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Clarke Historical Library

October 2020

Speaker Series Goes Virtual

Upcoming guest speaker events highlight history and issues from across the state. Due to COVID-19, the events are being held online via WebEx and preregistration is required in order to receive the WebEx link for the event. Visit the Clarke web site, website for full event and registration information.

October 29 Carl Doud, Early Michigan's Scourge of Mosquitoes and Malaria TONIGHT
November 5 Miles Harvey, author of The King of Confidence: A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch [James Jesse Strang and Beaver Island]
November 12 Joyce A. Baugh, author of The Detroit School Busing Case, Milliken v. Bradley and the Controversy over Desegregation

Presidential Campaign Biographies

Selections from Clarke's collection of presidential campaign biographies are currently on view in the reading room. Dating back over 50 years, the collection was initiated by a gift of funds from the class of 1964 following a particularly exciting presidential election that year (Johnson vs. Goldwater). Since that time the collection continues to grow, right up to the current race including biographies of Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and others. To see the books on display, contact the Clarke and arrange for an appointment. The Clarke Historical Library continues to grow its Presidential Biography collection through documentation of the 2020 election. If you have books or presidential campaign material you are interested in donating, please contact the library at or 989-774-3352.

180 Years of Getting Out the Vote

Historical newspaper clippings about getting to the polls and voting are currently being featured in the lobby display. Selected from our online DigMichNews collection, the clippings have been enlarged for legibility. The DigMichNews collection has Michigan newspapers going back as far as 1840 and features coverage of every presidential election since then! Select clippings are also posting on Clarke's DigMichNews social media.

Homecoming Traditions Turned Upside Down

In a year unlike any other, even Homecoming has been affected. This year's Homecoming lacked the typical activities and featured virtual activities instead. However, this isn't the first time CMU Homecoming traditions have changed! The celebration has evolved over the last hundred years. Read about how those changes came about in the new Clarke blog post Homecoming Traditions Turned Upside Down.

Picture of the Week

Each week, CMU photographs from the Clarke collection are featured on the CMU Alumni Association Facebook page, as well as on Clarke's social media channels. Known as the Picture of the Week, these photos illustrate slices of student life across the decades. They're taken from photographic prints, slides, and negatives. Many of the pictures don't carry identification and require research to properly identify. Watch for them weekly!

Visiting the Clarke: Appointment Needed

When visiting the Clarke whether for research or the for the current exhibition The Surprise and Wonder of Pop-up Books, appointments are a must and COVID-19 protocols need to be observed. Please contact us at or 989-774-3352 to set up an appointment.