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2023-2024 William L. Clements Library Research Fellowships: Applications Now Open

2023-2024 William L. Clements Library Research Fellowships: Applications Now Open

The William L. Clements Library invites applications for week-long, short-term, long-term, and digital fellowships to support research in the library’s rich collections. Our Fellowships Program enables researchers at all levels of study to make use of our world-class materials related to the history and culture of America and the Caribbean before 1900.  We are proud that the Clements will continue to prioritize research support by offering four new fellowship opportunities in addition to those...

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Breaking into the Past: An Instance of Code Cracking in the Tinder Postcard Collection

Breaking into the Past: An Instance of Code Cracking in the Tinder Postcard Collection

Claire Danna is the current Joyce Bonk Fellow at the Clements library and a graduate student at the University of Michigan’s School of Information. Their primary work at the Clements has involved scanning the Tinder postcard collection and helping to shape the library’s first Zooniverse project. She has also presented on aspects of the collection and its connection to U.S. postal history in the Clements Library Bookworm webinar series.The David V. Tinder real photo postcard collection provides...

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The 1893-1894 Tour of Linus, “The $100,000 Oregon Wonder” Horse

The 1893-1894 Tour of Linus, “The $100,000 Oregon Wonder” Horse

In October 2021, the Clements Library obtained a cabinet card portrait of one of the famous late-19th-century "Oregon Long-Haired Wonder" horses.  It is a beautiful photograph, showing this chestnut-colored Clydesdale with his hair braided and done up with ribbons, standing beside a currently unidentified man.  On its own, this photograph has something valuable to say about horses and their appearance in the late-19th-century United States, the value of unusual animals to entrepreneurs and...

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New Graphics Finding Aids: Fall 2022

New Graphics Finding Aids: Fall 2022

The Clements Library is pleased to announce that the following collections in our Graphics Division are now described online and may be requested for use in the reading room.  The Clements Library is now open for research by appointment. All researchers are encouraged to contact Clements Library staff for guidance on how to complete their research with both digital and physical materials. Please contact us with any questions about your research.  *   *   *  Wella and Pet Anderson...

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New Manuscript Finding Aids: Summer 2022

New Manuscript Finding Aids: Summer 2022

The William L. Clements Library continues to acquire and process collections to help tell the diverse story of the American past. The 43 new finding aids listed below provide a sampling of these efforts. Here you will find manuscript materials that speak to women’s lives -- from a Confederate woman’s diary, a hair album with clippings from friends and family -- or collections that speak to women’s relationships to music, translations, or friendship. Several recent acquisitions expand our...

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Clements Library Announces 2022-2023 Fellowship Awards

Clements Library Announces 2022-2023 Fellowship Awards

From June 2022 to May 2023, the William L. Clements Library will host 22 recipients of visiting research fellowship awards. These awards have been made possible by the generosity of contributing foundations and individual donors, whose gifts enable the library to bring scholars from around the world to Ann Arbor. We are delighted to share the diverse and exciting range of supported projects that may eventually result in dissertations, books, articles, conference presentations, and even podcast...

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Announcing the 2022-2023 Inaugural ATBL-Clements Transatlantic Fellow!

Announcing the 2022-2023 Inaugural ATBL-Clements Transatlantic Fellow!

The William L. Clements Library has partnered with the American Trust for the British Library (ATBL) to become part of a unique set of fellowship opportunities, beginning with the 2022-2023 fellowship cycle. The newly-established ATBL-Clements Library Transatlantic Fellowship will support research projects promising to place the collections of both institutions in dialogue. By examining a topic through the lens of multiple, trans-Atlantic collections, researchers can illuminate less-examined...

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New Manuscripts Finding Aids, Spring 2022: Cuba, War of 1812 Privateering, Teenagers, Labor, and More

New Manuscripts Finding Aids, Spring 2022: Cuba, War of 1812 Privateering, Teenagers, Labor, and More

The William L. Clements Library is pleased to share 23 new finding aids for manuscripts collections.  Many represent new acquisitions, such as our growing collection of materials related to Cuba in the 19th century. Others include two journals kept aboard privateer vessels during the War of 1812, one of them by a sailor and the other by a ship physician.  We continue to improve our collections related to the lives and activities of teenagers, particularly in the form of diaries and...

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Picturing Michigan’s Past: Explore History Through Photo Postcards

Picturing Michigan’s Past: Explore History Through Photo Postcards

Post by Claire Danna, University of Michigan School of Information Joyce Bonk Assistant. Claire joins us for a two-year assistantship with the digitization team while completing a master's degree in Information Science at the U-M School of Information. One of Claire's first projects has been to scan the 60,000 postcards from the David V. Tinder collection of Michigan photography and develop materials for the Zooniverse crowdsourcing project.  *           *          * The William L. Clements...

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Minette: “A Mixed-Race Lead Actress on the Baltimore Stage, 1796” Revisited

Minette: “A Mixed-Race Lead Actress on the Baltimore Stage, 1796” Revisited

One of the Clements Library's objectives for its blog is to create additional ways for scholars to take notice of collections relevant to their research. We describe acquisitions, archives, resources, highlights, and out-of-the-ordinary items to draw attention to materials that might not otherwise be found through our finding aids and catalog records. Scholars frequently have a knowledge base that helps us better understand the collections that we care for, and in some cases, we connect with...

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