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Current Exhibits

The Clements Library is holding in-person guided tours on select afternoons, as well as offering open hours for exhibit browsing,

Wednesday and Friday 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM. Please see Clements Library Schedule Updates for current information.

Navigating Disability in 19th-Century America


The four display cases in this exhibit were curated by members of a combined undergraduate and graduate course on disability history and literature at the University of Michigan to convey what it was like to be disabled in the United States before the modern category of “disability” existed. Together, the artifacts gathered from the Clements Library collections provide a glimpse of the cruelties, triumphs, and intimate acts of care that shaped the lives of people with disabilities in the past.

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