William L. Clements Library

Ways to Give

The Clements envisions an even brighter future than its luminous past by establishing endowed curatorships, prestigious research fellowships, a full schedule of speakers and exhibits, and most importantly, by continuously adding unique materials to our collection.

In the past year, the Clements has been able to raise funds for a variety of projects that will advance scholarship and learning for years to come.

Encouraging New Research of Clements Library’s Old Treasures

With a gift from the Earhart Foundation, of Ann Arbor, and a commitment from the Upton Foundation, of St. Joseph, Mich., the Clements now has the ability to provide several semester-long fellowships to experts on early American social, cultural and military history.

The new fellowships build on the Clements' existing Jacob M. Price Visiting Research Fellowships, which provide six to eight $1,000 awards to visiting graduate students or non-tenured professors. With these awards, however, researchers typically spend just one week at the Clements.

This funding will allow us to attract top-ranked scholars to the University of Michigan for extended study in the Library's extraordinary holdings of primary sources on early American history. The fellowships will be particularly important for meeting an anticipated increase in research and writing on the U.S. Civil War.

With the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War approaching, making Civil War-era research a hot field for scholars, these new fellowships will help shed new light on mid-19th-century America and the topics—slavery and antislavery, military history, gender and ethnicity, politics and government, the collective freedom in America—that the decades around the war illuminate for us. The Clements' holdings of Civil War materials are rich and deep, and we're delighted to make them available to researchers this way.

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Learn more about ways to give that match your specific interests:
Become a Clements Library Associate
Give to the Clements Library Support Fund
Learn about Planned Giving
Donate Collections
Adopt a Piece of History

For more information, contact:
Anne Bennington-Helber
William L. Clements Library
909 S. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109