William L. Clements Library
Exhibit at the Great
Hall of the William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan.
IDEALIZED AMERICA IN THE ILLUSTRATED COUNTY ATLAS
October 16February 6, 2009
Curated by Clayton Lewis
The illustrated county atlases of the 1860s through the 1890s established an ideal of an American society based on themes of cultivated virtue, honesty, hard work, faith, and patriotism. On display in the Great Hall of the Clements Library are original atlases from Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, California, New York, and Minnesota. The exhibit examines both the process of atlas production and the cultural meaning of these spectacular illustrated volumes.