Dear Clements Library Friends,

Welcome to our first monthly e-newsletter.  We are excited to share with you information about events, acquisitions, and general news about the Clements Library. We hope you enjoy. 

The William L. Clements Library
Upcoming Events and Lectures
At the Cutting Edge: Michigan in 1817 
Founder's Day Lecture
William L. Clements Library
April 4, 2017 4:00 - 5:30PM

When the University of Michigan was founded in 1817, much of the Michigan Territory was still in the hands of Native American nations. Euro-American settlement was found only in the Southeast and at the Straits of Mackin ac. The formal surveying of Michigan would not begin for another year. And, only five years earlier, Detroit and Mackinac had been captured and occupied by the British during the War of 1812. 

Brian Dunnigan, Curator of Maps, will describe what the territory of Michigan was like when U-M first opened its doors to scholars. Using images of original maps, art, architecture, and letters from the amazing collections at the Clements Library, he will transport you back to the Michigan of 200 years ago.

Register  here

Mapping the Great Lakes in the 17th Century
William L. Clements Library
April 18, 2017 6:00 - 7:30PM

Join Jean-Fran├žois Palomino as he discusses early French  mapping of the Great Lakes region and two noted cartographers who played seminal roles in introducing the Great Lakes to Europeans. 

Register   here .
Upcoming Tours
America: The Rare

Join us on a tour to explore the newly renovated, award winning library.  Please register by selecting a link below.

Clements Corner - Student Story
Asma Alhassani
Intern in the Book Division
Senior in LSA, History Major

Q: Why would you say acquisitions are important?

A: "It's another way of preserving history, important history. Specifically in regard to the Clements Library, a lot of the things were things written by people who used to work here. A huge chunk of the books we have are written by the former president of the Library. It's not just history of America, but it's also history of the Library itself, which is really cool to see."
Clements Exhibits
Visit the Library on Fridays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM to view current exhibits on display. The exhibits are open and free to the public. 
Out of the Ordinary: Gems and Oddities
Where can you see an ostrich egg collected in the 1800s, a 1787 map of the Western Hemisphere engraved and printed by Armenian monks, and a miniature photo album from 1870?

The Clements Library, of course! The Library has been in collecting mode for Americana almost non-stop since it opened in 1923, and many unusual or extraordinary objects have found a home within its walls. W e invite you to peruse a few of the oddball items that have turned up in a great library. 

1790 Detroit Map - On Display

Visit the Library from now through March to see the map on display.  R ead a piece from the  Detroit Free Press featuring the newly acquired, rare hand-drawn 1790 map of Detroit  here .
Other Exhibits featuring the Clements Library
The Art and Science of Healing: From Antiquity to the Renaissance

February 10 - April 30, 2017 

This exhibition, hosted by the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and the University of Michigan Library, explores the early history of Western medicine as illustrated by a broad selection of archaeological artifacts, papyri, medieval manuscripts, and early printed books. 

The Clements Library's 12th century manuscript of  Epitoma rei militaris by Flavius Vegetius Renatus will be on display. 

The  Epitoma rei militaris (or "De Re Militari") is a 4th century work by Vegetius on Roman military principles and methods.  The book influenced European military tactics during the Middle Ages.  Pre-Columbian manuscripts like the De Re Militari are atypical in libraries of early Americana. Its presence at the Clements Library results from its donation as part of the extraordinary Hubert S. Smith Naval Collection.

The Epitoma rei militaris can be viewed online here, and at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. The entire exhibition is on display at the University of Michigan Hatcher Library, Audubon Room and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. 

Learn more here
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