William L. Clements Library


Past Exhibit

Exhibit at the Great Hall of the William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan.
IDEALIZED AMERICA IN THE ILLUSTRATED COUNTY ATLAS

October 16—February 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.