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New Collections Available for Transcription

New Collections Available for Transcription

We welcome new volunteers to join our ongoing transcription project on FromThePage. Three collections have recently been added and are available for transcription. In addition, the German Auxiliaries Muster Rolls are still awaiting further work, for those who like an extra challenge. Follow the links below to join the project: Lydia Maria Child Papers: Personal letters written by Lydia Maria Child, a writer, abolitionist, and women’s rights activist. They concentrate on the period...

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Empire and Encounter at Detroit: Native Nations, Native Labor

Empire and Encounter at Detroit: Native Nations, Native Labor

Guest post by Jonathan Quint, University of Michigan Department of History PhD candidate and Clements Library Intern. This third blog post in a three-part series titled “Empire and Encounter at Detroit” (read part 1 and part 2) uses James Sterling’s letter book to enter the world of early 1760s Detroit, as the British Empire sought to exert power and influence in territories newly won from New France in the Seven Years War. From mundane packing of fur bales to a dramatic narration...

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Student Curators discuss collaborative process developing ‘No, not even for a picture’ online exhibit

Student Curators discuss collaborative process developing ‘No, not even for a picture’ online exhibit

In 2020, University of Michigan students Veronica Cook Williamson and Lindsey Willow Smith worked with Clements Library staff and others—through a pandemic—to produce a new online exhibition examining early photography of Native Americans. In this guest post, Williamson and Smith walk us through the technical and intellectual aspects of developing the project this year. *** The 1864 carte de visite portrait of Wa-Kan-O-Zhan-Zhan is smaller than it looks on a computer...

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New Virtual Exhibition Reexamines Photography of Midwest Native People, Tribes

New Virtual Exhibition Reexamines Photography of Midwest Native People, Tribes

Group portrait of five unidentified Ojibwa Indian men wearing mixtures of western and traditional clothing posing outside tree bark wigwam at White Earth Indian Reservation, Minnesota.  Photography can be a tool of colonialism, as well as a tool of sovereignty and self-identification.With this principle at heart, the student creators of a new online exhibition investigate the complex balance between violation of privacy and the quest for self-identification felt by Native peoples during the...

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Empire and Encounter at Detroit: “Habitants,” Hired Labor, and the Enslaved

Empire and Encounter at Detroit: “Habitants,” Hired Labor, and the Enslaved

Guest post by Jonathan Quint, University of Michigan Department of History PhD candidate and Clements Library Intern. This second blog post in a three-part series titled “Empire and Encounter at Detroit” (read part 1) uses James Sterling’s letter book to enter the world of early 1760s Detroit, as the British Empire sought to exert power and influence in territories newly won from New France in the Seven Years War. From mundane packing of fur bales to a dramatic narration of...

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Virtual discussion: histories of race, gender, and the practice of citizenship

Virtual discussion: histories of race, gender, and the practice of citizenship

What makes someone a citizen of the United States? The Fourteenth Amendment appears to provide a clear answer: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the State wherein they reside.” But until the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868, the Constitution said very little about citizenship, aside from Article 1, Section 8, Clause 4, which reserves to Congress the right to establish a “Rule of...

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A picture is worth a thousand words: Illustrations from the Clements in “The History of Cartography Volume 4”

A picture is worth a thousand words: Illustrations from the Clements in “The History of Cartography Volume 4”

Mary Pedley, Assistant Map Curator at the Clements Library, is co-editor with Matthew H. Edney of The History of Cartography Volume 4: Cartography in the European Enlightenment (University of Chicago Press 2019). * * * The old adage about pictures and words has provided the editors of the History of Cartography Project with the formula for book design ever since the reference series, The History of Cartography, first appeared in 1984. A reference work on mapmaking must have maps...

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Empire and Encounter at Detroit

Empire and Encounter at Detroit

Guest post by Jonathan Quint, University of Michigan Department of History PhD candidate and Clements Library Intern * * * In the wake of British military forces who took formal possession of Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit (Detroit) on November 11, 1760, came peddlers, merchants, and would-be fur traders from all corners of the Thirteen Colonies, Great Britain, and the wider British Atlantic world. Drawn westward by the allure of fur trade profits, these men entered as newcomers a...

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Jonathan Chase Papers Transcriptions and New Volunteer Opportunity

Jonathan Chase Papers Transcriptions and New Volunteer Opportunity

The William L. Clements Library would like to extend its sincere thanks to the Sarah Caswell Angell Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) for volunteering to transcribe the Revolutionary War papers of Col. Jonathan Chase, of the 13th and 15th Regiments of the New Hampshire Militia. The letters and documents that make up Col. Chase's papers provide a vivid picture of military supplies, expenses, and recruitment, with regimental...

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Clements Library staff adapts to the remote workplace

Clements Library staff adapts to the remote workplace

Working from home during a global pandemic poses many challenges, and adapting to remote work environments calls for flexibility and creativity. This is especially true for places like the Clements Library, where our security measures and workflows require our materials to stay safely on-site. While we have been separated from the collections that drive our work, our staff has pivoted in many ways to remain productive—underscoring how much behind-the-scenes work is ongoing to...

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