William L. Clements Library 
909 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190

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Anne Bennington-Helber 
The University of Michigan Clements Library 

Guided Tour of the Clements Library 

Join us for a guided tour to learn more about the Clements' early American history collections. Highlights include the exhibit, "Collecting 19th-Century Cuba",  Benjamin West's iconic painting "Death of General Wolfe," a Revolutionary War-era trunk that once housed General Gage's papers, and more!

"Collecting 19th-Century Cuba" Exhibit

The recent acquisitions on display are all partial answers to a simple question: What about Cuba? 

What happened in Cuba, from civil wars to slave rebellions, had echoes in the United States. Cuba was a constant focus of U.S. expansionist ambition, with multiple attempts to either conquer or purchase the island. This collection of materials helps to tell a fuller story of colonialism and slavery in the Caribbean, and document the history of Cuba (and American interest in Cuba) up to the United States’ invasion in 1898.

Exhibit Hours: Wednesdays and Fridays from noon - 4pm.  Exhibit closes November 30.

Visitor Info

Masks are encouraged.

Arrive at our North Entrance (glass vestibule) that faces the Hatcher Graduate Library tower to check-in for your tour. This entrance is accessible and an elevator is available to move between floors. Please note that during the seated portion most chairs have wheels with no arms, but there are a limited number of stationary chairs available.

We want to ensure full and equitable participation in our events. If an accommodation would promote your full participation, please indicate your accommodation requirements when registering.