L. Ruggles, Jr.

Robert Beasecker and Erika King Joan and John Blew

Mr. and Mrs. John J. Jiganti

Karla Scherer Harold B. Smith



Jay F. and Sylvia Krehbiel

Tom and Melanie Berg

Ms. Helen Marlborough and Mr. Harry J. Roper

Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Blair, Jr.

Ms. Helen McArdle

Charles H. and Bertha L. Boothroyd Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. McCamant

PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE ($10,000–$24,999)

Dr. and Mrs. Tapas K. Das Gupta

Edith Rasmussen Ahern and Patrick Ahern

Professor Jean M. O’Brien

John and Michele Donley

Mr. Gregory L. Barton

Father Peter J. Powell

Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Franke

Mr. T. Kimball Brooker

Dr. James Engel Rocks

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher B. Galvin

Buchanan Family Foundation

Sahara Enterprises, Inc.

James J. and Louise R. Glasser

Rob Carlson and Paul Gehl

Morrell M. Shoemaker*

Sue and Melvin Gray

Carton Family Fund

Mrs. Anne D. Slade

Daniel Greene and Lisa Meyerowitz

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wedgeworth, Jr.

Mr. David B. Smith, Jr. and Ms. Ilene T. Weinreich Carol Warshawsky

Mr. Lewis Collens


Fall/Winter 2020

Mr. and Mrs. Don H. McLucas, Jr.

* Deceased

Honor Roll of Donors Mr. Paul R. Wiggin and Mrs. Lisa Wiggin

Rosemary J. Schnell

Mr. and Ms. George R. Johnson

Thomas K. Yoder

Ms. Alice Schreyer

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel P. Kearney

Mr. Robert J. Zarse

Stephen A. and Marilyn Scott

Jonathan and Nancy Lee Kemper

Helen Zell

Junie L. and Dorothy L. Sinson

Kovler Family Foundation

Anonymous (2)

Ms. Grace K. Stanek

The Lawlor Foundation

Christian Vinyard

Ms. Lou Levine

Diane and Richard Weinberg Robert Williams

Ms. Sonya Malunda and Dr. E. Charles Lampley

Dr. Ellen T. Baird

Nora L. Zorich and Thomas W. Filardo

Mr. Arthur M. Martin

Mr. Charles T. Cullen

Anonymous (4)

Ann and Christopher McKee


Greg Miller and Edith Chen

Kimberly A. Douglass Dr. Lynne E. Fisher Dr. Michael P. Fitzsimmons

SCHOLARS ($1,000–$1,499)

The Charles W. Palmer Family Foundation Joe and Jo Ann Paszczyk

The Franklin Philanthropic Foundation

Mr. James R. Akerman and Ms. Luann Hamilton

Mr. Martin A. M. Gneuhs

Ms. Lynn Barr

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas D. Rutherford

Mr. and Mrs. William Goldberg

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Block

Mr. and Mrs. Eric Schaal

Hjordis Halvorson and John Halvorson

Ms. Andrea Bond

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Cheryl and Hill Hammock

John* and Judy Bross

Ilene and Michael Shaw Charitable Trust

Mr. William M. Hansen and Ms. Jaime L. Danehey

Mr. and Mrs. Allan E. Bulley III

Alyce K. Sigler

Mr. and Mrs. Dean L. Buntrock

Professor Eric Slauter

Mr. Thomas B. Harris

Ms. Margaret K. Carton and Mr. Harlan Stanley

Mrs. Diane W. Smith

Pati Heestand Ms. Kay D. Hinn

The Chicago Literary Club

Ms. Elizabeth Teich

Edward C. Hirschland

Barbara and George Clark

Mr. Peter Vale

Mr. D. Bradford Hunt

Ms. Sharon P. Cole

Anonymous (4)

Jane and Don Hunt

Leigh and Doug Conant

Mr. and Mrs. Martin D. Jahn

Ronald Corthell and Laura Bartolo

Mrs. Loretta N. Julian

Mrs. Ariane Dannasch

Jared Kaplan and Maridee Quanbeck

Magdalene and Gerald Danzer

Professor Karen-Edis Barzman

Professor and Mrs. Stanley N. Katz

The Dick Family Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Warren L. Batts

Ann C. Bates Kittle

David and Catherine Dolan

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

Mr. and Mrs. William F. Mahoney

Nancie and Bruce Dunn

Dr. Heather E. Blair

David and Anita Meyer

Mr. Henry Eggers

Mrs. Sara Blanshard and Mr. Luke Blanshard

Jackie and Tom Morsch

Mr. Michael L. Ellingsworth

Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Bliss

Mr. Charles H. Mottier and Mr. Philip J. Vidal

Dr. William E. Engel

Dea Brennan

Dr. Karole Schafer Mourek and Mr. Anthony J. Mourek

Elizabeth Fama and John Cochrane

Ms. Alice C. Brunner

Sonja and Conrad Fischer

Ms. Sara N. Paretsky

Pat and David Buisseret

Ruthie Newberry Gessinger

Ms. Laurette Petersen

Caxton Club

Mr. and Mrs. Robert I. Gilford

Meredith Petrov

Mr. Henry E. Charles

Professor Elliott J. Gorn

Nancy and Alan Petrov

Dr. D. Stephen Cloyd

Donald and Jane Gralen

Ben and Nancy Randall

Dr. Walter J. Daly

Neil Harris and Teri J. Edelstein

Mr. Charles R. Rizzo

Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Daniels

Mrs. Dorothy Harza

Ms. Diana L. DeBoy

Joanne C. Ruxin

Ms. Anne E. Rea and Mr. Kenneth A. Bigg

Carol S. Sonnenschein

HUMANISTS ($500–$999)

Bob and Trish Barr

The Newberry Annual Report


Honor Roll of Donors Ms. Nancy Dehmlow

Marjorie and Christopher Newman

Anthony and Nancy Amodeo

Mr. Gordon R. DenBoer

Mr. and Mrs. Fred S. Novy

Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Anderson

Ms. Suzette Dewey

Mr. and Mrs. James N. Nowacki

Rick and Marcia Ashton

Virginia Neal Dick

Dr. Dorothy Noyes and Mr. Michael Krippendorf

Mr. and Mrs. John S. Aubrey

Mr. Kevin M. Doherty and Ms. Jane Doherty Mr. Andrew K. Dolan

Mr. and Mrs. Ben E. Oosterbaan

Mr. and Mrs. James P. Baughman

David and Susan Eblen

Chris and Virginia Orndorff

Susan and Gary Beckner

Ms. Anne E. Egger

Ms. Joan L. Pantsios

Ms. Catharine D. Bell

Richard and Carol Ekman

Mr. Joseph A. Parisi

Ms. Susan R. Benner and Mr. John M. Meeks

Eldred-Harland Charitable Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation

Mr. Michael Payette

Ms. Laura A. Bentley

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Perlow

Ms. Julie Beringer

Mr. George E. Engdahl

The Queenan Foundation

Ms. Margaret Bjerklie

Mrs. Susan S. Ettelson

Dr. and Mrs. Nasim A. Rana

Peter Blatchford

Ms. Connie J. Fairbanks and Mr. Kirk Twiss

Janet Reece

Mr. David Bohan and Ms. Kathryn Kemp

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fanning

Mr. and Mrs. George Ritzlin

William and Sheila Bosron

Virginia and Gary Gerst

Dr. Jadwiga Roguska-Kyts

Dr. Jay Brigham

Dr. James Grossman and Ms. Ann Billingsley

Ms. Penelope Rosemont and Mr. Paul Sievert

Ms. Becky Brueckel

Mr. Robert Guritz

Mr. Joseph O. Rubinelli, Jr.

Mr. Todd Brueshoff

The William M. Hales Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. David S. Ruder

Ms. Lee R. Hamilton

Ms. Moira B. Buhse and Mr. Howard E. Buhse, Jr.

Stephen and Sharyl Hanna

Dr. Suzanne Karr Schmidt and Mr. Keith Schmidt

Professor and Mrs. Richard H. Helmholz

Ann and Brian Shoup

Mr. and Mrs. Frederic W. Hickman

Professor Susan Sleeper-Smith and Dr. Robert C. Smith

William O. Autry and Sarah E. Leach

Professor Rand Burnette and Mrs. Patricia B. Burnette Miss Martha M. Butler

Dr. Courtney Smotherman

Mr. Douglas R. Carlson and Mrs. Susan F. Carlson

Dr. Jane Smydo-Grover

Mr. Donald R. Chauncey

Mr. and Mrs. C. Richard Spurgin

The Chicago Chamber Music Society

Mr. John C. Stiefel and Ms. Lesa Ukman

Karen Ann Christianson and Robert Bionaz

Mr. Robert S. Kiely

Mr. Lawrence E. Strickling and Dr. Sydney L. Hans

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Claar

Ms. Heidi Heller Kiesler

Ms. Janet Surkin and Mr. Robert Stillman

Mr. Paul A. Kobasa

Dr. David Collins

Larry Viskochil

John and Barbara Kowalczyk

Jacqueline Vossler

Professors Kathleen M. Comerford and Mark Edwards

Dr. Ira D. Lawrence and Dr. Sona Kalousdian

Pam and Doug Walter

Professor and Mrs. Edward M. Cook, Jr.

Mr. David Lingo

Ms. Hedy Weinberg and Mr. Daniel Cornfield

Mr. David Copeland

Dr. Ruth F. MacKay

Dr. Edward Wheatley and Ms. Mary Mackay

Mr. John T. Cullinan and Dr. Ewa Radwanska

Mr. Craig T. Mason

Mr. Michael Winkelman

Mr. Roger M. Dahl

Mr. Alan Matsumura and Ms. Laura Erickson

Ms. Mary Witt

Ms. Laura S. de Frise and Mr. Steve Rugo

Abby McCormick O’Neil and Daniel Carroll Joynes

Anonymous (1)

Mr. and Mrs. Julian C. D’Esposito, Jr.

Clark and Carolyn Hulse Kathryn Gibbons Johnson and Bruce Johnson Ms. Tiffany Jones Mr. Paul R. Judy Mr. and Mrs. Norman O. Jung

Ms. Catherine J. Dolton

Dr. Ailsie B. McEnteggart Dr. Joellen A. Meglin and Mr. Richard C. Brodhead

LITERATI ($250–$499)

Professor Edward W. Muir, Jr.

Mr. Endre Agocs

Mrs. Susan Nagarkatti

Mrs. Bari Amadio and Dr. Peter Amadio


Fall/Winter 2020

Mr. Mitchell Cobey and Ms. Janet L. Reali

Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. Adler

Mr. Jonathan G. Don and Ms. Elizabeth Blodgett Patricia Dore, Ph.D. Mr. Robert P. Doyle Jon and Susanne Dutcher * Deceased

Honor Roll of Donors Laura F. Edwards and John P. McAllister

Mr. Bruce Kirkpatrick

Ms. Alicia Reyes

Mr. and Mrs. Fred R. Egloff

Professor and Mrs. Christopher Kleinhenz

Dr. Patricia L. Richards

Dr. Marilyn Ezri

Mr. James Klies

Mr. and Mrs. Harold D. Rider

Vince Firpo

Mr. and Mrs. Melvin J. Koenigs, Jr.

Tony and Amy Rieck

Kenneth and Marsha Fischl

Ms. Mary Sue Kranstover and Mr. Mark Davis

The Rigney Family

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Freehling

Professor and Mrs. Donald W. Krummel

Ms. Denise Roberts

Mr. and Mrs. John E. Freund

Mr. John D. Lawrence

Ms. Susan E. Robertson

Mr. Arthur Garwin

George Leonard and Susan Hanes-Leonard

Mr. Chauncey Robinson

Ms. Marsha W. Ginsberg and Mr. Gordon M. Sayre

Professor Carole B. Levin

Ms. Patricia M. Ronan

Professors Susan Levine and Leon Fink

Ms. Doris D. Roskin

Mrs. Mary Ann Gleason

Susan and Donald Levy

Jay and Maija Rothenberg

Mrs. Ethel C. Gofen and Mr. William H. Gofen

William and Judith Locke

Mr. T. Marshall Rousseau

Ms. Shelley Gorson and Mr. Alan Salpeter

Mr. Craig Long

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rubens

Professor Suzanne Gossett

Mrs. Dianne C. Luhmann

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Ruthman

Mr. Marc B. Grayson

Mr. Jonathan Lyon

Mr. Michael J. Saxton

William H. Greer, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Madden

Brad and Melissa Seiler

D. Kendall Griffith

Mrs. Sandra Mallory

Mr. Joseph Seliga and Ms. Vanessa Vergara

Mr. Larry Grote

Father and Mrs. James R. Mather

Susan P. Sloan and Arthur D. Clarke

Mr. John Guidinger

Mr. and Mrs. Philip R. May

Mr. Dean L. Haas and Mrs. Kathleen E. Haas

Mr. John G. W. McCord, Jr.

Ms. Beth A. Smetana and Mr. Gerard C. Smetana*

Mr. and Mrs. Errol Halperin

Laura McGrady

Jane and Carl Smith

E. A. Hamill Fund

Mr. David Moes and Ms. Jani Lesko

Michael and Cindy Smith

Mr. Arthur R. Hansen

Mrs. Beverly J. Moody

Mr. and Mrs. O. J. Sopranos

Mr. James R. Hanson

Mr. and Ms. Todd L. Morning

Elaine and Wallace Stenhouse

Ms. Helen S. Harrison

Dr. Jeffrey Mueller

Professor Scott Manning Stevens

Ms. Arlene E. Hausman

Mrs. Susan T. Murphy

Marv Strasburg

Professor Randolph C. Head

Mrs. Barbara Newcomb and Dr. Richard Newcomb

Mary and Harvey Struthers Ms. Joanne C. Tremulis

Mr. Roger C. Hinman

Mr. Richard F. Nielsen and Mrs. Barbara Nielsen

Mr. Allan G. Hins

Ms. Susan O’Brien

Mr. Scott Turow and Ms. Adriane Glazier

Ms. Suzanne L. Hoffman and Ms. Rachael K. Smith

Mr. Gregory O’Leary and Ms. Patricia Kenney

Mr. and Mrs. David Turpin

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence A. Osterberg

Mr. Frank Valadez

Mr. Robert Horowitz and Ms. Amy B. Levin

Ms. Karen Parker

Kenneth and Linda Vander Weele

Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Houdek

Mr. Frederic C. Pearson

Dr. Thomas E. Veeser

Dr. Mary Houston and Mr. James Houston

Ms. Kathleen M. Perkins

Ms. Jennifer Vincent

Mr. David L. Howlett

Dr. David S. Peterson

Professor Mara R. Wade

Mr. Dennis M. Hughes and Ms. Rose Kelly

Ms. Lauren Phillips

Mr. Robert F. Ward

Ms. Cheryl Iverson

Mary and Joe Plauche

Robert and Susan Warde

Dr. Regina M. Janes

Ms. Laura Prail and Mr. John L. Cella

Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Washlow

Ms. Emily Troxell Jaycox

Ms. Sarah M. Pritchard

Professor Elissa B. Weaver

Mrs. Karen S. Juvinall

Mr. Aaron Rappaport

Ms. Suzann M. Weekly

Ms. Janet Kalin and Mr. Martin Kalin

Ms. Dorothy M. Rasmussen

Mr. Edward Weil, Jr.

Miriam Kelm

Mr. Charles F. Regan, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald A. Weiner

Mr. James S. Heim Mr. Tom Henn

Mr. Jay Tremblay Dr. Richard M. Tresley

The Newberry Annual Report


Honor Roll of Donors Dr. and Mrs. Walter W. Whisler

Harold B. Smith

Jane and Don Hunt

Mr. Howard S. White

Mr. David B. Smith, Jr. and Ms. Ilene T. Weinreich

Mr. and Mrs. William F. Mahoney

Joyce C. White Ms. Mary Williams

Terra Foundation for American Art

Mrs. Iris S. Witkowsky

Anonymous (2)

Ms. Christina Woelke and Mr. John Coats Mr. Timothy Wright and Ms. Karen Ellzey Wright


Mrs. Debra F. Yates

Bulley & Andrews LLC

Susan Schaalman Youdovin and Charlie Shulkin

Jan and Frank Cicero, Jr.

Ms. Mary Zeltmann Ms. Sheri Zuckerman Anonymous (3)

Edith Rasmussen Ahern and Patrick Ahern

The following donors made restricted gifts to the Newberry endowment, book funds, fellowship programs, fundraising events, and other projects.

Nancy and Richard Spain Sulzer Family Foundation Jacqueline Vossler Anonymous (1)

Andrew and Jeanine McNally


David and Anita Meyer

Mr. James R. Akerman and Ms. Luann Hamilton

Cindy and Stephen Mitchell John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Dr. Scholl Foundation The Siragusa Family Foundation

Ms. Pamela Baker Mr. Gregory L. Barton Ms. Margaret K. Carton and Mr. Harlan Stanley


Ms. Suzanne Chapple and Mr. David Andersen

Anonymous (1)

Holly and Bill Charles Chicago Calligraphy Collective

$25,000 AND ABOVE

Paul M. Angell Family Foundation

Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Illinois

Professor James H. Marrow and Dr. Emily Rose

Jean E. Perkins and Leland E. Hutchinson RESTRICTED GIFTS

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution


Chicago Genealogical Society

Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Blair, Jr.

Chicago Map Society

Joan and William Brodsky

Patti Selander Eylar and Charles Gardner

Mr. John Clum

Mr. T. Kimball Brooker

Ms. Celine Fitzgerald

Mr. Don Crowley

Nancy Raymond Corral

Janet and Arthur Holzheimer

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Crowley

Glasser and Rosenthal Family

Samuel H. Kress Foundation

The Danzer Family Fund

Sue and Melvin Gray

Mr. Stephen A. MacLean

Ms. Connie J. Fairbanks and Mr. Kirk Twiss

Victoria J. Herget and Robert K. Parsons

Mr. Frank McBath

The Friday Club

Celia and David Hilliard

Christine and Michael Pope

Hjordis Halvorson and John Halvorson

Robert A. and Lorraine Holland The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Illinois

Mr. William M. Hansen and Ms. Jaime L. Danehey

The Jack Miller Center

Dr. Christine M. Sperling

Mr. Bruce Kirkpatrick

Mr. John Monroe

Mr. and Mrs. Peter S. Willmott

Mr. Paul A. Kobasa

Roger and Julie Baskes

Mr. and Mrs. Philip R. May

Monticello College Foundation

Ms. Helen McArdle

National Endowment for the Humanities


Ken* and Jossy Nebenzahl

Rob Carlson and Paul Gehl

Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation

Caxton Club

Northern Trust

Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio

Roy and Irene Rettinger Foundation

National Society of Sons of the American Colonists

General Society of Colonial Wars

Sheli Z. Rosenberg and Burton X. Rosenberg

Janis W. and John K. Notz, Jr.

Alan and Carol Greene

Col (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker IL ARNG (Ret)

Ms. Kay D. Hinn

Pritzker Military Museum & Library

Hoellen Family Foundation

Mr. Richard W. Renner

Karla Scherer Rosemary J. Schnell


Fall/Winter 2020

Ms. Patrice Michaels and Mr. James Ginsburg Mr. Ronald S. Miller

* Deceased

Honor Roll of Donors Ms. Pat Sabosik

Professor James H. Marrow and Dr. Emily Rose

Mr. and Mrs. Vince Furman

Professor Eric Slauter

Ken* and Jossy Nebenzahl

Lyle Gillman

Pam and Doug Walter Robert Williams



The following lineage and genealogical organizations made gifts to help the Newberry preserve our cultural heritage for future generations. General Society of Colonial Wars

Bulley & Andrews LLC

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Northern Trust Sahara Enterprises, Inc. Anonymous (1)

Margarete Gross Dr. Gary G. Gunderson Hjordis Halvorson and John Halvorson

The following corporations contributed $2,500 or more to the Newberry.


Mr. Donald J. Gralen

Professor Neil Harris and Ms. Teri J. Edelstein Adele Hast*

Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Illinois

Mark and Meg Hausberg

Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Illinois

Celia and David Hilliard

Trudy and Paul Hawley Robert A. and Lorraine Holland Mrs. Judith H. Hollander


Through their matching gift programs, the following corporations and foundations generously augmented gifts from individuals. Bank of America Foundation Battelle Best Buy Employee Giving Program Capital Group Caterpillar Foundation


The following individuals have included the Newberry in their estate plans or life-income arrangements. The Newberry recognizes them for their continued legacy to the humanities. Mrs. L. W. Alberts Mr. Adrian Alexander Rick and Marcia Ashton Dr. David M. and Mrs. Susan Lindenmeyer Barron

Janet and Arthur Holzheimer Louise D. Howe Mary P. Hughes Kathryn Gibbons Johnson Ms. Marcia Slater Johnston Dr. Victoria Kirkham Ann C. Bates Kittle Karen Krishack George Leonard and Susan Hanes-Leonard Larry Lesperance

Roger Baskes

Professor Carole B. Levin

Peter Blatchford

Joseph A. Like

John C. Blew

Professor Lawrence Lipking

Michelle Miller Burns and Gary W. Burns

Mr. and Mrs. William Locke

Johnson & Johnson The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Dr. William H. Cannon

Nancy J. Lynn

Rob Carlson

Mr. Stephen A. MacLean

Reverend Dr. Robert B. Clarke

Carmelita Melissa Madison

Mrs. David L. Conlan

Mrs. Suzette Mahneke


Mr. Charles T. Cullen

Dr. Debra N. Mancoff

The following donors contributed $5,000 or more for the acquisition of materials for the Newberry’s collection.

Magdalene and Gerald Danzer

Dr. Guy A. Marco

Mr. Gordon R. DenBoer

Heidi Massa

Mr. Andrew K. Dolan

Ms. Valerie S. Mathes

Roger and Julie Baskes

Susan and Otto D’Olivo

Mary Morony

Rob Carlson and Paul Gehl

Donna Margaret Eaton*

Mrs. Susan T. Murphy

Nancy Raymond Corral

Laura F. Edwards

Mrs. Milo M. Naeve

Celia and David Hilliard

Mr. George E. Engdahl

Ms. Shanti Nagarkatti

Janet and Arthur Holzheimer

Ms. Carla J. Funk

Ken* and Jossy Nebenzahl

ExxonMobil Foundation Fitch Ratings Matching Gifts Program ITW

Anonymous (1)

Dr. Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel

The Newberry Annual Report


Honor Roll of Donors Ms. Audrey A. Niffenegger and Mr. Eddie Campbell Janis W. Notz


In honor of Dan Fay

The Newberry acknowledges gifts received from the estates of the following individuals.

Ms. Elizabeth Cavendish

Joan L. Pantsios Joe and Jo Ann Paszczyk

Constance Barbantini

Jean E. Perkins

Dr. Richard H. Brown

Ken Perlow

Mrs. Alison C. de Frise

Christine and Michael Pope

Dr. Muriel S. Friedman

Dominick S. Renga, M.D.

Mr. Stuart Kane

Mr. T. Marshall Rousseau

Stephen A. and Marilyn Scott


The Newberry recognizes the following gifts made in tribute.

G. Shiman Mr. Morrell M. Shoemaker* Alyce K. Sigler Dr. Ira Singer Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Siragusa Susan Sleeper-Smith Harold B. Smith Rebecca Gray Smith Zella Kay Soich Carolyn and David Spadafora Mr. Angelo L. and Mrs. Virginia A. Spoto Joyce L. Steffel Tom and Nancy Swanstrom Don and Marianne Tadish Mrs. Sara D. Taylor Tracey Tomashpol and Farron Brougher

Mr. and Mrs. Peter S. Willmott Drs. Richard and Mary Woods Lucia Woods Lindley Mrs. Erika Wright James and Mary Wyly Anonymous (12)


Fall/Winter 2020

Mr. Robert H. Berry In honor of Daniel Greene Mr. and Mrs. Peter Marks Rosemary J. Schnell Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Washlow

In honor of Mrs. L. W. Alberts

In honor of Henry Harris

Nicholas Adams and Laurie Nussdorfer

Michael and Cindy Smith

In honor of Anya Bertolet

In honor of Rebecca Haynes

Professor Carole B. Levin

Mr. David Reidy

In honor of Brenda Brdar

In honor of Joan Frances Hertzberg

Ms. Lois I. Barliant

Ms. Barbara Francis

In honor of John Brewster Hattendorf

In honor of Michael Hillbruner

Dr. John William Graves

Anonymous (1)

In honor of Martha Briggs

In honor of Alison Hinderliter

Ms. Suzette Dewey

Dr. Joellen A. Meglin and Mr. Richard C. Brodhead

Ms. Catherine J. Dolton In honor of Holly and Bill Charles Mr. and Mrs. Edward Fogle Ann and Brian Shoup In honor of Barbara Ann Cooper In honor of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies

Robert Williams

In honor of Carol H. Graham

Professor Ralph J. Savarese

Mr. J. Thomas Touchton

Willard E. White

Professor Cynthia Wall


Ms. Mary Lewis

Diane Weinberg

Ms. Miriam B. Scott

In honor of William M. Hansen

Jim and Josie Tomes Professor Sue Sheridan Walker

Mr. Paul A. Kobasa

Dr. Amy Lippert

Rosemary J. Schnell Helen M. Schultz

In honor of Paul Gehl

Professor Katy L. Chiles In honor of Grace Dumelle Mrs. Shirley Ann Barham Bob and Trish Barr Professor Sheldon S. Cohen and Mrs. Kayla S. Cohen Mr. John L. Esp Mr. Bruce Niemann In honor of Natalie Edwards Ms. Deborah Brown

Ms. Barbara S. Stanton The Winnetka Fortnightly In honor of Edward C. Hirschland Mrs. Shirley Holbrook and Mr. Richard M. Holbrook In honor of Gary and Jeni Houston Susan and David Kilgore In honor of Mr. D. Bradford Hunt Ms. Susan O’Brien Lyons and Mr. Douglas Wechsler Lyons Professor Ralph J. Savarese In honor of Jean Johnson and Thomas Carey Mr. Dennis Conroy In honor of Daniel Carroll Joynes Ms. Nancy C. Lighthill In honor of Dr. Suzanne Karr Schmidt Mr. and Mrs. R. Stanley Johnson

* Deceased

Honor Roll of Donors In honor of Robert C. Ketterer

In honor of Emily Richardson


Dr. Andrew Ketterer

Ms. Barbara S. Stanton

In memory of Paul N. Banks

In honor of Mr. Paul A. Kobasa

In honor of Sheli Z. Rosenberg and Burton X. Rosenberg

Ms. Mary Ellen Cunningham-Kruppa

Rob Carlson and Paul Gehl In honor of Sheila Krippner

Ben and Nancy Randall

Robert and Susan Warde

Professor James Krippner

In honor of Pilar V. Rotella

In memory of Patricia Barnes

In honor of Elia Levy

Ms. Brenda Berkman

Caxton Club

Dr. Galya Ben-Arieh

Mr. and Mrs. Emil R. Johnson

In memory of Bob Begay

In honor of Professor Michael Lieb

In honor of Matthew Rutherford

Mr. Les Begay

Dr. Jeffrey S. Gore

Ms. Suzanne L. Hoffman and Ms. Rachael K. Smith

In memory of David M. Bevington

In honor of Emma Lipkin Mrs. Jan McKenzie In honor of Robert N. McCreary Mr. and Mrs. James G. Barnes In honor of George and Andrew McKillop Mrs. Ella B. McKillop In honor of the Monastery of the Holy Cross Ms. Celia J. Berveiler In honor of Harland Nelson Professor Sarah Nelson In honor of Newberry Adult Education Seminar Participants

Ms. Catherine A. Stewart In honor of Ms. Alice Schreyer Mrs. Iris S. Witkowsky In honor of Jenny Schwartzberg George and Mimi Kaufman Ms. Ann Millman In honor of Jan Silverstein Professor Michael B. Chesson In honor of David Spadafora Miss Ann Lousin Mr. Jerome C. Yanoff

Mr. William J. Savage, Jr.

In honor of Nancy Spain

In honor of Newberry Fellows, 2019–20

Kathryn Gibbons Johnson and Bruce Johnson

Dr. Kim Hedlin In honor of Newberry Library Staff Ms. Jaime L. Danehey Mr. Luke Hanley Ms. Patricia Hefter Mr. Steve Heimerle Dr. Alfred E. Lemmon

In honor of Ingrid Stanley Dr. Donald E. Stanley In honor of Professor Scott Manning Stevens Professor Mary B. Campbell In honor of Stuart Sweet, Jr. Ms. Martha Wehrenberg

In memory of Mr. W. Lloyd Barber

Ronald Corthell and Laura Bartolo In memory of Hayward Blake Ms. Martha S. Chiplis David and Anita Meyer Jacqueline Vossler In memory of Lee Braude Mrs. Norma M. Braude In memory of Dr. Richard H. Brown Anthony and Nancy Amodeo Robert and Susan Warde In memory of Charlotte Byrd Mr. Thomas J. Byrd In memory of Walter Camryn Ms. Patricia Pippert and Mr. Steven Redfield In memory of JoAnn Castagna Mr. Dan Campion In memory of Eric Cochrane Professor Constantin Fasolt In memory of Carmella Corthell Dr. Debra N. Mancoff

Ms. Laura McVey

In honor of Rick Tamdone and Kevin Harty

Edwina U. Powel

Dr. Debra N. Mancoff

Mr. Guy Johnson

Anonymous (1)

In memory of Elinor Dahmer

In honor of Janis W. Notz

In honor of Raymond, Barry, and Dean Thompson

Liz Stiffel

Ms. Anne M. Thompson

In memory of Jacob Dumelle

In honor of Otto Penn

In honor of Diane Weinberg

Mrs. Dorothy J. Dumelle

Mr. Frederick B. Penn

Ms. Lynn Barr

In memory of Nicole Condit Duncan

In honor of Father Peter J. Powell

In honor of Robert Williams

Mr. and Mrs. George R. Johnson

Anthony and Nancy Amodeo

Rob Carlson and Paul Gehl

Mr. Peter Kupferberg

In memory of Thomas M. Costley

Ms. Patricia Hefter

In honor of Brie and Jessie Reid

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Mages

Mr. John Reid

Roger and Betsy Mandel Mr. John C. Stiefel and Ms. Lesa Ukman

The Newberry Annual Report


Honor Roll of Donors In memory of Carolyn A. Edie

In memory of Richard Mallette

In memory of John Nygro

Ms. Elizabeth McCutcheon

Ms. Thomasine Rosenthal

Ms. Wilda W. Morris

In memory of Rita Fitzgerald

In memory of Nancy F. Marino

Ms. Enid Rieser

Ms. Andrea Bond

Mr. Frank McBath

Anonymous (1)

Ms. Emily Troxell Jaycox

In memory of Michael McMechan

In memory of Lois Pearson

In memory of Raymond D. Fogelson

Ms. Lucy Saunders

Ms. Bonita Bryant

William O. Autry and Sarah E. Leach

In memory of Irene and Mac McMahon

In memory of Bill Petersen

In memory of Darl Hall

Mrs. Margot McMahon

Houston Area Postcard Club

Mrs. Marilyn Hall

In memory of Henry P. Miller

In memory of Edward and Zika Petersen

In memory of Arthur Halperin

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Jacob

Ms. Laurin Mack

Susan and Stephen Schell

In memory of Marion S. Miller

In memory of Mary Bridget Hanley

Vince Firpo

In memory of George Amos Poole III and Ellen Stuart Poole

Mr. Luke Hanley

In memory of Milo M. Naeve

Edwina U. Powel

In memory of Richard Hansen

Mrs. Milo M. Naeve

In memory of Matt Rizzo

Ms. Nancy K. Stewart

In memory of Kenneth Nebenzahl

Mr. Charles R. Rizzo

In memory of Helen Hanson

In memory of Norma B. Rubovits

Ms. Mary Minow

Ms. Mary Beth Adelman and Mr. Stanley J. Adelman

In memory of Adele Hast

The Anthony Family

In memory of Paul Ruxin

Caxton Club

Pat and David Buisseret

Mr. Michael Bartels

Mr. and Mrs. Hal Rosenbaum

Mr. David Copeland

In memory of Harriette Anne Melion Helmer

Amy Deutsch

In memory of Maximillian Schlund, Special Collections

Dr. Suzanne Karr Schmidt and Mr. Keith Schmidt

Mr. Andrew Deutsch

Ms. Ida Wilson

Joan and Robert Feitler

In memory of Frank Schober

In memory of Lois Rita Walker Henn

Mr. Peter Foreman

Mr. Gerald Schmidt

Mr. Tom Henn

Mrs. Irwin Frish and Family

In memory of Allison Sherman

In memory of Blanche Hersh

Professor Karen-edis Barzman

Ms. Joan Hersh

The Goodman Family, Patty and Ken Pell, and Margie and Vince Conroy

In memory of Elle “Tina” Howe

Mrs. Nancy R. Greenebaum

Ms. Corinne A. Shotliff

Mrs. Carolyn M. Short

Mrs. Marie Harris

In memory of Kerry Slocum

In memory of John Jaskop

Mrs. Dorothy Harza

Dr. Leonard G. Ramirez

Dr. Debra N. Mancoff

Barbara Schamberg Herst

In memory of James Edward Smith

In memory of Roger B. Johnston

Robert and Sara Leopold

Ms. Marcia Slater Johnston

Dr. Henry Loeb

Professor Susan Sleeper-Smith and Dr. Robert C. Smith

In memory of Richard Juvinall

Mr. and Mrs. John W. McCarter, Jr.

In memory of Dr. Thomas J. Stafford

Mrs. Karen S. Juvinall

Ms. Barbara D. Nathan

Mrs. Thomas J. Stafford

In memory of Kathleen Karr

Lorna and Butch Pfaelzer

In memory of Dean Storey

Dr. Suzanne Karr Schmidt and Mr. Keith Schmidt

Mr. and Mrs. George Ritzlin

Ms. Carol Bryant

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rubens

In memory of Peggy Sullivan

In memory of George Kelm

Mr. and Mrs. James H. Swartchild, Jr.

Caxton Club

Miriam Kelm

Mrs. Joellyn Schwartz

Mr. G. Kevin Davis

In memory of C. Frederick Kittle

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick G. Uhlmann

Vince Firpo

Mr. Jon L. Lellenberg

Ms. Gina Uhlmann

Jacqueline Vossler

In memory of Dr. Rita Kucera

Mr. Edward Weil, Jr.

Randi Rubovits-Seitz

In memory of Gisele H. Shotliff

Dr. Ann E. Kuzdale


Fall/Winter 2020

* Deceased

Honor Roll of Donors In memory of Helen Hornbeck Tanner

J&L Catering

Pat and David Buisseret

Dr. Cathleen Cahill

Jewell Events Catering

Scott Burgh

Mary Janzen Quinn

The Joffrey Ballet

Alfred L. Bush

In memory of David Thackery

Jordan’s Food of Distinction

Brooke Cameron

Mr. and Mrs. John H. Brady

Le Pain Quotidien

In memory of Virginia C. Vale

Limelight Catering

Ms. Margaret K. Carton and Mr. Harlan Stanley

Mr. Peter Vale

Lookingglass Theatre Company

François Casati-Brochier

In memory of Arthur and Lila Weinberg

Lou Malnati’s

Edwin Chapman

Ms. Hedy Weinberg and Mr. Daniel Cornfield

Lula Cafe

Chicago Genealogical Society

Murnane Paper

The Chicago Literary Club

In memory of Christian K. Zacher

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

City of Lake Forest

Dr. Dorothy Noyes and Mr. Michael Krippendorf

Occasions Chicago

Mr. Stephan P. Clarke

Original Pancake House

John Contiguglia

Paper Source

Richard Contiguglia

Paramount Events

Whitney J. Coombs

Poetry Foundation

Jeri L. Corbitt

Porchlight Music Theater

Ms. Kim L. Coventry

Potash Brothers Supermarket

David Cressy

Ravinia Festival

Gianfranco Crupi

Securitas Security Services

Melissa Cubitt, The Lady Ashcombe

The Talbott Hotel

John Culp

3rd Coast Café

TimeLine Theatre Company

Christine Corporon Cushman

ABM Janitorial

Trader Joe’s

Ms. Patricia B. Daley

About Face Theatre

Victory Gardens Theater

Magdalene and Gerald Danzer

Alliant Employee Benefits

Walton Street Kitchen

Ms. Jayne Davis

Baci Amore

Yoga Now

Mr. Patrick Del Percio

Bulley & Andrews LLC

Ms. Elizabeth J. Zurawski and Mr. Gregory Longhini

Martin Deppe

In memory of Milly Zysman Dr. Jadwiga Roguska-Kyts Stephen A. and Marilyn Scott


The Newberry thanks those who contributed goods and services.

Caffé Baci

Stephan Donovan

Chicago Opera Theater Ms. Nancy J. Claar and Mr. Christopher N. Skey The Claridge Hotel Connie’s Pizza

JoEllen Dickie Doris Humphrey Society


The Newberry appreciates the generosity of the following donors who contributed books, manuscripts, and other materials to enhance the library’s collection.

D’Absolute Events & Catering

Grace Dumelle Eastland Disaster Historical Society Mr. Michael Ehrmann Debra Essenburg

DJ OneFiftyOne

Rolf Achilles

Mrs. Loretta L. Evans

Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen

Jeanette Almada

Evanston History Center

First Point Mechanical

Asad Bakir

Eve L. Ewing

Food Evolution

Mr. Gregory L. Barton

Executives’ Club of Chicago

Formula Fitness Club - Gold Coast

Roger Baskes

Charles Fanning

Goodman Theatre

Dewaine Beard

Jennifer Farrell

Hallett Movers

Richard P. Bessette

Daniel Foley

Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter

James D. Birchfield

Roy A. Frack

House of Glunz

Mr. LeRoy F. Blommaert

Heather Francek-Galloucis

The Newberry Annual Report


Honor Roll of Donors Daniel Friedman

Elliot Levin

Joseph Winterbotham Shaw

Friends of the Town of Esopus Library

Harold L. Lucas

Dick W. Simpson

Tiago Garcia

Nancy Lyons

Diane Sleger

Michael H. Graham

George M. McCorry

Claude Clayton Smith

Mr. Robert N. Grant

Judith McGuire

Ms. Louise K. Smith

Mr. Graham Greer

Katie McMahon

Tamara Smith and James Mireles

Jennifer Gunn

Mr. Mark L. Madsen

Lucien Spittael

John Hallwas

Rickey Mallory

David Stam

Bert Hansen

Linda Marszalek

Keith M. Stolte

Joe Hansen

Heidi Massa

Professor Mihoko Suzuki

Jim Hanson

Nancy Mattei

Leonard Szaltis

El-Jay and Hans Hansson

Professor Andrew Mattison

R. J. Taylor, Jr. Foundation

Mark and Meg Hausberg

Lucia Mauro

Temple University Libraries

William Hauslein

Louis D. Melnick

Robert Teska

Scott Heerman

Donald Metcoff

Dave Trippel

William Heine

Ms. Patrice Michaels and Mr. James Ginsburg

Bill Tuttle

Tom Henn

Mr. John Monroe

Sister Romana Hertel

Ms. Wilda W. Morris

University of Minnesota, American Indian Learning Resource Center

Jessica Hierbaum

Morrison-Shearer Foundation

Rick Valicenti

Hotchkiss Family Association

Mount Prospect Public Library

Professor Dale K. Van Kley

Professor and Mrs. Frederick E. Hoxie

National Society Descendants of Early Quakers

Petros Voutsanesis

Hubbell Museum & Library

Joe Nemec

Gregory P. Wegner

Mr. D. Bradford Hunt

Juanita Nicholson and Beth Duda Hansen

Virginia Weimer

Barbara L. Hunter

W. W. Norton & Company

Ginger Wheeler

B. Darrell Jackson

Larry Olson

Dr. T. Bradford Willis

Laura Jannicka

Cindy and Ted Palmer

Wilmette Family History Center

Meredith Johnson

Esther Pasztory

Lee Anne Mordy Wilson

Henry Z. Jones, Jr.

Frank Pinkerton

Scott C. Jorgensen

Mr. Leslie Pollock

Dean N. Yannias and Katherine Rowland Thrower

Michael I. Kelly

Mr. Jeremy D. Popkin

Mr. Bruce Kirkpatrick

Brian Potratz

Knightsbridge Genealogy Services

Evan Potratz

Carol A. Knowles

Marilynn Quatrano

Murray Jackson Knowles

Susan Rider

William J. Krause

Josie and Rodney Rothstein

Evelyn M. Krawczky

Judy Royko

Ms. Edith Kyriazopoulos

Joseph Anthony Rulli

Gary Landman

Jacquie Shattner

Jerome Leach

Schaumburg Township Public Library

Salvador LeaĂąos Flores

Robert R. Schenck

Jacob Lee

Mr. Wayne H. Schulz

Dr. Erin-Marie Legacey

Dr. Tatiana Seijas

John A. Leppman

Bonnie Serra


Fall/Winter 2020

Dr. James L. Zychowicz Anonymous (2) The Newberry makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of our honor roll of donors and we sincerely apologize if we have made any errors. Please notify Vince Firpo, Director of Individual Giving, at (312) 255-3599 or regarding any changes, corrections, or omissions. Thank you.

* Deceased

Board of Trustees and Volunteer Committees BOARD OF TRUSTEES


David C. Hilliard, Chair

Roger Baskes


David E. McNeel, Vice Chair

T. Kimball Brooker

October 3, 2019

Cynthia Mitchell, Vice Chair

Anthony Dean

Michael A. Pope, Vice Chair

Hanna Gray

Peter S. Willmott, Vice Chair

Neil Harris

David B. Smith, Jr., Treasurer

Stanley N. Katz

Bob Wedgeworth, Jr., Secretary

Barry MacLean

Edith Rasmussen Ahern

Kenneth Nebenzahl*

Gregory Barton

Alyce Sigler

Joan Brodsky

Richard D. Siragusa

Frank Cicero, Jr.

Carol Warshawsky

Roger and Julie Baskes Rob Carlson and Paul Gehl Celine Fitzgerald Celia and David Hilliard Robert A. and Lorraine Holland Dr. Rowena McClinton Jacqueline Vossler

Lewis Collens Celine Fitzgerald Richard Godfrey Louise R. Glasser

The Newberry gratefully recognizes the following individuals for their leadership in planning and promoting events held between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020.

Madeleine Condit Glossberg Mark Hausberg


Victoria J. Herget

July 25 – July 28, 2019

Robert A. Holland Robert H. Jackson Lawrence Lipking Sonya Malunda James H. Marrow Andrew McGaan Andrew McNally IV Mary Minow

Bill Charles, Co-chair Janet Lerman-Graff, Co-chair Penelope Bingham Jenny Bissell Claudia Hueser Martha J. Jantho Mary Morony

Cynthia E. Mitchell Janis W. Notz


Jean O’Brien

July 27, 2019

Lisa Pattis Gail Kern Paster

Karen Christianson

Jean E. Perkins

Elizabeth Cummings

John P. Rompon

Paul Durica

Burton X. Rosenberg

Will Hansen

Martha T. Roth

Marcos Herrera

Rudy L. Ruggles, Jr.

Cate Harriman

Karla Scherer

Mary Kennedy

Thomas C. Sheffield, Jr.

Alex Teller

Harold B. Smith

Georgina Valverde

Nancy Spain

Karen Williams

Carl W. Stern

The Newberry Annual Report



Cataloging Section

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• Daniel Greene, President and Librarian

• Jessica Grzegorski, Principal Cataloging Librarian

• Alison Hinderliter, Lloyd Lewis Curator of Modern Manuscripts and Archives

• Patrick A. Morris, Map Cataloging Librarian

• Catherine Grandgeorge, Manuscripts and Archives Librarian

• Kristin Emery, Manager of Governance and Assistant to the President

• Cheryl Wegner, Cataloging Librarian Communications and Marketing

• Alex Teller, Director of Communications and Editorial Services • Matthew Clarke, Communications Coordinator • Mary Kennedy, Graphic Designer • Andrea Villasenor, Senior Graphic Designer COLLECTIONS. LIBRARY SERVICES, AND EXHIBITIONS

• Alice D. Schreyer, Roger and Julie Baskes Vice President for Collections and Library Services • Claire Dapkiewicz, Senior Program Assistant

• Ashley Wolfe, Collection Services Assistant Cataloging Projects Section

• Megan Kelly, Cataloging Projects Manager • Lindsey O’Brien, Cataloging Project Librarian • Tina Saenz, Project Cataloging Assistant Conservation Services Department

• Lesa Dowd, Director • Lauren Calcote, Collections Conservator • Henry Harris, Conservation Services Assistant • Natalia Maliga, Conservator

• Emily Richardson, Project Archivist • Samantha Smith, Project Archivist Reader Services Department

• Will Hansen, Director General Collections Services Section

• Margaret Cusick, General Collections Services Librarian • Stuart Fraser, General Collections Library Assistant • Jane Kanter, General Collections Library Assistant

• Virginia Meredith, Conservation Technician

• Emma Lipkin, General Collections Library Assistant

• Jo Ellen McKillop Dickie, Selector for Reference

Digital Initiatives and Services Department

• Andy Risley, General Collections Library Assistant

• Jill Gage, Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing and Bibliographer for British Literature and History

• Nicolas White, Digital Initiatives Web Developer and Librarian

Reference and Genealogy Services Section

Digital Imaging Services Section

• Jo Ellen McKillop Dickie, Reference Services Librarian

Collection Development

• James R. Akerman, Curator of Maps

• Will Hansen, Curator of Americana • Alison Hinderliter, Lloyd Lewis Curator of Modern Manuscripts and Selector for Modern Music • Suzanne Karr Schmidt, George Amos Poole III Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts • Alan Leopold, Selector for Library Science • Matthew Rutherford, Curator of Genealogy and Local History Collection Services Department

• Alan Leopold, Director Acquisitions Section

• Emma Morris, Acquisitions Manager • Linda M. Chan, Serials Librarian • Jenny Schwartzberg, Acquisitions and Collection Development Assistant

• Jennifer Thom Dalzin, Director

• John Powell, Digital Services Manager • Catherine Gass, Photographer/Digitization Specialist • Alexandra McGee, Digitization Technician • Juan Molina Hernández, Digitization Technician Digital Initiatives Services Section

• Jennifer Wolfe, Digital Initiatives Manager • Ryan Hageman, Digital Projects Assistant

• Graham Greer, Reference Librarian • Analú López, Ayer Librarian • Becky Lowery, Reference Librarian • Matthew Rutherford, Curator of Genealogy and Local History Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections Services

• Lisa Schoblasky, Special Collections Services Librarian

• Paul Durica, Director

• Chris Cialdella, Stacks Coordinator

• Amanda Cacich, Assistant Registrar and Exhibition Specialist

• Allison DeArcangelis, Special Collections Library Assistant


• Allison Huff, Special Collections Library Assistant

• Patrick A. Morris, Map Cataloging and Reference Librarian

Fall/Winter 2020

• Grace Dumelle, Genealogy and Local History Library Assistant


• James R. Akerman, Curator of Maps


• Katy Darr, Reference Librarian

• Michael ( John) Martino, Special Collections Library Assistant


• Keelin Burke, Director of Fellowships and Academic Programs • Mary Hale, Program Manager, Scholarly and Undergraduate Programs


Office of Events

• Meredith Petrov, Vice President for Development

• Chayla Bevers Ellison, Director

• Caroline Carter, Donor Relations and Communications Coordinator

• Sophia Soluri, Events Administrative Assistant

• Martina Schenone, Associate Director

• Dan Crawford, Book Fair Manager

• Madeline Crispell, Program Coordinator

• Adele Dillon, Development Operations Manager

Center for Renaissance Studies

• Natalie Edwards, Director of Major and Planned Giving

• Lia Markey, Director

• Vince Firpo, Director of Individual Giving

• Rebecca Fall, Program Manager, Opeerations

• Rebecca Haynes, Manager of Volunteers

• Christopher Fletcher, Program Manager, Outreach

• Jo Anne Moore, Associate Director of Development Events

• Elisa Jones, Early Career Postdoctoral Fellow FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography

• Laura McGrady, Vice President for Finance and Administration

• James R. Akerman, Director • Madeline Crispell, Program Coordinator


• Jennifer Fastwolf, Manager The D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies

• Melinda Rooney, Bookstore Sales Associate

• Rose Miron, Director

Business Office

• Sarah Jimenez, Program Coordinator

• Toni Matthews, Controller

Chicago Studies Program

• Cheryl L. Tunstill, Staff Accountant

• Liesl Olson, Director

Facilities Management

Department of Public Engagement

• Michael Mitchell, Facilities Manager and Chief Security Officer

• Karen Christianson, Director

• Verkista Burruss-Walker, Facilities Coordinator

Adult Seminars

• Chris Cermak, Sr. Building Maintenance Worker

• Katie Dyson, Seminars Manager • Sarah Wilson, Program Coordinator Teacher and Student Programs

• Kara Johnson, Manager • Sophia Croll, Teacher and Student Programs Intern • Cate Harriman, Program Coordinator

• Pete Diernberger, Building Maintenance Worker Human Resources

• Judy Rayborn, Director • Nancy Claar, Payroll Manager Information Technology

Public Programs

• Kamila Farshchi, Director

• Elizabeth Cummings, Public Programs Manager

• Erik Esquivel, IT Support Technician • John Tallon, Systems Administrator

• Sarah Wilson, Program Coordinator Internal Services

• Jason Ulane, Internal Services Coordinator

The Newberry Annual Report


Summary of Financial Position

For the year ended June 30, 2020, and for the year ended June 30, 2019 (000s omitted).




Cash and receivables $ 4,872 Investments 76,322 Land, buildings, equipment 17,918 Other assets 780 Total assets

$ 2,716 76,784 18,734 733 $ 99,892 $ 98,967

Liabilities and net assets

Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 1,050 Other liabilities 236 Contract liabilities 585 Paycheck Protection Program Loan 1,269 Bonds payable 2,254 Line of credit 4,400

Total liabilities 9,794 8,962

Net assets

Total liabilities and net assets


Fall/Winter 2020

$ 1,994 250 421 – 2,547 3,750

90,098 90,005 $ 99,892 $ 98,967

Summary of Activities

For the year ended June 30, 2020, and for the year ended June 30, 2019 (000s omitted).




Gifts and grants for operations $ 6,561 Gifts to endowment 1,163 Investment gain (loss) 3,058 Other revenues 1,681

Total revenues and other gains

$ 6,639 452 4,040 1,979 12,463 13,110


Library and collection services 5,200 Research and academic programs 3,066 Management and general 3,137 Development 967

5,079 3,405 3,165 1,236

Total expenditures

12,370 12,885

Change in net assets

$ 93 $ 225

The Newberry Annual Report


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