Named in honor of Chicago civic leader Eliphalet W. Blatchford (1826-1914), the Blatchford Society was established by the Board of Trustees to recognize and honor those who have pledged to support the Newberry Library through their estates. The foresight of these individuals is vital to ensuring the Newberry upholds and builds upon its reputation as a trusted source of information in the humanities, providing the highest standards of service to those who come seeking knowledge.
Throughout its history, the Newberry Library has been the recipient of many planned gifts. In fact, it was a bequest from Walter L. Newberry, for whom the library is named, that provided for the establishment of the library.
Mr. Blatchford served the Newberry Library for more than 37 years as co-executor and trustee of Walter L. Newberry’s will, and as the first President of the Board of Trustees. He was deeply committed to ensuring that Mr. Newberry’s will and his wishes for the library were carried out. Blatchford himself remembered the library in his estate plans and also left his papers to the Newberry Library collections.
Today, our Blatchford Society members are building their own legacy at the Newberry Library. Their generosity ensures the library’s collections, integrity, and ability to serve the community continue to grow, now and in the future.
Becoming A Member
The support of generous donors has helped the Newberry Library collect, preserve, and make accessible its world-renowned collection. Some have provided the library with valuable books, manuscripts, maps, and other materials, while many others have provided the financial resources crucial to maintaining the library’s leadership in the humanities and its commitment to the community.
Membership in the Blatchford Society is open to all who have made an estate or deferred gift commitment of any amount or value to the Newberry Library. Donors may make a gift through a bequest in their will, or by naming the Newberry Library as a beneficiary of life insurance, charitable gift annuity, lead trust, or charitable remainder trust. We look forward to recognizing your generosity -- by name or anonymously
Benefits of Membership
We are pleased to offer those who join the Blatchford Society the following benefits of membership in recognition of their foresight and commitment.
All members of the Blatchford Society receive:
- Recognition as a Blatchford Society Member on the donor plaque in the lobby;
- A subscription to the Newberry Magazine;
- Recognition in the library’s Honor Roll of Donors in the Annual Report issue of the Newberry Magazine;
- A subscription to the Newberry’s planned giving newsletter, Foresight;
- A subscription to the Newberry Adult Education Seminars catalog;
- Invitations to attend the annual luncheon of the Blatchford Society, estate planning seminars, and special events at the library.
Planning for the Future
Planned giving has played a vital role in the Newberry’s history and is vital to its continued growth. Those who provide for the library through their estate plans demonstrate not only their appreciation for its past, but also their belief in its future.
If you believe that you already qualify, or you would like to speak with someone regarding creating your own legacy at the Newberry Library through a planned gift, please contact: