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Joseph Cabay, or Kewakezhig: A Home in the Skies

Joseph Cabay, or Kewakezhig: A Home in the Skies

The Clements Library is thrilled to have recently acquired a mid-19th-century calling card for a Saginaw Band Ojibwa man named Joseph Cabay which will be a welcome addition to the Native American History Collection. Born around 1837 in Saganing, Michigan, to Ca-ba-o-sau-dung/Elliot Cabay (a son of Chief O-ta-was) and Pedah-bore-no-qua, Joseph was living at 5 Tremont St., Boston at the time this calling card was produced. Like many Native Americans of his day and age, Joseph had to navigate...

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Clements Library invites applicants for 2022-23 Research Fellowships

Clements Library invites applicants for 2022-23 Research Fellowships

The William L. Clements Library collections exist to be used.Nothing makes the staff of the Clements Library happier than to see the Avenir Room full of researchers using the collections. At any given moment, the tables may host innovative work on topics as varied as gender in 18th-century Yucatan (the topic of Alfred A. Cave Fellow Samantha Davis’ project) to the spatial politics of sheet music (as exemplified by the project of Jacob M. Price Fellow Colin Anderson), just to name only two. We...

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The Digitized William Howe Orderly Book, 1776-1778, with notes on the Howe Papers and the many orderly books of General Howe

The Digitized William Howe Orderly Book, 1776-1778, with notes on the Howe Papers and the many orderly books of General Howe

The William L. Clements Library is pleased to announce the availability of a digitized version of the William Howe Orderly Book, 1776-1778. This volume of orders for the British Army under General Howe, covering around two years of the American Revolution, is a treasure of the Clements Library. The volume contains copies of orders dating from March 9, 1776, to May 1, 1778, reflecting the progress of the British Army under Howe from their embarkation at Portsmouth, England, through New York and...

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New Manuscripts Finding Aids: Fall 2021

New Manuscripts Finding Aids: Fall 2021

The William L. Clements Library's new batch of finding aids pertains to a variety of 19th century topics. The collections document variolation and childbirth, primary to higher education, Mississippi plantation life, teenage girls' experiences, textile mill work, beekeeping, Civil War life on the home front, a surgeon's experiences in the field, and more. We would like to express our special thanks to the late Paul Duane Haynes for donating letters of his father Irl Potter Haynes, which...

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A nesting doll of copies: a digital facsimile of an engraved facsimile of a medieval manuscript copy of a Roman map

A nesting doll of copies: a digital facsimile of an engraved facsimile of a medieval manuscript copy of a Roman map

This image comprises all the engraved segments of a half-size facsimile copy of a medieval manuscript map known as The Peutinger Map. The engraved facsimile is found in later editions of the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, edited and published by Abraham Ortelius (and often noted as the "first" modern atlas). The Clements Library’s copy is in the 1624 Theatrum (Atl 1624 Or).All engraved segments of the Ortelius Peutinger map, digitally stitched togetherDetail showing the first segmentAbrahami Ortelii...

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“Adopt a Piece of History” Fest on September 9 at 7:00 pm

“Adopt a Piece of History” Fest on September 9 at 7:00 pm

Launched online in May 2020, “Adopt a Piece of History” is both a way for the public to learn more about the Clements Library as well as a vivid demonstration of the impacts of donor support. “Adopting” materials at the Clements—giving towards the costs of acquisition, conservation, and digitization—directly supports the work while also recognizing the donor through a virtual bookplate.Before the program was on the website, it was conducted through events where selected items from the...

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Transcription Project Mid-Year Update

Transcription Project Mid-Year Update

As part of the Clements Library's digitization program, we have started to make selected archival collections available online. To make these materials fully available for research, we welcome volunteers to help us create searchable full-text transcriptions for each page. Learn more and join the project.Currently Available for Transcription German Auxiliaries Muster RollsDocuments relating to Hessian soldiers in the American Revolution. Great Britain Indian Department CollectionMaterials...

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New Manuscripts Finding Aids: Summer 2021

New Manuscripts Finding Aids: Summer 2021

The Clements Library is pleased to announce that the following collections are now described online and may be requested for use in the reading room. (The Clements Library is currently open by appointment only for U-M faculty, students and staff and Clements research fellows.) Before planning your research visit, please verify in advance if our normal open hours for researchers have resumed. For all researchers, we are happy to schedule a video consultation instead of a visit to the library....

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Book Review: “Frontier Metropolis: Picturing Early Detroit, 1701-1838”

Book Review: “Frontier Metropolis: Picturing Early Detroit, 1701-1838”

Guest author Jonathan Quint, a PhD candidate in the University of Michigan Department of History and 2020-2021 Clements Library Intern, reflects on one of the Clements' most celebrated publications 20 years after its release. ***Brian Leigh Dunnigan. Frontier Metropolis: Picturing Early Detroit, 1701-1838. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2001. Pg 247. Appendices. Bibliography. Illustrations. Index. Maps. Notes. Cloth. Brian Dunnigan’s Frontier Metropolis: Picturing Early Detroit,...

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Pirates and Indigenous of the Pacific: Reading Between the Coastlines of the Hacke Atlas

Pirates and Indigenous of the Pacific: Reading Between the Coastlines of the Hacke Atlas

Guest post by Danny Zborover; 2020-2021 Mary G. Stange Fellow at the Clements Library; dazborov@gmail.com *** As the pirates disembarked their ship and prepared to attack, another group of black-attired characters formed a solid line behind the defensive wall. After a short but fierce melee, the makeshift fortification collapsed and the pirates rushed, swords in hand, to seize the town’s church. With the band playing and the crowd cheering, the pirates then broke into a solemn dance in front...

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