Upcoming Virtual Events
Lecture: Allison K. Lange,
"The Women's Suffrage Movement in Photographs"
Saturday, November 7 at 1pm EST
Presented in partnership with the Michigan Photographic Historical Society.
Dr. Lange’s talk is based on her new book Picturing Political Power: Images in the Women’s Suffrage Movement (May 2020, University of Chicago Press). The book focuses on the ways that women’s rights activists and their opponents used images to define gender and power during the suffrage movement.
The Clements Bookworm: Writing and Publishing Inspired by Genealogical Research
Friday, November 20 at 10am EST
Featured guest Wendy Chapin Ford (author of A Frontier Romance: “Tiger Bill and Kate”) and other panelists share stories of family history research. This episode of the Bookworm was generously sponsored by Kate Moore. Register.
Virtual Discover Series: The Treasonous Correspondence of Benedict Arnold
Wednesday, Dec 9 at 4pm EST
One of the Clements' greatest treasures is the treasonous correspondence of Revolutionary War hero and turncoat Benedict Arnold, from our Henry Clinton Papers. In this program, Manuscripts Curator Cheney J. Schopieray will explore the details of Arnold’s infamous treason, the contents and methods of his clandestine correspondence, and his effectiveness as an informant. Register.
Research Services Update
The Clements Library is now open by appointment only for U-M faculty, students, and staff. Learn how to make an appointment. For all researchers, we are happy to schedule a video consultation instead of a visit to the library. Please email clements-reference@umich.edu to set up a consultation.
New on the Blog

This post (the second in a three-part series by Clements Library Intern Jonathan Quint) uses James Sterling’s letter book to enter the world of early 1760s Detroit. Sterling’s relationships with local French and Native communities were often fraught but ultimately central to his commercial and social success. "Though only fragmentary evidence survives," writes Quint, "it is clear that enslaved people, Black and Native, formed part of Sterling’s work force."
The James Sterling Letter Book was recently digitized in full and is now accessible online.
Gift a Personalized Tribute this Holiday Season
Book Cover detail with image of a steam train.
A number of delightful books, such as How to Become a Successful Engineer (1882).
Manuscript with mask for secret spy message.
Opportunities to support the Conservation of the Henry Clinton papers (1736-1850) at various levels.
Open Book, title page with frontispiece
The Search After Happiness (1811), printed by Lydia R. Bailey, a woman printer in Philadelphia.
Forging Ahead with Remote Fellowships
Recently Clements staff met virtually with two 2020 Fellowship recipients working to further their research with our materials, despite not being able to travel to Ann Arbor at this time. This image shows our team learning via Zoom about the projects of Price Fellow Nora Slonimsky and our first-ever Digital Fellow Lauren Davis. We are delighted that technology and digital access make it possible for us to continue supporting innovative research with Clements Library collections.
Save the Date
A new graduate stands in cap and gown on the front steps of the Clements Library.
Giving Tuesday is just around the corner—mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 1!

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform the world. We are excited to reach out soon and encourage our community to come together in giving to support student work at the Clements Library.
Header Image: Detail from a letter dated 26th October 1761, sent by James Sterling to Captain George Coventry and reproduced for Sterling's reference in his letter book. James Sterling Letter Book (1761-1765), William L. Clements Library.
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