William L. Clements Library

A Guide to Donating Material to the William L. Clements Library

Your history is the nation's history

Eliot Indian Bible, 1685

A tradition of personal giving has been the essential component of the great special collections found at the Clements Library. Many of the Library’s greatest donors, beginning with William L. Clements himself, have offered gifts of collections.

These donations represent valuable additions that might otherwise be impossible to obtain. With your help, the Library will be able to provide materials benefiting students and researchers with access to important primary source documents.

As a donor of library materials, you are among the most valued supporters of this institution. Gifts of appropriate collections are always welcome and help us improve our holdings and make them more useful to scholars. In addition to becoming an important part of the historical record, your collections can be used for research, publications, exhibits, public programs and academic instruction. If you have antiquarian treasures from 1900 or earlier that you think might be a good fit for our collections, please contact us.

Horton papers

Please consider donating:

  • Prints
  • Letters
  • Books
  • Maps
  • Correspondence
  • Photographs and other images
  • Scrapbooks, journals and diaries, and personal papers
  • Ephemera

If you would like to learn more about how your prized possessions could be preserved for generations and used for research and educational purposes, please contact:

Anne Bennington-Helber
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
909 S. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 647-0864