William L. Clements Library

Upcoming Exhibits and Events


The Pioneer Americanists: Early Collectors, Dealers, and Bibliographers

November 3, 2017—April 27, 2018

This exhibit is a captivating look at the lives and careers of eight generations of outstanding Americanists prior to 1900. It features books, manuscripts and pictorial material about White Kennett, Isaiah Thomas, James Lenox, Joseph Sabin, John Carter Brown, Lyman Copeland Draper, George Brinley Jr., and the other noteworthy specialists who created and nurtured the Americana field from the late seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries. Rarities from the remarkable collections of the Clements Library help provide a panoramic window on the early story of Americana appreciation, collecting and description. Anyone with a professional or avocational interest in antiquarian Americana will find The Pioneer Americanists a fascinating treasury of information, enlightenment and inspiration.


All lectures are free and open to the public, but registration is requested. See links below to register.

Brown Bag Lecture
Katie LaPlant: David Bates Douglass Papers

Tuesday, November 14th
12:00-1:00 p.m.

William L. Clements Library
909 S. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190

This lecture examines the more than 600 new manuscript additions to the David Bates Douglass Papers and provides a glimpse of an early nineteenth-century American family.

Register here.

Tiya Miles: "Examining the Experiences of the Unfree in the Frontier Outpost of Detroit."

Friday, December 8, 2017
4:15-6:00 p.m.

Rackham Amphitheater, Fourth Floor
915 E. Washington St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

In collaboration with the Detroit School, please join the Clements Library as we celebrate the release of Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits, by Tiya Miles. Miles, a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and Professor of American Culture, Afro-American and African Studies, History, Women's Studies, and Native American Studies—examines the experiences of the unfree, both Native and African American, in the frontier outpost of Detroit. Throughout the book, she exposes the limits of freedom in early America and the role slavery played in the city. Following the book talk, Stephen Ward - Faculty Director of the Semester in Detroit program and Associate Professor in the Residential College and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies - will offer comments on the book and the questions it raises for both.

Books will be available for purchase.

Please note the location of this lecture.

Register here.