The Newberry—you may be surprised to learn—has a remarkable collection of musical scores and ephemera. Above, you’ll find three of our most lauded treasures: a handwritten aria by a nine-year-old Mozart (check out that penmanship!); a first edition of Jacopo Peri’s Euridice, considered to be the first extant opera score; and Scott Joplin’s Euphonic Sounds, which brought ragtime into the respectable mainstream.
If these musical curios tickle your fancy, be sure to check out this year’s Renaissance Center NEH Summer Institute, “Music and Travel in Europe and the Americas, 1500 - 1800.” The institute, geared toward college and university professors, runs from July 15 to August 9 and includes a $3,300 stipend.
As you might expect, preserving a vast historical record and cultural heritage can sometimes (but not necessarily) delay acceptance of new technological platforms. And so with the Newberry. We’re new to this whole tumblr thing, but promise to pursue its possibilities and the community it engenders with the zealousness of the good Captain Ahab, whose crazed eye and gnashing rictus are pictured above, on the cover of this Marathi-language edition of Moby Dick. The book (as our banner image suggests) is part of our vast collection of copies of the American classic, which include first and many foreign language editions. These books will be on display during our 125th anniversary exhibition, The Newberry 125, which opens September 6 and of which more to come later.
Via thepinakes, Chicago’s great Newberry Library is on Tumblr. Also check out this awesome Moby-Dick cover.