William L. Clements Library

Books and Pamphlets

The Clements Library is pleased to offer a selection of high-quality publications that have drawn on the outstanding resources of the Library and the talents of its staff and friends. Publications are available as a Clements Library Associates benefit.

Books and Pamphlets

Directory of Early Michigan Photographers

By David V. Tinder, edited by Clayton A. Lewis (Clements Library, 2013).

The Directory of Early Michigan Photographers, compiled over several decades, identifies virtually every known commercial and significant amateur photographer that worked in the state of Michigan from the first known appearances in the 1840s into the early twentieth century. The author, David V. Tinder, is recognized as the top authority on early Michigan photography. With over 8,000 records, the Directory stands as an unsurpassed resource for historians, collectors, curators, archivists, genealogists, and anyone interested in the early history of photography in the United States.

2850 pages. Available as a free download (pdf).

The Future of the Book & the Public Interest

Edited by David Culbert (Ann Arbor: The William L. Clements Library in conjunction with the The Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies, 2012).

Five papers presented at the 2010 Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies symposium at the University of Michigan, by Paul N. Courant, J. Kevin Graffagnino, Josie Barnes Parker, Elaine K. Didier, and David Horrocks.

Softcover, 52 pp., illustrated.

An Americana Sampler: Essays on Selections from the William L. Clements Library

Edited by Brian Leigh Dunnigan and J. Kevin Graffagnino (Clements Library, 2011).

Includes eighteen contributions by Library staff and University of Michigan historians, presenting examples of collections and topics dating from the sixteenth to the early twentieth century. The essays suggest the wealth and variety of the Clements holdings and the opportunities for research they provide. Beautifully designed by Kathy Horn, the volume includes more than 190 full-color photographs of the Library and its collections.

185 pages; color illustrated; hardbound.

“The American Historian's Raw Materials”: Books Based on the Clements Library Holdings

Compiled by Emiko O. Hastings and J. Kevin Graffagnino (Clements Library, 2010).

Since the opening of the Clements Library in 1923, the collections here have attracted a steady stream of scholars working on early American history. This list offers a chronological selection of noteworthy titles that have made substantial use of the Clements holdings.

Available as a free download (pdf).
Paper copies available upon request.


The Captain from Nantucket and the Mutiny on the Bounty

By Walter Hayes (Clements Library, 1996).

The fate of history’s most famous mutineers was revealed in 1808 when American ship captain Mayhew Folger stumbled across Pitcairn Island and the last surviving Bounty fugitive. The Clements Library holds Folger’s detailed manuscript narrative of the event, and it has been masterfully reproduced and used by Walter Hayes to tell the story of one of the great stories of the sea.

143 pages; illustrated in color; hardbound.


The Revolution Remembered: Eyewitness Accounts of the War for Independence

Edited by John C. Dann (University of Chicago Press, 1977).

In the 1830s, surviving veterans of the War for Independence were offered pensions. But first they had to document their service. Many did so in detailed narratives that provide highly descriptive, first-hand accounts of their experiences. Clements Library Director Emeritus John C. Dann combed through thousands of pension applications to select and carefully edit a diverse selection of narratives representative of the experiences of the ordinary people who fought for American independence.

446 pages; hardbound.


The Nagle Journal: A Diary of the Life of Jacob Nagle, Sailor, from the Year 1775 to 1841

Edited by John C. Dann (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1988).

Young Jacob Nagle joined the fight for independence in 1775 but soon found himself at sea, embarked on a maritime career that took him to every continent and into many of the great events of the age of sail, including classic naval battles and the first voyage to colonize Australia. Nagle’s account of his adventures was written during his retirement in Ohio and colorfully documents an extraordinarily eventful and exciting seafaring life.

402 pages; illustrated in color and black and white; hardbound.


Winding Down: The Revolutionary War Letters of Lieutenant Benjamin Gilbert of Massachusetts, 1780-1783

Edited by John Shy (University of Michigan Press, 1989).

Benjamin Gilbert had fought through much of the War for Independence, rising to officer’s rank by the time he began keeping a letter book in 1780. His copies of correspondence to relatives, friends, and fellow officers record a personal perspective on the final years of the war, from the victory at Yorktown to the conclusion of hostilities and the disbanding of the Continental Army. Gilbert’s letter book is preserved in the Clements Library and has been edited by distinguished historian John Shy.

120 pages; illustrated; hardbound.


Liberty’s Legacy: Our Celebration of the Northwest Ordinance and the United States Constitution

Introductions by Peter S. Onuf, Pauline Maier, and John C. Dann (1987-1988)

An attractive, heavily illustrated, museum exhibition-style catalog produced at the time of the bicentennial of the Northwest Ordinance and the United States Constitution. The text and accompanying graphics summarize and illustrate the early development of an important part of the American Midwest. Many of the images are reproductions of original documents, books, and graphics held by the Clements Library.

116 pages; illustrated in color and black and white; softbound.


Annals and memorials of the Handys and their kindred

Annals and Memorials of the Handys and Their Kindred

By Isaac W. K. Handy, D.D. Edited by Mildred Handy Ritchie and Sarah Rozelle Handy Mallon (William L. Clements Library, 1992).

The Annals and Memorials is based upon letters, interviews, and other family history documents collected between 1851 and 1878 by the Rev. Isaac W.K. Handy (1815-1878). Isaac Handy intended to issue this book in 1861, but the Civil War intervened, and postwar hardship and the author's declining health made publication impossible before his death in 1878. The efforts of two great-granddaughters, Mildred H. Ritchie and Sarah H. Mallon, working with the Clements Library, finally brought this project to a successful conclusion. Isaac Handy's book is faithfully published as he wrote it in the nineteenth century. Notes and additions by later editors are clearly identified in a different typeface.

817 pages. Available as a free download (pdf).


To inquire about any of these items, contact Anne Bennington-Helber abhelber@umich.edu.