Greetings from the Map Division
This spring, the Clements celebrates the publication of The History of Cartography, Volume 4, Cartography in the European Enlightenment by the University of Chicago Press.

Our own Assistant Curator of Maps Mary Sponberg Pedley is co-editor with Matthew H. Edney of the University of Southern Maine. Volume 4 is an interpretive encyclopedia on the art, craft, science, and techniques of maps and mapping between 1650 and 1800.

The two-part printed volume, featuring 479 entries by 207 authors and 954 full-color figures, will also be released as an ebook. Congratulations to Mary and partners at the History of Cartography Project, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Mary Pedley smiles and holds "The History of Cartography, Vol. 4" parts 1 and 2
A cartography lesson for our times
Assistant Map Curator Mary Pedley has created an enlightening 8-minute video presentation, Testing and Tracking: How Maps visualize science.

Her talk focuses on Cassini's Planisphere terrestre printed in 1696 and how it was based upon scientific observations recorded across the globe. The map is not only featured in the new History of Cartography, Vol. 4, but also a later Dutch version, ca. 1713, is on the cover of part one.
We are truly grateful that an endowed fund generates income to augment the study and collection of maps at the Clements Library. Gifts to this fund will support future lectures, acquisitions and conservation of maps, and publications relating to our map collection. Thank you for your support!
Upcoming Programs

Conversation with Sarah Blackwood, author of The Portrait's Subject: Inventing Inner Life in the Nineteenth-Century United States (Published Dec. 2019)

Join us live or watch the recording later! Learn more and register.

Clements staff will share early photography from our collections, explain the evolution of photographic techniques, and answer your questions in this online presentation and discussion series. Join us for four sessions, Wednesdays in May at 4pm EDT. Learn more and register.
“The Camera at Work” Virtual Lecture with Jeff L. Rosenheim
Saturday, May 30, 2pm EDT

Presented with the Michigan Photographic Historical Society. In this virtual presentation, noted curator Jeff Rosenheim explores the ways photography viewed working people, from the earliest daguerreotypes through the 20th-century lenses of such photographers as August Sander and Irving Penn. Learn more and register.
Clements Library Fellowships Awarded
The Clements Library had a record number of applicants for our fellowships this year. We were delighted to be able to award research support to scholars from 14 states plus the District of Columbia, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Read the full announcement from Director Paul Erickson:

A whale tail capsizes a boat, sketched in the Barque "Autumn" Abstract Logbook

The recent acquisition of two whaling logbooks adds to our collection unique perspectives on commercial whaling in the mid-19th century. In this blog post, learn more about the Marie Taber Logbook and Journal (1853-1861) and the “Autumn” Abstract Log (1845-1849) from our student intern Ellen Gleason.

Summaries are provided for twelve Finding Aids newly available online in recent months. This image pulls from the Women’s Suffrage letterhead collection ([after 1895]-[1917]).
Revisit Audubon's masterpieces with us
There are two new exciting opportunities to look closer at the world-renowned folios of birds and quadrupeds by John James Audubon held at the University of Michigan. Enjoy!
Our colleagues in Digital Content & Collections at U-M Library have made improvements to the digital collection to allow viewers to virtually browse through the volumes page by page.
Full closed captioning is now available on this video recording of our librarian panel in 2015:
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