The Morrison-Shearer Foundation perpetuates the legacy of dancer-choreographer Sybil Shearer and photographer Helen Balfour Morrison as an inspiration for new creativity in the arts.

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Sybil Shearer

Honoring artistic creativity that inspires beauty, excitement, experiment, and mastery

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Helen Balfour Morrison

Valuing all arts as expressions of wonder, feeling, joy, inquiry, and transformation

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Searching the imagination for connections to feed the spirit and enhance our humanity

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The Newberry Library, Chicago

Spotlight: MSF at the Newberry Library

The Newberry Library is a world-renowned independent research library in Chicago, specializing in the humanities and welcoming to the public. In 2019 the Morrison-Shearer Foundation was honored to gift the Morrison and Shearer archives to the Newberry, where some items have already been incorporated into exhibitions and programs. MSF has also funded a Newberry Fellowship to study the Morrison collections.

Established in 1887 as a bequest of Walter Loomis Newberry, the library has long been housed at 60 West Walton across from Washington Square, which was once known as “Bughouse Square. ” There, on warm evenings from the 1910s through the mid-1960s, orators and rabble-rousers held forth on soapboxes to large crowds. It was once the most celebrated outdoor free-speech center in the nation and a popular tourist attraction. Today a committee continues to organize free-speech gatherings there in conjunction with the Newberry’s annual book sale in July.

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Spotlight: MSF at the Newberry Library

The Newberry Library is a world-renowned independent research library in Chicago, specializing in the humanities and welcoming to the public. In 2019 the Morrison-Shearer Foundation was honored to gift the Morrison and Shearer archives to the Newberry, where some items have already been incorporated into exhibitions and programs. MSF has also funded a Newberry Fellowship to study the Morrison collections.

Established in 1887 as a bequest of Walter Loomis Newberry, the library has long been housed at 60 West Walton across from Washington Square, which was once known as “Bughouse Square.” There, on warm evenings from the 1910s through the mid-1960s, orators and rabble-rousers held forth on soapboxes to large crowds. It was once the most celebrated outdoor free-speech center in the nation and a popular tourist attraction. Today a committee continues to organize free-speech gatherings there in conjunction with the Newberry’s annual book sale in July. 

Established in 1887 as a bequest of Walter Loomis Newberry, the library has long been housed at 60 West Walton across from Washington Square, which was once known as “Bughouse Square.” There, on warm evenings from the 1910s through the mid-1960s, orators and rabble-rousers held forth on soapboxes to large crowds. It was once the most celebrated outdoor free-speech center in the nation and a popular tourist attraction. Today a committee continues to organize free-speech gatherings there in conjunction with the Newberry’s annual book sale in July.

Established in 1887 as a bequest of Walter Loomis Newberry, the library has long been housed at 60 West Walton across from Washington Square, which was once known as “Bughouse Square.” There, on warm evenings from the 1910s through the mid-1960s, orators and rabble-rousers held forth on soapboxes to large crowds. It was once the most celebrated outdoor free-speech center in the nation and a popular tourist attraction. Today a committee continues to organize free-speech gatherings there in conjunction with the Newberry’s annual book sale in July.

The Autobiography of Sybil Shearer, in Three Volumes

Without Wings the Way Is Steep, The Autobiography of Sybil Shearer:

Volume I, Within This Thicket (2006) covers her life from 1905 to 1941.
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Volume II, The Midwest Inheritance (2012) covers 1942 to 1984.
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Volume III, The Reality Beyond Realism (2020) covers 1985 to 2005.
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