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Clarke Historical Library

November 2016

?The Contenders? Exhibit

With the general election now over, we have more than two months before our next president takes office. Between now and Inauguration Day, check out the Clarke?s exhibit to learn about past US presidential elections. Rather than focus on those upon whom we bestowed the title "President," we have instead highlighted the stories of those who vied for the highest office in America but were not elected. Every election, there is one winner and a host of others ? some remembered and some not ? who threw their hat in the ring only to come up short. View campaign materials, including texts, ephemera, and autographs of those who have not been one of the 45 elected to the highest office in the land.

Clarke Native Treaties Traveling Exhibit

If you are interested in viewing the Clarke?s traveling Native Treaties exhibit, you have a few more opportunities from now through the end of the year to view the travelling component of the exhibit. Until November 20, you can see the exhibition at the Cromaine District Library in Hartland and the Library of Michigan in Lansing. From November 28-December 11, the exhibition will be on display at Jackson College in Jackson, Michigan.

The Native Treaties ? Shared Rights exhibit is made possible thanks in part to a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council.

DigMichNews Grant Finalists to be Named November 21

For the fourth consecutive year, the Clarke is sponsoring a grant to digitize and make available on-line several thousand pages of one lucky Michigan community?s historical newspapers. Thanks to the support of the Robert and Susan Clarke Endowment, the Clarke can offer $2,500 for the scanning and uploading of 10,000 pages of previously microfilmed newspapers or the microfilming, scanning, and uploading of 4,000 pages of paper issues.

On Monday, November 21, the five finalist communities will be announced. Stay tuned to the DigMichNews Facebook and Twitter pages for the announcement.

Then, in January, it?s your chance to choose the winning community via a massive postcard and Twitter voting campaign. Last year, we received nearly 110,000 tweets and over 8,000 postcards during the campaign, and we?re looking for more this year.

For more information, visit the DigMichNews Grant webpage. If you have any questions about the DigMichNews Grant or the microfilming and newspaper reformatting services offered by the Clarke, e-mail

New Digital Collections Website is Now Live

At the beginning of the academic year, the Clarke and the CMU Libraries switched from our old CONDOR site to a new and improved CMU Libraries Digital Collections site ( This site currently features five fantastic collections of digitized resources that are freely available to anyone with an internet connection. They include: The holdings of the CMU Digital Collections will continue to grow and bring you the best resources we have to offer including local Michigan newspapers, historic CMU documents, scholarly works produced by CMU faculty and students, and much more. If you have web links or bookmarks pointing to specific documents in the old CONDOR system, those links may be broken. Make sure to update your links and bookmarks in order to have quick access to the bevy of excellent resources in the CMU Digital Collections. Contact the Clarke if you have any questions about the new Digital Collections databases.

New on the Clarke's Social Media

The Clarke News and Notes blog featured a few interesting posts in October. Frank Boles wrote about a recent acquisition - the permanent loan of the Marjorie Bump Papers. These documents make the Clarke?s holdings related to Ernest Hemingway (with a Michigan twist) much more robust. In another post, Clarke Archivist Marian Matyn wrote about joining a national film inventory site to increase access to our audio / visual materials.

The Clarke?s Facebook and Twitter pages have been very busy in October. We shared a postcard of a Detroit streetcar traveling down Griswold in the 1910s and a photo of 2,416 CMU students breaking the world record ?lap sit? in 1976 (pictured above)! We also posted several #PageFrights, such as a primitive woodcut of the Grim Reaper from 1799 and a plate from Arthur Rackham?s Legend of Sleepy Hollow. And staff at the Clarke brought an air of mystery to the CMU Libraries on Halloween by dressing up as characters from the classic board game, Clue. We've posted dozens more historical photos and tidbits of information - take a look!

Stay up with the latest from the Clarke by checking in with the Clarke News and Notes blog or following our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Clarke Hours in November and December

The Clarke is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm for you to view our exhibit or to use our materials for your research.

We will be closed November 24-26 to share the Thanksgiving holiday with our friends and family. Our final Saturday of 2016 will be December 3. You can view a calendar of our hours (and the hours of the rest of the CMU Libraries units) via this CMU Libraries webpage.