William L. Clements Library

Upcoming Exhibits and Events


Mapping in the Enlightenment: Science, Innovation, and the Public Sphere

This exhibit uses examples from the Clements Library collection to tell the story of making, distributing, and using maps during the long 18th century. Enlightenment thinking generated a quest for increasing the accuracy of maps, the growth of map collecting and map use by a wide range of men and women in all social classes, and the expanding role of maps as administrative documents for government decision-making throughout Europe and her overseas colonies.

Exhibit on display starting April 28, 2017.


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


A Newly Discovered 1790 Detroit Map
Brian Dunnigan

April 26, 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.


American Historical Print Collectors Society Annual Meeting
May 3 - 7, 2017

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.