Monday, February 14, 2011

The Clements Library Has a Redesigned Website!

The Library's new website has been released to the public today. This much-needed redesign includes a beautiful new look and improved navigation for the Clements website. Much of the content from the old site is still present in revised form, as well as many new features to make the Clements website more accessible and user-friendly.

Some of the new features:
  1. Search: three options on one page, so you can search the Mirlyn library catalog, manuscript collection finding aids, and the Clements website from one starting point.
  2. Upcoming exhibits and events: mark your calendars with all our scheduled events and exhibit dates. 
  3. Request reference assistance: email our reference staff with questions about the collections. They can help you get started with your research, or forward advanced questions to appropriate library curators.
  4. Online request form for photocopies and digital images: Now you can use this online form to request copies of library materials. See reproduction policies and fees for more information. 
  5. Full-text searchable PDF files of all the back issues of The Quarto, the Clements Library newsletter, including many in-depth articles about Library collections. Clements Library Associates receive new issues in the mail as part of their membership benefits.
Clements Library Chronicles now has links in the right sidebar to take you straight to frequently-used pages on the Library website. You can also get back to this blog from the website by clicking on the link on the Library homepage.

Questions or comments about the new web design? Let us know by leaving a comment on this blog post or by contacting the Clements Library.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Reception: "Celebrating the Acquisition of the Henry Strachey Papers," March 3, 2011

Photo courtesy of Sotheby's

The Acquisition of the Henry Strachey Papers
Thursday, March 3, 2011
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Great Room, Clements Library
909 S. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI

Please join us in celebrating the acquisition and arrival of the Strachey Papers.
In October 2010 the Clements Library purchased the Henry Strachey Papers at Sotheby’s, ending a paper chase that began in the 1920s. The acquisition complements a Strachey archive the Library bought in 1982 and reunites an impressive array of important primary sources for historians of the American Revolution. Strachey’s letters and other manuscripts tell the British side of the story, offering scholars valuable new information on Anglo-American relations, English investments in North America, the events of the war, the Treaty of Paris, and late 18th- century social history.

Photo courtesy of Sotheby's
Join us for light refreshments, an exhibition of selections from the Strachey Papers, and staff presentations on their historical value and the Library’s eight decades of work to bring them to Ann Arbor.

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

Friday, February 4, 2011

In the News: Purchase of the Strachey Papers

Further coverage of the Clements Library's acquisition of the Henry Strachey papers, a significant Revolutionary War manuscript collection:

U-M Philanthropy Network: "Expanding Knowledge Through Research: Clements Library Donors Help Make History," January 10, 2011.

Maine Antique Digest: "Clements Library Buys Strachey Papers at Third Copley Library Sale," by Jeanne Schinto, February 2011.