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Support What You Love 

On December 3, 2019 the Clements Library joins the University of Michigan community in the annual Giving Blueday campaign, reminding everyone to “support what you love about U-M.” If you are not sure where to begin, perhaps exploring the dynamic new Clements Library website will ignite your passion! You can also hear from the curators as they each explore a favorite item from the collection in this video. We hope that you agree that there is a lot to love about the William L. Clements Library!

Make Your Gift Today

On December 3, not only does your donation help the Clements Library, but you can also participate in a variety of challenges to potentially increase your gift amount and because they are just simply fun. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to see what’s available and to learn more about the pets and talents of the Clements Library staff!

This year we are featuring the Clements Library Support Fund during Giving Blueday. This flexible fund can be used for acquisitions, programming, digitization, conservation or anything else that comes up. As we make the transition to our new director Paul Erickson in January 2020, the Support Fund will provide him the opportunity to try new initiatives while continuing our other robust offerings.

As Kevin Graffagnino finishes up his time as the Randolph G. Adams Director of the Clements Library, he was kind enough to record why he gives to the Clements in this special Giving Blueday video. His devotion to the importance of libraries and history is reflected in his enthusiastic generosity.

Previous Giving Blueday Success

For Giving Blueday 2018, donors helped endow a new fellowship, our first one devoted to the study of maps at the Clements in honor of Associate Director and Curator of Maps Brian Dunnigan upon his retirement. In 24 hours, the Clements received 80 gifts in support of our programs and the Dunnigan fellowship!

Now, the Brian Leigh Dunnigan Fellowship in the History of Cartography will continue in perpetuity, offering scholars travel funds for a research trip to the Clements Library. It is one of only a few fellowships available anywhere for the study of cartography. During summer 2019, the inaugural Dunnigan Fellow Yasmine Espert accessed sources to support her dissertation and presented a public brown bag talk about her research. Applications are currently being accepted for 2020 fellows.

The outpouring of support was a touching tribute to the influential career of Brian Dunnigan. If you would like to give to the Dunnigan Fellowship or explore the other funds available at the Clements, you can do so online or call Angela Oonk at 734-637-0864.


Angela Oonk
Director of Development
William L. Clements Library

Anne Bennington-Helber
Assistant Director of Development
William L. Clements Library