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As a new semester begins at the University of Michigan, take a look and explore some student maps from our collection to celebrate the academic year. The educational benefit of studying geography and copying maps has made them classroom staples, and the pride students feel upon successfully completing a map spans the centuries, too.

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New Acquisition
Photographs and Postcards

Native American visual culture includes the oftentimes tense relationship between indigenous Americans and the camera. By the 20th century, that relationship had changed as Native Americans assimilated into mainstream Anglo-European-American society and posed for casual photographs. This small collection of photos and postcards comes from a Native American woman named Sophie who was living with Mescalero Apaches in New Mexico circa 1910-1913. It includes both casual snapshots and carefully posted studio portraits.

New Student Highlights
Angelica Serna
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Intern in the Latin America Collection, 1598-1868

Year: Senior
School: Literature, Science and the Arts
Major: Romance Languages and Literatures

Q: What do you hope to contribute to the Clements?
A: "I hope to consolidate descriptive archival material on indigenous languages in Latin America." 

Fun Fact: Angelica enjoys walking in the mountains.
Ellen Seidel
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Intern in the Conservation and Manuscripts Department

Year: Senior
School: Stamps School of Art & Design
Major: Art & Design

Q: What do you hope to contribute to the Clements?
A: "I hope to not only make the Great Britain Indian Department Collection safely available for the future use of researchers within the Clements Library but to also make this unique collection more accessible digitally through the creation of a concise finding aid. It makes me happy to know that due to conservation and processing, this collection will continue to act as a valuable source of history." 

Fun Fact: Ellen has been to Disney World 28 times.
Clements in the News
The Clements Renovation Project Receives Awards for Excellence

The Clements Library is the recipient of two recent awards for excellence for its renovation and expansion project: The "American Institute of Architects, Michigan - 2017 Building Design Honor Award" and the "Engineering Society of Detroit - 2017 Construction & Design Award Honorable Mention.
Brian Dunnigan - Is Waterway of Detroit a River or Strait?

Our very own Curator of Maps, Brian Dunnigan, was quoted in a recent article discussing the long debated question, That Waterway in Detroit, Is it a Strait or a River?

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Upcoming Events and Lectures
Introduction to Mapping in the Enlightenment  with Mary Pedley

Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery Room 100
Tuesday, August 29
4:00PM - 4:45PM - Lecture
5:00PM - 5:45PM - Exhibit viewing 

Join Mary Pedley, Clements Adjunct Map Curator, as she discusses the current exhibit, Mapping in the Enlightenment.  After the lecture there will be time to view the exhibit at the Clements.  Guests will have an opportunity to see one of only seven known copies of Cassini's  Planisphere Terrestre  (circular world  map) .

This exhibit aims to show the connections between the Enlightenment's search for answers to scientific questions, innovative mapping practices, and the interest and participation of the general public in the discussion and debate that these topics and maps elicited.

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Alan Taylor: "Transforming the Continent: Natives, Settlers, Empires, and States."

Robertson Auditorium, Ross School of Business
Thursday, October 19
Lecture: 6:30PM - 8:00PM

Join Alan Taylor as he discusses his book, American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804. Taylor's research and lecture examines the way we think about the American Revolution and our nation's history.

Taylor, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor of History at the University of Virginia, is the author of many acclaimed books in early American history and has twice been awarded the Pulitzer Prize in History; in 1996 for William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic and in 2014 for The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832.

Books will be available for purchase.

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