William L. Clements Library

Current Exhibits

Exhibit hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Fridays.

Alcove Exhibit:
The D. N. Diedrich Collection of Manuscript Americana, 17th–20th Century

May 25, 2018–October 26, 2018

This exhibit explores the breadth and depth of the D. N. Diedrich Collection of manuscript Americana, comprised of over 1,100 original letters, documents, and other manuscripts, plus nearly 110 bound volumes and archival collections, primarily dating between the 17th and 20th century. The collection's wide-ranging but deeply intertwined subject matter includes education, speech, government, religion, literature, music, philanthropy, and the World Wars. Visitors have the opportunity to view original manuscripts by Plymouth Colony's Nathaniel Morton; First U.S. Congressman Fisher Ames; artist Thomas Nast; women's rights advocate Susan B. Anthony; inventor of basketball James Naismith; Samuel Francis Smith, author of 'My Country 'Tis of Thee'; Katharine Lee Bates, author of "America the Beautiful"; General Douglas MacArthur, British Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill; and others. Also on display are manuscripts of colonial and U.S. ministers, teachers, students, composers, poets, orators, and much more.

Semi-Permanent Exhibit: "Collecting the Clements Library, 1903-2016."

This exhibit tells the story of collecting at the Clements Library from William L. Clements' original efforts to the current day.