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Assistant Map Curator Mary Pedley’s recent Quarto article, “A Commonwealth of Beavers” describes the importance of beavers in the early 18th century. Beavers symbolized the riches and opportunity to be had in the fur trade. Those who take our behind-the-scenes 2020 Tours of the Clements Library are able to catch a glimpse of the original “Beaver Map” Pedley writes about—an intricate, engraved map dating to 1715 that shows British territory, French fishing rights, and a description of the early colonies’ postal system. See The Quarto No. 51, p 2-3: clements.umich.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/quarto51-our-favorites.pdf ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy #ValentinesDay! Join us in the Norton Strange Townshend Room to enjoy the real-life love stories on display in our Pop-up Exhibit: Love Letters & Romance in the Archives! myumi.ch/7Z45g The Clements Library is open today 10am to 4pm for public exhibit hours and studying. ... See MoreSee Less

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Want to dance the winter blues away? The @clementslibrary has an incredible collection of illustrated 19th-century sheet music, including forgotten hits like the “Nahant Polka.” This piece was composed for the owners of the Nahant House hotel, a seaside resort just outside Boston that in 1854 could accommodate 600 guests, making it one of the largest hotels in the country. Business at that scale proved difficult to sustain, and the hotel went into decline before being destroyed by fire in 1861. But its signature polka lives on. #librariesofinstagram #sheetmusic #nahant #polka ... See MoreSee Less

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