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William L. Clements Library

1923

 
 
William L. Clements Library marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., April 4, 2016
1. William L. Clements Library marker
Inscription. William L. Clements (1882, LLD 1934hon) was a regent of the University of Michigan (1910-1933) whose life-long avocation was the collection of books, maps and related materials on American History from 1492 to 1800. In 1922, he donated to the university his substantial collection of rare books, early newspapers, manuscripts, and maps. He felt that the preservation of such works and their availability for scholarly research would be of great benefit to mankind. He also donated the funds for a building to house the William Clements Library of American History. Designed by noted Detroit architect Albert Kahn, the Clements Library Building was built of Indiana limestone, and completed in 1923. An expression of the Italian Renaissance style, the building was based on a sixteenth century Italian casino and reflected the elegance of the hillside palaces of Genoa, the port from which Columbus sailed. After a distinguished career, Albert Kahn said he desired most to be remembered as the architect of the Clements Library.
 
Erected 2006 by History and Traditions Committee, University of Michigan. (Marker Number 16.)
 
Location. 42° 16.505′ N, 83° 44.281′ W. Marker is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in Washtenaw County
William L. Clements Library and marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., April 4, 2016
2. William L. Clements Library and marker
The marker is on the ground to the left of the blue "William L. Clements Library" sign. The building behind the Clements Library is the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library.
. Marker is at the intersection of South University Avenue and Tappan Avenue, on the right when traveling west on South University Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 909 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor MI 48109, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Martha Cook Building (a few steps from this marker); Law Quadrangle (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Denison Archway (about 500 feet away); Engineering at Michigan (about 500 feet away); Social and Political Change on South University (about 600 feet away); The Corners of South University and East University Avenues (about 600 feet away); East University Avenue Campus Boundary (about 700 feet away); Michigan Summer Symposium in Theoretical Physics (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ann Arbor.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of the William L. Clements Library. (Submitted on April 7, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. Clements Library. (Submitted on October 9, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
 
Categories. ArchitectureEducation
 
<i>Clements Library, University of Michigan   Ann Arbor</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1920
3. Clements Library, University of Michigan   Ann Arbor
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 7, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 230 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 7, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.   3. submitted on December 12, 2016.
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