Thursday, October 27, 2011

Upcoming Event: Janice Longone to Speak at New York Public Library, November 10, 2011

Culinary Historians of New York and the New York Public Library 

The Old Girl Network: Charity Cookbooks and the Empowerment of Women
Janice Bluestein Longone
Presentation of 2011 Amelia Award to Janice Bluestein Longone

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Before mass media, communication and transit, the first wave of the women’s movement was already active via the most ordinary of objects – the lowly cookbook. “Charity cookbooks,” a legacy of the Civil War, championed many causes: suffrage, education, temperance, prohibition, equal rights, working conditions, welfare, immigration, and legal rights and responsibilities, while benefiting churches, schools, sororities, the homeless, and others in need. The effort required to create, publish and distribute the books created networks of communication, which nurtured fledgling political movements that transformed American culture.  The books demonstrate how women worked together to help themselves, other women, and the outside world, while, along the way, the recipes and how-to advice in the books offer a compelling glimpse into America’s cooking habits and its region-by-region culinary heritage.

Jan Longone is Curator of American Culinary History at the University of Michigan’s Clements Library.  She is proprietor of The Wine and Food Library, America’s oldest antiquarian culinary bookshop and founder and honorary chair of the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.  Among her many other activities was helping to develop MSU’s “Feeding America” website. In addition to speaking, she will receive the 2011 Amelia Award for Lifetime Achievement in Culinary History. Join us in celebrating her accomplishments. Refreshments will be served.

This program is free and open to the public, but you must RSVP. Please send an email to with “Longone” in the subject line or return the form below.

New York Public Library
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
Berger Forum, room 227, on the second floor
Enter at 5th Avenue or 42nd Street; 42nd Street is a shorter walk to the Berger Forum
Time: 6:00 pm Check-in and reception | 6:30 pm Amelia Award Presentation and Lecture

For further information, see

View the online exhibit of The Old Girl Network: Charity Cookbooks and the Empowerment of Women.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Lecture by Art Cohn: "What Should We Do With Benedict Arnold's Gunboat?," November 3, 2011

Art Cohn
"What Should We Do with Benedict Arnold's Gunboat?"

Thursday, November 3, 2011
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

In 1997 the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum's Lake Survey team discovered Benedict Arnold's 1776 gondola, intact and upright, on the bottom of Lake Champlain. Spitfire was the last unaccounted-for vessel of the Battle of Valcour Island. Art Cohn, co-founder and Senior Advisor and Special Projects Director for the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, will discuss the preservation challenges of this remarkable discovery.
Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Library at (734) 764-2347 or visit our website:

William L. Clements Library
909 S. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Current Exhibit: "So Once Were We": Death in Early America, October 17, 2011 - February 17, 2012

"So Once Were We": Death in Early America
October 17, 2011 - February 17, 2012
Main Room, Clements Library
909 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI

Curated by Cheney J. Schopieray
Assistant Curator of Manuscripts

Mortality is a useful lens through which we may view many aspects of early American society. So Once Were We explores American practices and traditions for coping with death, from the early years of European exploration and discovery to the early 20th century and the burgeoning modern funeral industry. 

"So Once Were We" is a partial line from a once-common verse, which has many variations.  One, from a Civil War-era tombstone in St. Clair County, Alabama, is "Remember us, as you pass by / as you are now, so once were we." The title embodies several themes in the exhibit: the transatlantic movement of ideas and traditions, the universal experience of death, and personal and collective remembrance.

The exhibit is organized topically and holds primary resources related to changing religious and social practices; illness, disease, and medicine; practical aspects of post-mortem care; etiquette and fashion; funerals and cemeteries; memory and commemoration; and the professionalization of death industries.

Open to the public in the Main Room of the Clements Library Monday through Friday 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, visit our website or call 734-764-2347.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

"Strange Curation," LSA Magazine Feature on Clements Library Collections

The Fall 2011 LSA Magazine features a Weekly Web Exclusive on unusual items at the Clements Library. From a forged logbook of Christopher Columbus to George Washington's letter about his false teeth, the Clements Library holds a number of unexpected historical artifacts and documents. View the slideshow to see twelve of these items and learn more about the Clements collections. You never know what you'll find in the library.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Clements Library Hosts American Historical Print Collectors Society Regional Meeting

American Historical Print Collectors Society
Regional Meeting
October 22, 2011
William L. Clements Library,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

On October 22, 2011, the Clements will be hosting members of the American Historical Print Collectors Society for a one-day regional meeting and tour of the Clements. If you are a member that is interested in attending, please contact Clayton Lewis for information. Space will be limited to 25 individuals.

Clayton Lewis
William L. Clements Library
909 S. University Ave.
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Voice: (734) 764-2347
Fax: (734) 647-0716

Monday, October 3, 2011

New Fellowship Offered in the Print Culture of the Americas

Reese Fellowship in the Print Culture of the Americas

Funded by the William Reese Company, this fellowship encourages research in the history of the book and other print formats, bibliography, and other aspects of print culture in America including publishing and marketing from the sixteenth century to 1900.  Projects may investigate any printed genre (e.g. books, prints, newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, published photographs, broadsides, maps, etc.).  Support for work in manuscript collections will be limited to projects related to printed materials (e.g. annotations in books, publishers’ business archives, etc.).

The Reese Fellowship provides $5,000 to support one month of in-residence study in the Clements Library collections.  This is a post-doctoral fellowship requiring a completed Ph.D. or equivalent qualifications.  Applications for residence in calendar year 2012 must be received by December 1, 2011.

See the Clements Library Research Fellowships page on our website for a full list of the fellowships offered and instructions for applications.