Subject guides provide an overview of the Clements holdings on specific topics, highlighting library collecting strengths. This is by no means a comprehensive list — we will continue to add further subjects as time allows. In the meantime, please contact us if you have any questions about library holdings on a particular subject.
The collections at the William L. Clements Library document the varied and rich histories of African Americans, with particular strengths on the history of slavery, antislavery and abolition movements, the Civil War, and emancipation.
The William L. Clements Library cares for world-renowned primary source materials on the American Revolutionary War.
The Clements Library’s holdings on the American Civil War are broad in scope and span all four divisions. Particular strengths include the experiences of individual soldiers and civilians, popular media representations of events, and post-war reflect …
The David V. Tinder Collection of Michigan Photography consists of over 100,000 images in a variety of formats, primarily made up of vernacular photographs of everyday life in Michigan.
The James S. Schoff Civil War Collection consists of thousands of manuscript soldiers’ letters, hundreds of regimental histories and other Civil War titles, hundreds of photographs, including those by Matthew Brady and Alexander Gardner, and pieces o …
The James V. Medler Crime collection consists of more than 900 pamphlets, books, broadsides, and manuscripts relating to crime literature and criminal activities.
The William L. Clements Library holds numerous collections related to Native American history. Topics of particular strength include Native American material culture & traditional customs, Indian Wars, Indian-settler interactions, trade, negotiations …
Clements Library materials support research on Native American education ranging from the 18th into the 20th century, encompassing day schools, reservation schools, and mission schools as well as boarding schools.