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Third Thursday in the Clark Library: Collection Highlights

Map of Ukraine
Map of Ukraine

Welcome back! Please join us in the Clark Library for our first monthly open house in the new school year. Our exhibits include Ukraine: Land of Many Borders; Describing Space: Materials from a creative trip in Kyoto; and a Fall Art Show. We'll also have highlights from our map collections on display.

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Date & Time
September 19, 2013 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Clark Library, 2nd Floor
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Open House

Student and Staff Art Exhibit

This exhibit includes three installations. The current Installation (May 17th through June 15th) includes works by Jessica Joy London, Isabel Talsma, Lyz Luidens, Paula Friedrich, Rachel Tran, Mirae Moon, Kristin Oliver, Mary Rose Adelle G. Pacificar, and Alana Hoey.

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May 31st, 2013 through July 17th, 2013
Clark Library, 2nd floor Hatcher South
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The first in an ongoing series of place-specific exhibits, Place:Detroit is an opportunity to see the Stephen S. Clark Library's collection of books and maps on Detroit. The exhibit is designed to give you a small taste of both Detroit's eventful past and exciting present. 

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May 31st, 2013 through July 17th, 2013
Clark Library, 2nd floor Hatcher South
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Lightning Talks: What Open Education Means to Me

Students and staff from across the University of Michigan share their ten-minute stories about using or creating resources that are shared and reused across institutions or about using participatory, collaborative or transparent practices in education or research settings.

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Date & Time
March 12, 2013 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Clark Library, 2nd floor, workshop space
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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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Joseph A. Labadie Collection

Special Collections Library
Hatcher Graduate Library
913 S. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
(734) 936-2314 (p)

A collection documenting the history of social protest movements and marginalized political communities from the 19th century to the present

In the 1930s, the U-M Library’s Joseph A. Labadie Collection — the oldest such collection in America — was called “probably the most complete record of the social unrest of our times that has ever been assembled."

Since then, the collection has only grown, expanding from its original focus on anarchism to also encompass:

  • anti-war movements
  • civil rights
  • workers’ rights
  • second-wave feminism
  • the New Left
  • prison issues
  • radical environmental movements
  • Black liberation
  • national liberation movements
  • LGBT equality campaigns
  • and many others

The collection is named for Detroit labor organizer and anarchist Joseph Antoine Labadie (1850-1933), who in 1911 donated the books, pamphlets, newspapers, magazines, manuscripts, and memorabilia he had assembled over the years.

Today, the Labadie Collection is the most widely used of all of the library’s special collections and serves as a unique and important resource for students and researchers at U-M and around the world.

“This is a collection that documents history from below,” says curator Julie Herrada. “We are preserving, and making available to the public, the activities of under-represented groups, people whose ideas are considered marginal or dangerous.”

Labadie Collection materials have been used in numerous publications and exhibits. A single poster from the collection, for example, was recently sought out for inclusion in art book, as well as displayed in exhibits at Cornell University and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia.

And new materials are being added to the collection all the time. “Not long ago we received a large donation of transgender rights research materials that greatly add to our existing strength in LGBT topics,” she adds.

Along with physical access to rare and unique archival materials, a host of materials are available digitally including scans of anarchist pamphlets, historic photographs and more than 1,000 political “pin-back” buttons on topics ranging from pacifism to sexual freedom, communism to student protest.

Because of the collection’s breadth and depth, several finding aids and guides to its holdings are available, including to many of the uncataloged manuscripts and letters.

"Melba Joyce Boyd, a well-known author and Wayne State University professor, says that an activist is a person with a certain level of consciousness who then incorporates that consciousness into what they do. So, I see my work as a curator as a kind of activism,” says Herrada, who has overseen the collection since 2000.

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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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Library Administration

University of Michigan
818 Hatcher South
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-9356
Fax: 734-763-5080

James L. Hilton, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, Vice Provost for Digital Educational Initiatives, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and Professor of Information
Christine Butchart-Bailey, Assistant to the University Librarian

Laurie Alexander, Associate University Librarian for Learning and Teaching
Jukie Wilson, Administrative Assistant

Jane Blumenthal, Director, Taubman Health Sciences Library & Associate University Librarian
Cheryl Cheeseman, Assistant to the Director

Rebecca Dunkle, Associate University Librarian for Library Operations
Jukie Wilson, Administrative Assistant

Donna Hayward, Executive Associate Director

Bryan Skib, Associate University Librarian for Collections
Jukie Wilson, Administrative Assistant

Elaine Westbrooks, Associate University Librarian for Research
Michelle Mosley, Administrative Assistant 

Bob Campe, Chief Operating Officer
Michelle Mosley, Administrative Assistant 

Library Administrative Units

Mari Vaydik, Development Director
Phone: 734-763-7368

Communications and Marketing
Lynne Raughley, Communications Director
Phone:  734-764-6338

Human Resources
Phone: 734-764-2546

Library Finance
Phone: 734-763-6596

Library Facilities
Phone: 734-764-9365


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