William L. Clements Library

Exhibits:

Banner Moments: The U.S. National Anthem in American Life

September 12 - December 14, 2014

On display in the Audubon Room and Gallery in the Hatcher Graduate Library, with a satellite exhibit in the Music Library.

Celebrating the bicentennial of the U.S. National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner” (1814–2014) exhibit includes historical panels showcasing items from the U-M Library and the William L. Clements Library that illustrate the cultural history of the national anthem in American life. Additional items are borrowed from the personal collection of Mark Clague, associate professor of musicology at U-M, and the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.

Included in one of the secure cases of the Audubon Room is one of the university’s prized items held by the Clements Library: an original 1814 sheet music imprint of "The Star-Spangled Banner," one of about a dozen known surviving issues.

Related Events: Several public events will be offered in conjunction with the exhibit, including a gallery opening reception; a performance by musicians from the School of Music, Theatre & Dance; and two academic panels—one focusing on the making and meaning of the anthem and a second focusing on the anthem in sports (held in conjunction with the LSA sports theme semester in Fall 2014).

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Detroit before the Automobile: The William L. Clements Library Collection

October 18, 2014 - January 18, 2015

University of Michigan Museum of Art

Drawn from the extensive holdings of the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan (U-M), this exhibition illustrates the rich history of the city of Detroit through maps, letters, prints, and photographs. From its beginnings as a French outpost to its emergence as a manufacturing powerhouse based on the automobile at the end of the nineteenth century, the exhibition will focus on the city's growth, its people, and its legacy.

The exhibition is part of the U-M Collections Collaborations series, co-organized by and presented at UMMA and designed to showcase the renowned and diverse collections at the University of Michigan. The U-M Collections Collaborations series is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Events:

Due to the Clements Library’s renovation, the Clements Library 2014 Events and Lecture series will be held at the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery Room 100.

All lectures are free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Please email clementsevents@umich.edu or phone 734-647-0864.

Michael Blanding, author of The Map Thief

6:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Michael Blanding is an award-winning investigative journalist who tells the true-life story of map dealer-turned-criminal E. Forbes Smiley III, who stole more than $3 million worth of antique maps from rare-book libraries around the country. Thankfully, Clements was not part of Smiley's criminal activity; however, many reputable and well-established libraries were. Blanding will talk about the thefts as well as the rare maps themselves.

On display will be copies of a few of the maps Smiley stole that are part of the Clements map division.

Books will be on sale by cash or check only.

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Frank Boles
Director of Central Michigan University's Clarke Historical Library

"The Collections of the Clarke Historical Library"

4:00 p.m., October 14, 2014

Director of Central Michigan University's Clarke Historical Library, and former Bentley Historical Library archivist will lecture on the special collections at the Clarke Historical Library as well as his experience during the Clarke's 1999 expansion and renovation project.

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Burbeck Acquisition Reception

6:00 p.m., October 28, 2014

Please join Clements Curator of Maps and Associate Director, Brian L. Dunnigan and Curator of Manuscripts, Cheney J. Schopieray as they discuss the recent acquisition of military papers and maps of General Henry Burbeck (1754-1848). A few items will be on display for viewing.

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John U. Bacon
"College Football: Past, Present and Future"

The uniquely American story of college football, why it matters, and what the future looks like.

6:00 p.m., November 4, 2014

Best-selling author, college instructor, and University of Michigan graduate (honors degree in history) will share his thoughts on the history of college football and why it helped fuel the growth of major state universities like U of M.

Books will be on sale by cash or check. John will be happy to sign and personalize them for you.