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January 2020

Digitizing Archives of Abolitionists: The Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society Papers 

January 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
William L. Clements Library, 909 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States

The Rochester (NY) Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society papers (1848-1868) consist of the society's incoming correspondence about slavery, fugitive slaves, the conditions of freemen, and other progressive issues; printed annual reports; and other items. Abolitionists Frederick Douglass, Julia Wilbur, Julia Griffiths, and others are among the collection's writers. The William L. Clements Library selected this collection to be fully digitized and made accessible online in a new digitized manuscripts platform that launched in 2019: https://quod.lib.umich.edu/r/rochester/  In this presentation, Curator of Manuscripts Cheney J.…

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Behind the Scenes Tour of the Clements Library

January 31 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
William L. Clements Library, 909 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States

Join us for a tour to learn more about the Clements Library and its collections. Tours begin with a presentation behind-the-scenes to share the story of our collections and our renovated 1923 building. Tours conclude with a visit to the Avenir Foundation Reading Room to view the current exhibits.

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February 2020

John G. McCurdy, “Quartering the British Army in Revolutionary America”

February 11 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Tauber Colloquium 5th flr – Ross Business School, Kresge Hall, 700 East University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
Boston Massacre Engraving by Paul Revere, 1770

In the decades before the Revolution, British soldiers were a common sight in America. They lived in private houses in Trenton, marched up Broadway in New York, and came to blows with colonists in Boston. What was it like to live in this world? Drawing on his new book Quarters: The Accommodation of the British Army and the Coming of the American Revolution (which he largely researched at the Clements Library), John McCurdy explains how the colonists made room for redcoats by…

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Pop-up Exhibit: Love Letters & Valentines in the Archives

February 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
William L. Clements Library, 909 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
"The art of good behaviour; and letter writer on love, courtship, and marriage" (1848)

The rich collections at the Clements Library teem with love letters and romance of all kinds. Come swoon with us as we share examples of Americans expressing their love in the past. The pop-up exhibit features materials dating from the 18th to the 20th century, including handmade and printed valentines, manuscript letters filled with kisses, and published courtship guides. During the Clements Library's exhibit open hours on Friday, February 14, join us for the pop-up exhibit in the Norton Strange Townshend…

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Behind the Scenes Tour of the Clements Library

February 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
William L. Clements Library, 909 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States

Join us for a tour to learn more about the Clements Library and its collections. Tours begin with a presentation behind-the-scenes to share the story of our collections and our renovated 1923 building. Tours conclude with a visit to the Avenir Foundation Reading Room to view the current exhibits.

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Behind the Scenes Tour of the Clements Library

February 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
William L. Clements Library, 909 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States

Join us for a tour to learn more about the Clements Library and its collections. Tours begin with a presentation behind-the-scenes to share the story of our collections and our renovated 1923 building. Tours conclude with a visit to the Avenir Foundation Reading Room to view the current exhibits.

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