Thursday, February 28, 2019

Latest Quarto: From the Front

The Winter-Spring 2019 Quarto is now available.  The Quarto is a semi-annual magazine published by the William L. Clements Library and sent to the Clements Library Associates.  Brian L. Dunnigan shares with readers that this will be his final issue working as longtime editor of The Quarto, as his retirement approaches later this year.  Editorial duties will be assumed by Terese Austin, Head of Reader Services at the Clements.

This issue of The Quarto focuses on correspondence between American soldiers at war and the home front, represented in the collections of the Clements Library.
  1. “From the Front,” by Brian Leigh Dunnigan, Associate Director & Curator of Maps.
  2. “The Only Consolation Left Me,” by Sara Quashnie, Library Assistant. Examines the letterbook of Captain Minne Vorhees, a record of his correspondence while serving in the Continental Army.
  3. “I Have Drew a Sketch,” by Brian Leigh Dunnigan, Associate Director & Curator of Maps. Highlights the significance of two hand-drawn maps of locations on Lake Erie sketched by John Widney, 1812-1813.
  4. “The Artillery of Love,” by Jayne Ptolemy, Assistant Curator of Manuscripts. Shares touching expressions of romantic love preserved in soldiers’ letters spanning the 18th century to the 20th century. 
  5. “No More Prisoners,” by Jakob Dopp, Curatorial Assistant. Discusses compelling primary evidence of the hostile and deadly combatant-civilian relationship during the Philippine-American War.
  6. “Over the Top, 1918,” by Louie Miller, Curatorial Assistant. Presents excerpts from the powerful “death reports” detailing the deaths of soldiers from the 91st Division in the First World War.
  7. “Bearing Witness,” by Clayton Lewis, Curator of Graphic Materials. Considers the perspectives captured in artworks created by soldiers, which offer a vivid and personal look at wartime experience.
  8. “Developments,” by Angela Oonk, Director of Development.
  9. Announcements. Staff News and Memorials to CLA Board Members Duane Norman Diedrich (1935-2018) and Helen C. Hall (1942-2018). 
  10. Calendar of Events
This issue of The Quarto can now be accessed and read online.  Our donors, the Clements Library Associates, receive a high-quality print of the publication by mail. You can support the Clements by making a gift online at!/lib/clements or by contacting Anne Bennington-Helber at or 734-764-5864.

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