Giving Blueday
Supporting Acquisitions at the Clements

Giving Blueday 2017 will be the University of Michigan's fourth annual university-wide day of giving.  Scheduled on Giving Tuesday  a global day of giving following Thanksgiving weekend - Giving Blueday is a day to make a difference.

Please share the Giving Blueday video using the link below on social media and you'll be entered to win $500 for the Clements Library as a part of a university-wide, pre-Giving Blueday challenge.

Upcoming Events and Lectures
Brown Bag - Katie LaPlant: David Bates Douglass Papers

William L. Clements Library
Tuesday, November 14
12:00PM - 1:00PM

Upton Fellow and graduate student, Katie LaPlant will share her work processing more than 600 new manuscript additions to the David Bates Douglass Papers. These materials provide a glimpse of an early nineteenth-century American family.

" Getting to work with the David Bates Douglass Papers has helped deepen my   understanding of the ways that librarians, information technology specialists, and   archivists shape historical work. For example, as a historian who always incorporates   gender and class in my scholarship, I could use those skills to identify elements of   gender and class within the overall collection, thus showing how much broader the   collection is in its scope. Therefore, one of the most important aspects of this   experience, for me, was learning the significance of bringing diverse people and   skills to the work of organizing and preserving the objects that connect us to the the   past, and that make up the material historians use for its interpretation."

 -Katie LaPlant

Register here.
Tiya Miles: Examining the Experiences of the Unfree in the Frontier Outpost of Detroit

Rackham Amphitheater
Friday, December 8
4:15PM - 6:00PM

In collaboration with the Detroit School, please join the Clements Library as we celebrate the release of Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits, by Tiya Miles. Miles, a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and Professor of American Culture, Afro-American and African Studies, History, Women's Studies, and Native American Studies, examines the experiences of the unfree, both Native and African American, in the frontier outpost of Detroit. Throughout the book, she exposes the limits of freedom in early America and the role slavery played in the city. Following the lecture, Stephen Ward, Faculty Director of the Semester in Detroit program and Associate Professor in the Residential College and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, will offer comments on the book and the questions it raises.

Books will be available for purchase.

Register here.
Upcoming Tours
Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of our award winning library. Please register by selecting a link below.

Clements Exhibits
The Pioneer Americanists: Early Collectors, Dealers, and Bibliographers

"My boy," he exclaimed. "Americana! That's the stuff to collect!" In 1885 Philadelphia bookseller Moses Polock emphatically expressed his fascination with early American history.  A generation later William L. Clements shared this sentiment and built his collection inspired by his great predecessors in the arena. Rarities from the remarkable holdings of the Clements Library such as John Eliot's A Brief Narrative of the Progress of the Gospel Amongst the Indians in New England and a manuscript diary of the 1763 Siege of Detroit make this exhibit a panoramic window on the early story of Americana appreciation, collecting and description. From White Kennett, the first great collector of Americana, to Hubert Howe Bancroft, who broke new ground in concentrating on the American West, this exhibit tells the stories of sixteen noteworthy specialists who created and nurtured the Americana field from the late seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries.

The companion book will be available in January 2018.  It is available for preorder here.
Lecture Recording
Alan Taylor: Transforming the Continent: Natives, Settlers, Empires, and States


If you missed the lecture by two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author and historian Alan Taylor, you may view it here. Please note this video will only be accessible until November 20.
A Modern Day Treasure Hunt
Reuniting the Gage Papers Boxes

The papers of Thomas Gage (1719-1787), British commander-in-Chief in America from 1763 to 1775, were stored in twelve boxes during the Revolutionary War and remained in those boxes until they arrived at the Clements Library in 1937. What happened to the trunks?

Read more about locating the Gage Trunks on our library blog here.

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