Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Current Exhibit: "Mapping the Revolution"

Mapping the Revolution

Curated by Brian Leigh Dunnigan
Associate Director and Curator of Maps

The Clements Library is home to one of the world’s finest collections of manuscript maps and plans documenting the places and events of the American Revolution.  These run the gamut from beautifully finished and colored creations to the pencil or pen and ink scrawls of scouts, informants, and spies.  The sampling presented in this exhibition suggests the variety of types, styles, and functions of maps as represented in the collection as a whole and illustrates the planning and execution of military operations as seen by eyewitnesses to the war.

Selections from the Revolutionary War map collection are now on display in the center cases of the Main Room. See the Clements Library website for more information about our current exhibits.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Current Exhibit: "The Games We Played: Sports in Nineteenth Century America," June 13 - October 7, 2011

The Games We Played: Sports in Nineteenth Century America
June 13 - October 7, 2011
Main Room, Clements Library
909 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI

Curated by Emiko Hastings

This exhibition offers a sampling of books, manuscripts, prints, photographs and other materials to illustrate the many sports played in 19th century America. Broadly defined, the theme of sports includes team sports, leisure activities, and other outdoor amusements like hunting and camping. In the 19th century, as life became increasingly urban and industrialized, activities like hunting, fishing, and running went from essential subsistence skills to entertainments reserved for leisure time. Some of the most popular sports today, including baseball, basketball, and football, were first developed in the 19th century. By the end of the 19th century, many sports had become formalized with the establishment of clubs, governing bodies, and official rulebooks.

Open to the public in the Main Room of the Clements Library Monday through Thursday from 1:00 pm to 4:45 pm. The Clements Library is located on the campus of the University of Michigan at 909 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor. For further information please call 734-764-2347.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Latest Quarto is Here: Spring-Summer 2011

The Spring-Summer Quarto is now available. The Quarto is a semi-annual magazine published by the William L. Clements Library and sent to members of the Clements Library Associates. This issue of The Quarto focuses on the architecture and three-dimensional collections at the Library.

  1. "From the Director," by J. Kevin Graffagnino, Director of the Library.
  2. "Architecture and Artifacts," by Clayton Lewis, Curator of Graphic Materials.
  3. "A Gallery of Realia," highlighting some of the interesting three-dimensional objects in the collections.
  4. "To Beautify the Library: Globes at the Clements," by Mary Sponberg Pedley, Assistant Curator of Maps.
  5. "Conserving Our Collections," by Julie Fremuth, Conservator.
  6. "Developments," by Ann Rock, Director of Development.
  7. Announcements: First post-doctoral fellowships awarded, 2011 Jacob M. Price visiting research fellows, and new publication. 
  8. Calendar of Events

Read past issues of The Quarto online. Members of the Clements Library Associates will receive the current copy in the mail. If you would like more information about membership, please contact Ann Rock at or 734-358-9770.