William L. Clements Library

Upcoming Exhibits and Events

Exhibits:

Mapping in the Enlightenment

This exhibit uses examples from the Clements Library collection to tell the story of the making, selling, and using of maps during the 18th century. The Enlightenment saw increasing accuracy in maps, as they made for good business in London, Paris, and other European centers of culture.

Exhibit on display starting April 28, 2017.


Events:

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

February

Archival Methods and American Literature
A panel discussion with Eric Slauter, (UChicago), Cathleen Baker (U of M), and Susan Scott Parrish (U of M)

February 3, 2017
10:30 AM - Noon
Clements Library

Please join three esteemed scholars about how archival research shapes the practice of American literary and cultural history in the 21st century. Panelists will share stores about their experiences using archives and discuss how archival work can facilitate cross-disciplinary work in the humanities.

Register here.


March

A Newly Discovered 1790 Detroit Map
Brian Dunnigan

March 7, 2017
Noon Brown Bag
Clements Library

The Clements Library has made a significant acquisition of a previously unknown manuscript plan of Detroit as it was in 1790. Titled "Rough Scetch [sic] of the King's Domain at Detroit," by D.W. Smith. The plan captures Detroit at a significant time in its history.

Register here.

Visit the Library on Fridays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM through March to see the map on display.


April

Founder's Day Lecture
At the Cutting Edge: Michigan in 1817

Brian Dunnigan

April 4, 2017
4PM, Gallery Room (Room 100)
Hatcher Graduate Library

Brian Dunnigan, Curator of Maps, will describe what Michigan was like when the U-M first opened its doors to scholars. Using images of original maps, art, architecture, and letters from the amazing collection of the Clements Library, he will transport you back to the Michigan of 200 years ago.

Register here.


A Michigan Map Society Lecture
From Samuel de Champlain to Jean Baptiste Louis Franquelin: Mapping the Great Lakes in the 17th century

Jean-Fran├žois Palomino

April 18, 2017
6PM, Gallery Room (Room 100)
Hatcher Graduate Library

Join Jean-Fran├žois Palomino as he discusses early French mapping of the Great Lakes region and two noted cartographers who played a seminal role in introducing the Great Lakes to Europeans.

Register here.


Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America
David Silverman

April 20, 2017
4PM, Gallery Room (Room 100)
Hatcher Graduate Library

The adoption of firearms by American Indians between the 17th and 19th centuries marked a turning point in the history of North America's indigenous peoples. Author, David Silverman, will discusses this profound "cultural earthquake" and its impact.

Register here.

Books will be available for purchase.


May

American Historical Print Collectors Society Annual Meeting
May 3 - 7, 2017
www.ahpcs.org

42nd annual meeting of the American Historical Print Collectors Society will be held in Ann Arbor. Sessions will not only feature materials from the Clements Library but also the University's Special Collections Library, Papyri Collection, Stephen Clark Map Library, and more.

For more information please visit the American Historical Print Collectors Society.


Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock

May 16, 2017
6PM, Gallery Room (Room 100)
Hatcher Graduate Library

Former Clements researcher and historian, Holger Hoock, author of Scars of Independence (released May 2017) will discuss the American Revolution and the inherent tensions between moral purpose and violent tendencies in America's past.

Register here.

Books will be available for purchase.