Monday, January 24, 2011

Lecture by Clayton Lewis: "Architecture, Art, and Artifacts at the Clements," February 3, 2011

Architecture, Art and Artifacts at The Clements
Thursday, February 3, 2011
4:00 p.m. 

Please join Graphics Curator, Clayton Lewis, for an informative lecture on The Clements Library, and the curious art and artifacts found within the Library’s walls. The great Clements collection of printed and manuscript Americana also includes important historical artwork and artifacts, all housed in an architectural jewel. This talk will focus on aspects of the Clements Library architecture, well-known and obscure artwork in the collection, and some of our interesting and unusual artifacts.

Free and open to the public. For more information, call the Clements Library at 734-764-2347.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

In the News: "Brit Would Turn Over in His Grave if He Knew"

Laura Berman of the Detroit News has written an article about the Clements Library's acquisition of the Henry Strachey papers."Brit would turn over in his grave if he knew" describes the Library's decades-long efforts to obtain the papers and the successful bid at Sotheby's in October.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Latest Quarto: The Civil War Revisited

The Fall-Winter 2010 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.

This is the second issue to focus on the Civil War collections of the Clements. Topics include photography, regimental histories, culinary history, and women nurses. The next library exhibit, opening February 28, will focus on the first year of the Civil War.

Contents of the Fall-Winter 2010 issue of the Quarto:
  1. "The Civil War Revisited," by J. Kevin Graffagnino, Director of the Clements Library. 
  2. "Point of No Return," by Barbara DeWolfe, Curator of Manuscripts. A history of the months preceding the attack on Fort Sumter. 
  3. "Wartime Photography," by Clayton Lewis, Curator of Graphic Materials. 
  4. "'Learning How to Cook and Kill at the Same Time': Cookery in the American Civil War: The Alexis Soyer and Florence Nightingale Connections," by Janice Bluestein Longone, Curator of American Culinary History.
  5. "Reading the Civil War," by Emiko Hastings, Curator of Books. Regimental histories and personal narratives in the James S. Schoff Civil War Collection. 
  6. "Angels of the Battlefield," by Terese M. Austin, Library Assistant. The letters of women nurses during the war. 
  7. "Developments," by Ann Rock, Director of Development. Acquisition of the Henry Strachey Papers and other news. 
  8. Calendar of Events

Monday, January 10, 2011

"A Feast for the Mind," Michigan Alumnus Magazine Interview with Jan Longone

Jan Longone, the founder of the Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive at the William L. Clements Library, was recently interviewed for the winter issue of Alumnus Magazine. Watch this video of the interview to learn more about the culinary collection and Jan's role in developing it.