William L. Clements Library

Upcoming Exhibits and Events


Upcoming Exhibit: May 3 - October 25, 2019
"What I Like Most About the Clements: Brian L. Dunnigan Retrospective"

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.

Discover Series - 11:00am, Thursday, March 21 - Clements Library

Merging the Old and the New: Bird's-Eye Views of America

Between 1850 and 1900 panoramic depictions of towns and cities were very popular in America. UM School of Information student Corey Schmidt will describe his project to catalog and digitize these bird’s-eye views and also to create an online interactive map. Director of the Clements Library Kevin Graffagnino will discuss the significance of these unique nineteenth-century depictions of communities throughout the United States. Participants will also have an opportunity to view several original bird’s-eye views from the Clements Library collection. Register online.

Discover Series - 4:00pm, Thursday, March 28 - Clements Library

A Close Look at Vues D'Optique

During the late 18th century, European engravers created 'vues d'optique,' a special kind of print designed to be viewed with an optical device called a zograscope that would make them appear three-dimensional. Join Curator of Graphics Clayton Lewis and Assistant Curator Jakob Dopp as they discuss these visual entertainment showpieces. Register online.

Lecture – 6:00pm, Tuesday, April 9 - Blau 1580 at Ross School of Business

Mary Stockwell, “Unlikely General: ‘Mad’ Anthony Wayne and the Battle for America”

With the young republic in crisis, President Washington chose as general an aging brigadier whose private life was mired in scandal. Follow the story of General Anthony Wayne, drawn from his own passionate letters where he vividly confessed his deepest thoughts. Writer and historian Mary Stockwell was an Earhart Foundation Fellow at the Clements Library. Her book “Unlikely General: ‘Mad’ Anthony Wayne and the Battle for America” was published by Yale University Press in 2018. She has a B.A. in history from Mary Manse College and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Toledo. Register online.

Lecture – 5:30pm, Monday, April 15 - Robertson Auditorium at Ross School of Business

Louis Masur, “How the Civil War Transformed America”

The Civil War began as a battle to save the union but it ended as a struggle to abolish slavery and usher in "a new birth of freedom." No aspect of society was left unchanged by the years of war and its effects continue to resonate more than one hundred and fifty years later. Dr. Louis Masur is Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University. A graduate of the University at Buffalo and Princeton University, he is a cultural historian who has written on a variety of topics. His most recent work is Lincoln's Last Speech: Wartime Reconstruction & The Crisis of Reunion (2015), Lincoln’s Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union (2012), and The Civil War: A Concise History (2011). Register online.

Lecture – 6:00pm, Tuesday, May 7 – Robertson Auditorium at Ross School of Business

Martha Jones, “Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America”

As former slaves struggled to become citizens, they redefined citizenship for all Americans. With fresh archival sources and an ambitious reframing of constitutional law-making before the Civil War, Jones shows how the Fourteenth Amendment constitutionalized the birthright principle, fulfilling the long-held aspirations of African Americans. Martha S. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University. She is a legal and cultural historian whose work examines how black Americans have shaped the story of American democracy. Professor Jones holds a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and a J.D. from the CUNY School of Law. Her most recent book, “Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America” was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. Register online.

Lecture – 6:00pm, Thursday, May 23 – Robertson Auditorium at Ross School of Business

S. Max Edelson, “The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America Before Independence”

In the eighteenth century, Britain relied on geographic knowledge to reform its American empire. The schemes of colonial development and control that these maps envisioned, Edelson argues, helped provoke the resistance that led to the American Revolution. Lecture presented in collaboration with the Michigan Map Society. Dr. S. Max Edelson is Professor of History at the University of Virginia. His second book, “The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America Before Independence” (Harvard University Press, 2017) was a finalist for the George Washington Book Prize and received the John Lyman Book Award for U.S. Maritime History by the North American Society for Oceanic History. Register online.

Lecture – 6:00pm, Tuesday, June 4 – Robertson Auditorium at Ross School of Business

Patrick Spero, “Frontier Rebels: The Fight for Independence in the American West, 1765-1776”

Discover the untold Story of the "Black Boys," a rebellion on the American frontier in 1765. Drawing on largely forgotten manuscript sources from across North America, Spero reveals an often-overlooked truth: the West played a crucial role in igniting the flame of American independence. Patrick Spero is a scholar of early American history, specializing in the era of the American Revolution. He is the Librarian and Director of the American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia. Dr. Spero holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Register online.

Celebrating Brian L. Dunnigan – Tuesday, June 11

4:30-5:30pm – Special Exhibit Viewing, Clements Library

6:00pm – Reflections & Remarks with Reception to follow, Tauber Colloquium at Ross School of Business

Clements Library Associate Director and Curator of Maps Brian Leigh Dunnigan will retire on July 1, 2019. Join us as we congratulate him and reflect on his career. The Clements will hold a viewing of Dunnigan's exhibit (4:30-5:30pm) prior to this special event at the Ross School's 6th floor Tauber Colloquium, featuring Remarks and a Reception. Register online.