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 a student-curated exhibit "Navigating Disability in 19th-Century America", Benjamin West's iconic painting "Death of General Wolfe," a Revolutionary War-era trunk that once housed General Gage's papers, and more!

"Navigating Disability in 19th-Century America" Exhibit

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.

Curated By: Dr. Ittai Orr and the Students of English 420, Winter 2022, with Maggie Vanderford and Julie Fremuth at the Clements Library

This exhibit will be highlighted during in-person guided tours throughout the summer. You can also browse the exhibit during our Open Hours, Monday - Friday from 12:00 to 4:30 PM. Please check Happening @ Michigan for up-to-date viewing information, and contact Maggie Vanderford for more information.

Visitor Info

Please complete the ResponsiBLUE health screening on the day of your tour to participate. 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.