Monday, July 27, 2009

Read all about it in The Quarto

The latest issue of The Quarto is now available. The Quarto is a semi-annual newsletter published by the William L. Clements Library and sent to members of the Clements Library Associates. If you would like more information about membership, please contact Ann Rock at or 734-358-9770. To become an Associate, download the membership application and mail it to: Library Associates, William L. Clements Library, 909 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190.

In addition to news and announcements about the Clements Library, this issue features several essays about the Hudson-Champlain corridor, in commemoration of the quadricentennial of the discoveries of Henry Hudson and Samuel le Champlain and the 250th anniversary of England's North American victories in the French and Indian War.

Contents of the Spring-Summer 2009 issue of The Quarto:
  1. "From the Director," by J. Kevin Graffagnino, Director. The first issue from the new director of the Clements Library.
  2. Learning to Draw the Hudson," by Clayton Lewis, Curator of Graphic Materials. " Images of the Hudson River Valley.
  3. "A Post of So Much Importance," by Cheney Schopieray, Assistant Curator of Manuscripts. Benedict Arnold's attempt to sell West Point to the British during the American Revolution.
  4. "The Place was Named ... Lake Champlain," by Brian Leigh Dunnigan, Curator of Maps and Head of Research & Publications. The Champlain Valley's importance as a military arena in the 18th century.
  5. "A Beautiful and Fruitful Place: Dutch Contributions to the American Table," by Janice Bluestein Longone, Curator of American Culinary History. Dutch foodways and their lasting impact on life in America.
  6. "A Tradition of Giving," by Ann Rock, Director of Development. The Library's plans for fundraising.
  7. Announcements

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Current Exhibit: "1759: Britain's Year of Victories," June 8-October 9, 2009

Now on display in the Great Room of the Clements Library, until October 9, 2009. Open to the public Monday through Thursday, 1:00-4:45 or by appointment.

The 250th anniversary of the British military and naval victories of 1759 provides the subject for the summer exhibition at the William L. Clements Library. Seven major battles fought and won in North America, Europe, and the Atlantic Ocean made up the "year of victories" that put Britain firmly on course to defeating France in the Seven Years’ War and greatly expanding her overseas empire.

The Clements collections are rich in visual, printed, and documentary material for this conflict, particularly its American segment, the French and Indian War. Original items ranging from Benjamin West’s painting, "The Death of General Wolfe," to prints, maps, books, and documents are on display to illustrate the story of the significant events of 1759.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Search for Manuscripts Online

The Manuscripts Division of the Clements Library has been working hard to make more of its collection searchable online. Written guides to manuscript collections, known as "finding aids," are now available for over 400 collections on the new Manuscripts Division Finding Aids page.

Finding aids can be searched by keyword; for more options, such as searching by names or subjects, please see the advanced search feature.

If you can't find what you're looking for, remember that not all collections are available online at this time. Also, some older finding aids have not yet been moved to the new site. To see an alphabetical listing of links to all online finding aids for the Clements Manuscripts Division, which includes old finding aids as well as ones on the new site, visit the Manuscripts Division page.

Welcome to the Clements

This blog has been started to share news and information from the Clements Library, including events, exhibits, and features about our holdings. The Clements staff is dedicated to making the library and its collections more accessible, and this blog will provide another way to communicate those efforts to the public.

For more information about the library, please see the Clements Library website.