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Digitization supported by Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps

Digitization supported by Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps

To create a digital archive is an expensive endeavor. The Clements Library is deeply committed to sharing its rich collections with an ever-wider audience, but the queue of material is long and resources limited. Pockets of the collection would not see cyber-light were it not for the helpful boost that a donor can provide. We are particularly grateful for support from California map dealer Barry Ruderman, who has provided the funds for the continued digitizing of manuscript maps in...

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New and Improved Finding Aids: Spring 2020

New and Improved Finding Aids: Spring 2020

The Clements Library is pleased to announce that the following collections are now described online. These materials may be requested for use in the reading room when we are able to resume library services. Before planning your research visit, please contact us to verify in advance if our normal open hours for researchers have resumed. * * * Henry Murfey letter book (1855-1856) - Processed by Cari Griffin The Henry Murfey letter book contains copies of 12 letters addressed to Henry, of...

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Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society Papers Transcriptions

Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society Papers Transcriptions

The William L. Clements Library is pleased to announce that the digitized Rochester Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society Papers are now fully text searchable. Each digitized page is accompanied by a complete transcription, which will transform the way researchers interact with the collection, streamline research, and assist scholars who have difficulties reading the at-times challenging handwriting. When library staff started working from home in mid-March, we quickly upgraded our demo...

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Conservation Close-up Part 2: Sea Charts used in Whaling

Conservation Close-up Part 2: Sea Charts used in Whaling

Clements Library Conservator Julie Fremuth provides a follow-up to our recent post about the arrival of 14 tightly-rolled sea charts and early conservation steps. The initial post Conservation Close-up: Sea Charts used in Whaling discusses Fremuth's months-long process to safely and gradually flatten the maps. Generously donated to the Clements Library by Frederick and Janet Stingel, these charts were once used for navigation aboard whaling vessels. *** This is a...

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Writing the Injured Body

Writing the Injured Body

Guest post by Jean Franzino, Clements Library 2019 Norton Strange Townshend Fellow * * * In 1904, New Jersey Civil War veteran George R. Shebbeard published his life narrative, a 32-page booklet of the sort sold by disabled veterans for their economic support. The Clements Library’s copy of the text includes a photograph of Shebbeard, lying in the wagon that serves as his mobility aid, in which he faces the viewer and presents a calm smile. The note printed on the back...

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2020 Fellowships awarded to 23 Scholars

2020 Fellowships awarded to 23 Scholars

The 2020-21 competition for research fellowships at the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan saw the library receive its largest number of applications ever. As a new arrival at the Clements, reading the fellowship proposals was a wonderful way to learn about the library’s collections, since the scholars who submitted the proposals knew far more about the details of the Clements’ strengths as they related to their projects than I do. I was both delighted to...

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New Finding Aids: January – April 2020

New Finding Aids: January – April 2020

The Clements Library is pleased to announce that the following collections are now described online. These materials may be requested for use in the reading room when we are able to resume library services. Before planning your research visit, please contact us to verify in advance if our normal open hours for researchers have resumed. * * * Mélange de Toutes les Couleurs Propres au Dessein du Plan manuscript ([1750-1800]) - Processed by Meghan Brody This 32-page manuscript notebook, dated to...

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Whaling Voyage Logs Recently Acquired

Whaling Voyage Logs Recently Acquired

Guest post by Ellen Gleason, Clements Library Student Intern As a student pursuing the Graduate Certification in Archival Administration at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, I completed a 135-hour practicum applying my classroom learning to work in the field. For my project, I had the pleasure of processing two 19th century whaling logbooks recently acquired by the William L. Clements Library in Ann Arbor. * * * The whale is a majestic figure in the human psyche. Long...

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Enslavement, Refuge, and Black Life Beyond the Caribbean’s “Merchantable” Space

Enslavement, Refuge, and Black Life Beyond the Caribbean’s “Merchantable” Space

Guest post by Patrick T. Barker, Clements Library 2019 Price Fellow Across the late 1760s and early 1770s ‒ in a series of what, at first, may have seemed unconnected acts ‒ enslaved women, men, and children fled southward in number from the then-British Caribbean colony of Carriacou in the southeastern Caribbean. The fugitives, wrote the British Windward Islands’ governor William Leybourne in the summer of 1773, “escape from us in boats to some of the nearest Spanish settlements,” lured by...

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Latest Quarto: The Best of the West

Latest Quarto: The Best of the West

The Winter-Spring 2020 Quarto is now available online. This issue is titled “The Best of the West,” inspired by an exhibition of the same name at the Clements Library. In the words of retiring Director Kevin Graffagnino, the exhibit “concentrates on printed books and pamphlets, but readers of this issue of The Quarto will learn that the Library has tremendous strength in western Americana manuscripts, prints, photographs, and maps as well.” "The Best of the West," Introduction by J. Kevin...

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