Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive to Move to the University Library

The Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive (JBLCA) will be moving from the Clements Library to the University Library, where it will make its new home in Special Collections. Shaped by the donation of a rich assemblage of cookbooks, menus, and other material collected over many years by Janice and Daniel Longone, the JBLCA is recognized around the campus and across the country as a premier collection of books, ephemera, and other material that both documents and defines the American culinary experience. The transfer to Special Collections is intended to fully realize the potential of the JBLCA for teaching, learning, and research at the University of Michigan and beyond. The Special Collections Library is enthusiastic about acquiring, expanding, caring for, and promoting the use of the JBLCA.

JJ Jacobson, as curator of the collection, will join the staff of the Special Collections Library. Jan Longone, in her role as “ambassador” for the JBLCA, will be appointed as adjunct curator. Over the course of the coming months, Clements and Special Collections staff will work together to ensure a smooth transfer of the collection itself, which will be available for research at the Clements until sometime this spring, when it will be available in the Special Collections Library.

The Clements will continue to hold a fine collection of materials for research in early American culinary history. We look forward to working with our colleagues in the Special Collections Library to ensure that researchers have access to the full range of resources for the study of culinary history and related topics.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Latest Quarto: Maritime History

The Fall-Winter 2012 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 Clements Library collections related to maritime history.
  1. "A Sailor's Life for Me," by J. Kevin Graffagnino, Director of the Library.
  2. "Profiling the Coasts," by Brian Leigh Dunnigan, Associate Director & Curator of Maps. Coastal profiles in the Clements Library map collections. 
  3. "Coloring the Winds," by Mary Sponberg Pedley, Assistant Curator of Maps. Use of color printing for rhumb lines on maps. 
  4. "Buccaneers and Buried Gold," by Emiko Hastings, Curator of Books. Depictions of buccaneers of the West Indies in early books. 
  5. "Give Jack His Grog," by JJ Jacobson, Curator for American Culinary History. History of the spirit ration in the U.S. Navy. 
  6. "Black and White Ships," by Clayton Lewis, Curator of Graphic Materials. Visual depictions of Commodore Perry and his "Black Ships." 
  7. "Sick at Sea," by Barbara DeWolfe, Curator of Manuscripts. A manuscript prescription book maintained by the ship's surgeon aboard the USS Constitution in 1812.  
  8. "Developments," by Ann Rock, Director of Development. Renovation of the Library. 
  9. Announcements.  
  10. 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.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Lecture by Sakina Hughes, "Celebrating African American Authors in the Culinary World," February 21, 2013

Lecture by Sakina Hughes, 
Du Bois-Mandela-Rodney Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies

"Celebrating African American Authors in the Culinary World"

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
Main Room, Clements Library

Sakina Hughes will talk about how the Janice B. Longone Culinary Archive (JBLCA) allows users to explore the relationship between food and African American history and culture.

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