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Place: Ann Arbor

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The exhibit montage includes Ann Arbor maps, photos, and ephemera collected through the years, highlighting the Stephen S. Clark Library's collection of local maps ranging from Arboretum planting plans to bus routes of long ago.

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Dates
May 1st through September 22nd
Location
Clark Library, 2nd Floor Hatcher Graduate Library
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Event Type
Exhibit

A Community for Victory: Ann Arbor in World War II

The exhibit explores community life in Ann Arbor during World War II, using the Ann Arbor District Library's extensive local historical archives, the Stephen S. Clark Library's map collection, and special materials from the U-M Library's American Culinary History Collection.

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Dates
May 1st through September 22nd
Location
Clark Library, 2nd Floor Hatcher Graduate Library
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Event Type
Exhibit

Portraying the World Anew: Martin Waldseemüller’s "Carta marina" (1516)

Detail from Martin Waldseemüller’s Carta marina map of 1516

Chet Van Duzer, Jacob M. Price Visiting Research Fellow at the Clements Library, examines the differences between Martin Waldseemüller’s Carta marina of 1516 and his more famous 1507 map.

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Date & Time
April 30, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location
Clark Library, 2nd Floor Hatcher Graduate Library
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Event Type
Lecture

Curators' Tour of the Maps and Map Making in India Exhibit

Clark Library Indian Maps Exhibit
Clark Library Indian Maps Exhibit

Join Tim Utter, Manager of the Clark Library, and Jeff Martin, Librarian for South Asian Studies, for a curators' tour of the

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Date & Time
March 21, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Location
Clark Library, 2nd Floor Hatcher Library
Series
Global Information Week 2014
Event Type
Talk

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

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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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Last modified: 11/12/2014

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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