William L. Clements Library

Online Exhibits


"So Once Were We": Death in Early America: An enhanced electronic version of the Great Room exhibit "So Once Were We": Death in Early America, formerly on display at the William L. Clements Library October 17, 2011 — February 17, 2012.

The Henry Burbeck Papers: A recent acquisition of the largest existing archive of Henry Burbeck papers, dating primarily from the period of Henry Burbeck's service as Chief of Artillery in the United States Army from 1802-1815.

1759: Britain's Year of Victories: An electronic version of the Great Room exhibit 1759: Britain's Year of Victories, formerly on display at the William L. Clements Library, June 8, 2009 - October 9, 2009.

The Geometry of War: Fortification Plans from 18th Century America: An electronic version of the Great Room exhibit The Geometry of War: Fortification Plans from 18th Century America, formerly on display at the William L. Clements Library, October 15, 2012 – February 15, 2013.

Proclaiming Emancipation: The William L. Clements Library and The University of Michigan Law School Program in Race, Law & History in cooperation with The University of Michigan Library.

The War of 1812: A Bicentennial Exhibition: An electronic version of the Great Room exhibit The War of 1812: A Bicentennial Exhibition, formerly on display at the William L. Clements Library, February 27, 2012 – June 1, 2012.

The Barbary Wars at the Clements: An online exhibit highlighting the Clements Library’s manuscripts, books, maps, and engravings related to the Barbary Wars.

Native American History at the Clements Library: An expanded version of the physical exhibit American Encounters, formerly on display at the William L. Clements Library, March 4, 2010 – June 10, 2010.

Sugar in the Atlantic World: Exhibit also held in Clements Library Great Hall, October 18, 2010 – February 18, 2011.


“Honest Independence”: The Life of Norton Strange Townshend: An online exhibit illuminating many aspects of Townshend's career and life through materials from the Norton Strange Townshend Family Papers.

Reframing the Color Line: Race and the Visual Culture of the Atlantic World: Exhibit also held in Clements Library Great Hall, October 19, 2009 – February 19, 2010.

Dangerous Ideas: Controversial Works from the William L. Clements Library: In honor of Banned Books Week, September 26 – October 3, 2009

500 Years of American Grapes and Wines: The Literature of a Remarkable Journey: Exhibit also held in Clements Library Great Hall, February 16, 2009 – May 29, 2009

The Old Girl Network: Charity Cookbooks and the Empowerment of Women: Exhibit also held in Clements Library Great Hall, June 2, 2008 - October 3, 2008

San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of April, 1906: An online exhibit of photographs and documents related to the events.


Spy Letters of the American Revolution: From the Collections of the Clements Library: An educational resource based on spy letters from the Sir Henry Clinton Papers.

Women's Education Evolves, 1790-1890: Selected Primary Sources from the William L. Clements Library: An online exhibit of letters, diaries, schoolbooks, sermons, and other materials related to women's education.

George Washington: Getting to Known the Man Behind the Image: On display February 24, 2003 – June 6, 2003 and May 8, 2004 – June 4, 2004.