Supporting Acquisitions at the Clements

As Fall arrives we encourage Associates to renew their membership. We appreciate the past support you have given to the Clements and invite you to continue to support the acquisitions that are so critical for investigating and preserving our nation's past.  

To renew or join, please visit  here.

Upcoming Events and Lectures
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.

Register here.
Symposium: A Long History of Unauthorized Immigration
Co-sponsored by the William L. Clements Library the Department of History, and Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies

Angell Hall - Room 3222 
Thursday, October 12 
11:30AM - 1:00PM

Tisch Hall - Room 1014
Friday, October 13 
9:30PM - 5:00PM

A Long History of Unauthorized Immigration brings together a select, interdisciplinary group of key scholars for comparative engagements with current research into unauthorized immigrant Asian American, Latinx, African American, Muslim, Jewish, gendered, and sexualized social group histories and cultural practices from the late-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. The symposium invites its participants to reflect on what is illuminated or interrogated when comparative analysis brings together the varied experiences of different social groups during the same period of US history.

This Literature, Science, and the Arts Bicentennial Theme Semester, Michigan Horizons, event is presented with support from LSA and the University of Michigan Bicentennial Office.

Find more details regarding the symposium on our University of Michigan Events Calendar here.
Upcoming Tours
Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of our award winning library. Please register by selecting a link below.

Homecoming Tours

Clements Exhibits
Mapping in the Enlightenment - Exhibit Ending Soon!

Our current exhibit, Mapping in the Enlightenment: Science, Innovation, and the Public Sphere, ends on October 27, 2017. 

This exhibit uses examples from the Clements Library collection to tell the story of creating, distributing, and using maps during the long 18th century.

Please visit during exhibit hours on Fridays from 10:00AM - 4:00PM

In the Avenir Foundation Room  
Gage Chest Joins the Clinton Chest on Display

During the twelve years of his command before the Revolutionary War, British General Thomas Gage retained all the letters he received and copies of all the letters he wrote to others.  The papers were housed  in a dozen 18th century pine chests.  This is the only one known to survive.

The Gage papers are the largest collection of manuscripts in the Clements's possession, numbering about 25,000 pieces and around 175 volumes.
Staff Highlight
Emi's Experience at Rare Book School

Last July the Clements Library's Curator of Books and Digital Projects Librarian, Emi Hastings, attended the Rare Book School course, "The 18th Century Book." This week-long, intensive course allowed Emi to immerse herself in 18th century book culture while utilizing the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress. Focusing on the interconnected effects of innovation, history, and society on the book, the course material overlapped significantly with the Clements's own collections. Emi says that this fascinating experience allowed her to return to the Clements's vast collection with new eyes.
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