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Acoustic Songwriting Showcase

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Morris W-25, by Shunichi kouroki via Flickr, CC-BY

Student songwriters perform new music, written this semester as part of the course Acoustic Songwriting for Beginners. Each student has written between seven and ten songs, many of which have been workshopped with the class. In this final showcase concert, students will each perform some of their original songs.

Event Information

Date & Time
November 17, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)
Location Information
Event Type
Musical Program

Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive

Special Collections Library
Hatcher Graduate Library
913 S. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
(734) 764-9377 (p)

A collection of American culinary history: cookbooks and other materials from the 16th through the 20th century

We are not just what we eat, but how we eat — not to mention when, where and with whom. Cookbooks, menus, advertisements, manuals of table etiquette and the like may not be written to preserve the history of everyday life, but that’s exactly what they do.

And this is what makes the library’s Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive so valuable. Containing more than 15,000 items, it paints a rich and unique portrait of American life over the centuries.

“On one level, the collection is about what people cooked and ate — but that’s just a doorway to explore how people saw themselves and their neighbors,” says collection curator JJ Jacobson.

Through the culinary archive one can explore changing attitudes towards diet and health, homemaking, commercial dining and the industrialization of food production. It also reveals historical ideas about race, class, and gender.

“This is the kind of history that’s not concerned so much with empires, kings and battles, but with where the wheat comes from, how the bread is made, how ethnic groups adopte each others recipes, and what their cultures tell women and men they should be like,” Jacobson adds.

And food continues to be an important part of our culture — contemporary discussions about organic produce, fast food, Atkins and other diet fads, concentrated feed lots, vending machines in schools and the merits of vegetarianism all stem from historical contexts chronicled in the archive.

The collection is shaped by the donation of a rich assemblage of cookbooks, menus, and other material collected over many years by Jan Longone, an adjunct curator in the U-M Special Collections Library, and her husband Dan.

Not so long ago, even the concept of American culinary history was met with skepticism.

“[Critics] said America had no cuisine or culinary history to speak of; all we ate were hamburgers,” Jan Longone wrote of attitudes at an Oxford University food symposium in the 1980s. Yet today the archive is recognized as a premier collection for the study of American culture as it relates to food and home life.

Writing in the Boston Globe, renowned chef James Beard called an exhibit of works from the collection “an unequaled feat of culinary scholarship.”

“Not all the cookbooks are good cookbooks, but they are all interesting and the authors, mainly women, were an amazing group who did a great deal to influence American history,” Beard wrote in the 1984 column.

And the collection has only continued to grow and evolve since then. Formerly held at U-M’s William L. Clements Library, it was transferred to the U-M Library in 2013 where its potential for teaching and scholarship can be fully realized.

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Last modified: 06/30/2014

Copyright Camp 2013: Who owns research data, and who cares?

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Join the University of Michigan Library for a community conversation that explores how copyright impacts our professional lives.

Note: This event is free, but for planning purposes we encourage you to register.

Event Information

Date & Time
June 20, 2013 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Hatcher Gallery
Event Type

Document Delivery Services

Hours this week:

Monday08:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday08:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday08:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday08:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday08:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Free Services: For All Students, Staff and Faculty

For books and other materials that are available for check out from a campus library, the Library offers a number of delivery services. 

  • Mirlyn Get This
    Have books and other materials held at the Circulation Desk in a library most convenient for you. Do this by:
    • Logging into Mirlyn, the library catalog of the University of Michigan, with your uniqname and password.
    • Locate the desired item.
    • Select the Get This button in the "holdings" section to request delivery of an available item to the library of your choice.
    • Chose a pick up library location in the Hold for me at a library box.

    You will receive an email message when the item is ready for pick up. (See our video for additional help.)

  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
    When the UM Library does not own a copy of a book or other material, borrow it from another library.
  • UBorrow
    UBorrow is another service of interlibrary loan (ILL) for the borrowing of physical items that allows you to:
    • Search 14 combined library catalogs
    • Get real time info on item availability
    • Request items (usually delivered within a week)
    • Keep most books for 12 weeks


Free Services: For Graduate Students, Staff and Faculty

(Available to Undergraduate Students for a small fee)

  • 7FAST- MLibrary Document Delivery
    Have books and articles (PDFs) delivered quickly to you, including from the Kresge Business Administration Library and the Law Library. (2-4 day turnaround)


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Last modified: 04/23/2014

Publish Not Perish: Faculty Advice for New Academic Authors

Stack of books

Are you an undergraduate, graduate student, or faculty member interested in learning more about academic publishing? Please join us for a distinguished panel of faculty members from across the disciplines who will discuss the academic publishing experience for aspiring authors from a variety of viewpoints.

Event Information

Date & Time
March 14, 2013 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Gallery, 100 Hatcher Graduate Library
Location Information
Event Type
Panel Discussion

Graduate Library Information and Reference

Hours this week:

Sunday1:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Monday09:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday09:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday09:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday09:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday09:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Last modified: 03/30/2015

Asia Library Office

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Last modified: 03/30/2015

Unveiling the Secrets of Greek Manuscripts in American Libraries

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End of the Gospel according to John,
13th c. Mich. Ms. 25

Dr. Nadezhda Kavrus-Hoffmann describes her project of cataloging Greek manuscripts in American Libraries and then focuses on the University of Michigan collection and the results of her research to date.

Event Information

Date & Time
March 21, 2013 - 4:00pm to 6:30pm
Event Type

Study Spaces

Open, individual study spaces abound across the library. We also offer a range of group study spaces — many of which may be reserved in advance. 

Shapiro Undergraduate Library and Shapiro Science Library

Hatcher Graduate Library

You may also reserve a room by phone or e-mail: 
  • Shapiro Library circulation desk: (734)764-7491
  • Hatcher Graduate Library circulation desk: (734)764-0401
  • RoomSchedulers@umich.edu — please, specify which room you are requesting, the date on which you wish to use the room, and start and end times of your reservation.
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Last modified: 09/29/2014


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