From the University of Michigan News Service:
As part of an effort to enhance accessibility and increase the use of its collections for continued teaching and learning, the University of Michigan William L. Clements Library will reopen on April 11 after a 2.5 year, $17 million renovation and expansion.
The collection is particularly strong in material relating to the American Revolution—Mr. Clements found the descendants of many of they key players in the Revolution (Lord Shelburne, General Sir Henry Clinton, General Nathanael Greene, and others), bought their ancestors’ papers and brought them to Ann Arbor.
Other highlights resulting from more than 90 years of collecting at the Clements include documents relating to the exploration and discovery of North America, Native American history, colonial wars for conquest, the American Civil War and the anti-slavery movement, and the move westward.
According to project managers, the renovation included updates to the building’s plumbing, wiring, climate control, fire suppression and security systems, as well as improvements to all three floors of the building.
Most notable was the construction of a two-level underground addition that includes an extra 3,000 square feet of climate-controlled storage space, which will allow most of the collection to stay securely on site.
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