Making Modernism


This website was developed out of the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, "Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in Twentieth-Century Chicago, 1893-1955," held twice at the Newberry Library: from June 17 to July 12, 2013; and again from June 12 to July 7, 2017.  Directed by Liesl Olson, each institute gathered twenty-five faculty and graduate students from around the United States to discuss and explore the rise of artistic and literary modernism in Chicago and the Midwest, guided by leading faculty in in the fields of literature, history, art history, print culture, and African American studies.

All items on this site are held in the collections of the Newberry Library.

We would like to thank the following participants for their contributions to this site:

Catherine Adams
Lynne Adrian
Sophia Bamert
Erica Bernheim
Kate Brucher
Nathaniel Cadle
Elizabeth Carlson
Martha C. Carpentier
Tom Cerasulo
Jace Gatzmeyer
Jessica Ray Herzogenrath
Cyraina Johnson-Roullier
Erin Kappeler
Christopher Miller
Rebecca Nicholson-Weir
Mark Pohlad
Michael Rozendal
Craig Saper
Nhora Serrano
Mary I. Unger
Chalcey Wilding
Rishona Zimring

The following Newberry staff members—past and present—contributed their time and expertise to the site:

Martha Briggs
Karen Christianson
Catherine Gass
Carmen Jaramillo
Suzanne Morgan
Adam Strohm
Jennifer Dalzin

A special thanks to Matt Krc at the Newberry for updating and expanding the site and to Cameron Messinides at Kenyon College who worked as an intern on this project.

The creators also thank the following individuals and organizations representing the rights of authors on this site for allowing the use of the materials:

The Society of Authors representing the estate of Clive Bell
The Zora Neale Hurston Trust
The Arts Club of Chicago
The Enoch Pratt Free Library
Harold Ober Associates
Jerri Dell
Kathleen Dell

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