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The word “toilet,” when used as a verb, means “to dress and groom oneself.” Lest vanity pervade the minds of young women, this publication from the 1820s reminded them of the true virtues in life. “The American Toilet” is a printed book of emblematic illustrations, each covered with a handmade hinged flap that reveals a moral precept in disguise. Stacey Grimaldi’s “The Toilet,” printed in London in 1822, was adapted by Hannah and Mary Murray for this American version published in New York in 1827. search.lib.umich.edu/catalog/record/004617842 ... See MoreSee Less

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The Civil War Digital Digest recently debuted this interesting episode about Lucretia Gillett, a photographer who worked in Saline, Michigan: youtu.be/fXvpJR2ZTGw Historian and Clements Library Associate Bill Christen shares her story and examples of Gillett's work that he and his wife have collected. This carte de visite bearing her mark is in the Clements Library Image Bank: quod.lib.umich.edu/w/wcl1ic/x-8159/wcl008225 Although there is ample evidence of women's involvement in the photographic businesses of the 19th century, not many operated under their own name as Miss Gillett did.

More photographs by Lucretia Gillett are preserved at the Clements Library and accessible to researchers through these Finding Aids:
quod.lib.umich.edu/c/clementsead/umich-wcl-G-tind-0320?view=text
quod.lib.umich.edu/c/clementsead/umich-wcl-G-tind-0180?rgn=Entire+Finding+Aid;view=text;q1=cabine...
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The William L. Clements Library has an opening for a Digitization Technician: careers.umich.edu/job_detail/182933/digitization_technician

This position will work closely with the library curators and conservator to select and prepare materials for digitization, perform in-house digitization, and create descriptive metadata. The scanning workflow includes materials for HathiTrust, the Clements Library Image Bank, digitized archival collections, reference requests, and special projects such as online exhibits and library publications.
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