In Praise of Chiaroscuro

Detail of Color woodcut from four blocks, in the chiaroscuro technique, from Jean Michel Papillon. Traité historique et pratique de la Gravure en bois. 2 vols. (Pierre Guillaume Simon, 1766)

We are very pleased to announce the recent acquisition of the first comprehensive treatise ever published about the illustration technique of woodcut: Jean Michel Papillon. Traité historique et pratique de la Gravure en bois. 2 vols. (Pierre Guillaume Simon, 1766). Papillon’s manual is particularly remarkable for including a fully illustrated step-by-step depiction of the sixteenth-century technique of chiaroscuro.

Student Mini Grant: Intersecting Histories of Highland Park & LGBTQ Detroit

Exterior shot of the Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit

According to The Western Architect, four hundred and fifty million bricks were used in construction in Detroit in 1916. Among the brick buildings featured in this reporting is the Victor Theatre, located near the Ford factory that was, at the time, the largest manufacturing site in the world in Highland Park, an autonomous city in the center of Detroit. Today, this building is the main location of the Ruth Ellis Center, a nonprofit organization providing social and medical services to LGBTQ...

Library Engagement Fellows: Researching Two Aspects of Library Impact & Engagement on the Modern College Campus

scrabble tiles that spell the word research

From the beginning of my time as a transfer student to the University of Michigan in the Fall of 2019, I have been interested in both engaging with the transfer community and improving the overall transfer student experience. When preparing for this big transition over the summer of 2019, I was most concerned with adjusting socially and academically to a new school. However, when I actually got here, I found there were many other, more hidden aspects of campus life that I had to figure out on...

Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month this May

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Celebrate by checking out some of the library’s e-resources chronicling Asian American and Pacific Islander history and culture. There are a variety of formats and genres to choose from, including ebooks and e-audiobooks, biographies, memoirs, academic texts, and literature authored by Asian American and Pacific Islanders.

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