William L. Clements Library

Upcoming Exhibits and Events


May 3 - October 25, 2019

Niagara River Watercolor

"Things I Like Most About the Clements Library: Brian Leigh Dunnigan Retrospective"

November 1, 2019 - April 24, 2020
"The Best of the West: Western Americana at the Clements Library"

Exhibit hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Fridays. Learn more about our Current Exhibits.


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

Tours of the Clements Library - Learn More

Lecture – 7:00pm, Monday, September 9 – Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Avenue

Keith Davis, "Collecting and Understanding Early Photographs of the American West" - Co-sponsored by the Michigan Photographic Historical Society in memory of Andee Seeger, co-founder and President Emeritus of MiPHS

Photo historian Keith Davis presents a curator's perspective on some of the key aspects of 19th century photographs of the American West. He will discuss recent research and exhibition projects, the challenges and opportunities of developing a major collection, and matters of aethetics, individual style, and attribution. Davis is Senior Curator of Photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Active as a photo historian and curator since 1978, he has published 35 books and catalogues, and curated about 100 exhibitions. Register online.

Brown Bag – 12:00-1:00pm, Thursday, September 12 – Clements Library

Dr. David Hope, “Exploiting Fur: Companies, Commerce, and Consumers in the British Atlantic World, 1783-1821”

In this Brown Bag lunch talk, Dr. David Hope will discuss his current research at the Clements Library as a recipient of the Jacob M. Price Fellowship. Dr. Hope is an economic historian and Economic History Society Anniversary Fellow — a one-year postdoctoral position co-sponsored by the Economic History Society, Newcastle University (UK), and the Institute of Historical Research (University of London). He is working on a monograph situating the fur trade within the wider Atlantic economy, offering new insights into the organization of overseas trade, the distribution and consumption of global luxuries, and the synergy between environment and empire. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch and eat during the presentation. Register online.

What's in Your Attic? - 10:00am-4:00pm, Sunday, September 15, 2019 – Clements Library

We would love to see what's in your attic! Join us for an open house, informal day of sharing and bring in your paper Americana such as maps, letters, journals, books, photographs, and ephemera. Clements staff as well as collector volunteers will be available to share tips about care and storage and to answer questions. No appraisals will be available at this event. Register online.

Of course, it's not required that you bring in a treasure to share! This is also a rare opportunity to visit the Clements Library on a Sunday to enjoy our exhibits. You can also learn more about the history, collections, and architecture of the Clements in a behind-the-scenes tour at 11:00am or 2:30pm.

A Day at Winterthur - Friday, September 27, 2019

Join us for an exclusive program at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Delaware. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at Winterthur's renowned collections with curators and expert staff, print-focused tours in the museum, and customized experiences in the conservation labs, library, and gardens. Includes time to explore the naturalistic gardens and galleries exhibitions including a special print display and Costuming THE CROWN, featuring 40 iconic costumes from the beloved Netflix show. A group lunch is included. More Information. Tickets: $65, register online.

Brown Bag – 12:00-1:00pm, Monday, October 7 – Clements Library

Dr. David Hsiung, “Environmental History and Military Metabolism in the War of Independence"

In this Brown Bag lunch talk, Dr. David Hsiung will discuss his current research at the Clements Library as recipient of the Faith and Steven Brown Fellowship. A U-M grad (PhD in History 1991), he is now the Charles and Shirley Knox Professor of History at Juniata College in Pennsylvania. Dr. Hsiung is working on a book tentatively titled “One If By Land: An Environmental History of the Birth of American Independence and Its Consequences.” Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch and eat during the presentation. Register online.

Lecture – 6:00pm, Wednesday, October 23 – Blau Hall 1580, Ross School of Business

Jason S. Lantzer, "Torn Asunder: Faith, Higher Education, Politics and the Davidson family during the Civil War"

The Davidson family of Indianapolis is a near perfect microcosm of the United States during Civil War. With roots in the South, but living in the North the family's ties to religious, education, and political leaders and institutions cast new light on the loyalties Americans felt towards their region, nation and the institution of slavery. Central to the story is Preston Davidson, a Hoosier by birth, who fought for the Confederacy alongside his Virginian cousins. On the other side, stands his brother Dorman, who fought to preserve the Union. How these two ended up on opposing sides of the greatest conflict in American history is the story of how familial expectations, faith, higher educational opportunities, and political loyalties all played into the struggle over if the nation would be divided or united and whether or not slavery would flourish or be abolished. Dr. Lantzer serves as the Assistant Director of the Butler University Honors Program. His book, "Rebel Bulldog: The Story of One Family, Two States, and the Civil War" was published in 2017. Register online.