The Clements Library is holding in-person guided tours on select afternoons, as well as offering open hours for exhibit browsing,
Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
Building on a Century of Collecting at the Clements Library
Celebrating 100 years at the Clements.
This student-curated exhibit focuses on the theme of secrecy and how it has shaped our inquiry into how the family, as an institution and an ideal at the heart of debates about American identity and national belonging, has changed over time.
Family Secrets: Uncovering Identity in 19th Century America
This exhibit examines the photographic styles and practices that recorded the people, activities, stereotypes, and myths during the early development of photography, focusing on the Anishinaabe people of the Great Lakes region and beyond.
“No, not even for a picture”: Re-examining the Native Midwest and Tribes’ Relations to the History of Photography
American Encounters highlights the great range and depth of the Clements Library’s collections related to Native American history. The exhibit features items drawn from many areas of the collection, including books, maps, manuscripts, prints, and photographs, which document over four centuries of hi …
American Encounters: Native American History at the Clements Library
This online exhibit highlights the Clements Library’s best holdings related to the Barbary Wars. Featured items include manuscripts, books, maps, and engravings documenting the United States’ first interactions with the Arab world and the early development of the U.S. Navy.
Barbary Wars at the Clements
The War of 1812 has sometimes been called a forgotten conflict. This second confrontation between the United States and Great Britain did, in fact, have a considerable influence on the future development of the country as well as its relations with Canada, Native Americans, and Europe.
The War of 1812: A Bicentennial Exhibition
In 2009 the Clements Library marked the 250th anniversary of the British victories of 1759 by presenting a few of the treasures from its collections that illustrate the events and participants in that momentous year. This online version has been enhanced by the addition of further materials.
1759: Britain’s Year of Victories
The exhibit aims to showcase the spy letters of the Sir Henry Clinton Papers and to situate them in an educational framework. During the war, a complex network of spies, double agents, and traitors emerged in an effort to learn the plans of the enemy before they were enacted.
Spy Letters of the American Revolution
Norton Strange Townshend (1815-1895) had a long and multi-faceted career in politics, medicine, social reform, and agricultural education. This exhibit illuminates many aspects of his career and life through biographical information and materials from the Norton Strange Townshend Family Papers.
“Honest Independence”: The Life of Norton Strange Townshend
Mortality is a useful lens through which we may view many aspects of early American society. This exhibit explores American practices and traditions for coping with death, from the early years of European exploration and discovery to the early 20th century and the burgeoning modern funeral industry.