Summer Speakers

On June 8th, Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife  - an account of the love affair between Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley when they were in Paris, France - spoke to the CMU Libraries Friends at their annual luncheon. This was a wonderful opportunity for a wide audience to engage with an author whose subject matter is so closely tied to the Clarke’s collections.
This past Tuesday, we welcomed author Jack Dempsey as part of the Michigan Notable Books tour. He spoke about his book, Ink Trails which tells of the many secrets, legends and myths that surround some of Michigan's most acclaimed literary heroes. We will soon have a review of his presentation on our blog and we will post a link to a video recording of the event.
July 31st, we will be welcoming Michael Artman, author of Hemingway’s Paris. While vacationing in Paris with his wife, Mr. Artman found himself interested in the history of Ernest and Hadley Hemingway’s life in the City of Light, walking the pathways traveled by Ernest and Hadley and visiting the haunts they found intriguing so many years ago. Please join us at 7 pm in the Park Library Auditorium for this wonderful presentation.

John Fierst on Sabbatical

Librarian and Head of Public Services at the Clarke, John Fierst, will be on sabbatical beginning July 1 through January 1, 2014. If you have reference inquiries for the Clarke, please be sure to use our reference email address:

Clarke Website Redesign

The Clarke Historical Library’s website was recently updated. All of the old features that you are familiar with are still available via this new interface and we will soon be adding some exciting new content. Our online CMU materials have expanded to include biographies of all of the CMU presidents and we will soon have a complete list of all of the Board of Trustee members from 1964 to the present. Beyond our redesigned website, the Clarke is always adding to our vast collection of online resources that can be found via CONDOR – the CMU Online Digital Object Repository.

New to the Clarke

We have been fortunate to have the opportunity to add some great materials related to Michigan history, Great Lakes Native American history, and children’s and young adult literature to our collections. Some highlights include a large collection of Zane Grey books, three first edition Arthur Rackham illustrated books, A Collection of Ojebway and English Hymns for the Use of the Native Indians (Ojebway title Nuhguhmonun, Kanuhnuhguhmowahjin Egewh Uhneshenahbaig) (1877), A Short Catechism of the Christian Doctrine in the Otchipwe Language (1884), The Sportsman’s Guide to the Northern Lakes; with Hints on Fishing, Hunting and Trapping (1885), a J. O. Lewis print entitled, KAA-NUN-DER-WAAGUINSE-ZOO or the BERRY PICKER, A Famous Chippewa Chief (1835), and letters from General Hugh Brady while stationed in Detroit regarding the Indian removal.

Check Out Our Blog

We have some great new blog posts on the Clarke News and Notes Blog, such as a motion picture preservation film project that is currently being undertaken by a Clarke staff member, the history of Special Olympics in Michigan, and some interesting tidbits found in our historic digital newspapers.