Monday, June 16, 2014

Latest Quarto: Forgeries, Facsimiles, Follies, & Phonies

Forged Remington watercolor in Boots and Saddles (1885). 
The Spring-Summer 2014 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 forgeries and facsimiles.
  1. "Forgeries, Facsimiles, Follies, & Phonies," by J. Kevin Graffagnino, Director of the Library.
  2. "Ferreting Out the Fakes," by Emiko Hastings, Curator of Books & Digital Projects Librarian. Confederate wallpaper newspapers, a forged Remington watercolor, Columbus' secret log book, and Chief Pontiac's bookplate. 
  3. "Curator, Researcher, and Buyer Beware," by Cheney J. Schopieray, Curator of Manuscripts. Forged manuscripts and historical evidence. 
  4. "Declaration Wars," by Clayton Lewis, Curator of Graphic Materials. Facsimiles of the Declaration of Independence. 
  5. "Questionable Cartography," by Brian Leigh Dunnigan, Associate Director & Curator of Maps. Fakes and misconceptions in the map collection. 
  6. "Preserving a Roman Road Map," by Mary Sponberg Pedley, Assistant Curator of Maps. An Ortelius facsimile. 
  7. "Developments," by Ann Rock, Director of Development. Acquisition of the Henry Burbeck papers. 
  8. Announcements
  9. 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.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

New Graphics Division Resources Available

The Clements Library is pleased to announce new resources now available to researchers, both related to the David V. Tinder Collection of Michigan Photography.

The acquisition of this collection was made possible by David B. Walters, who wished to honor Harold L. Walters, University of Michigan class of 1947, Engineering, and Marilyn S. Walters, University of Michigan class of 1950, LSA. Subsequent donations to the collection have also been made by David Tinder himself, his friends, and family members.

Online Finding Aids

The Clements Library Graphics Division has started a project to convert its finding aids to Encoded Archival Description (EAD). To use the new finding aids, visit the Graphics Division Finding Aids site.

The new finding aids describe portions of the David V. Tinder Collection of Michigan Photography, a landmark collection that contains examples of virtually every photograph format in use in the Great Lakes States during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, including daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, cartes de visite, cabinet photographs, tintypes, stereographs, real-photo postcards, and mounted and un-mounted paper prints. When fully available, the David V. Tinder Collection of Michigan Photography at the Clements Library will contain approximately 100,000 images. The collection is only partially open for research at this time.

Directory of Early Michigan Photographers

By David V. Tinder, edited by Clayton A. Lewis (Clements Library, 2013).
2850 pages. Available as a free download (pdf).

The Directory of Early Michigan Photographers, compiled over several decades, identifies virtually every known commercial and significant amateur photographer that worked in the state of Michigan from the first known appearances in the 1840s into the early twentieth century. The author, David V. Tinder, is recognized as the top authority on early Michigan photography. With over 8,000 records, the Directory stands as an unsurpassed resource for historians, collectors, curators, archivists, genealogists, and anyone interested in the early history of photography in the United States.