William L. Clements Library

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The Clements Library contains a wealth of primary sources for the study of early American history. The Library’s collections document all aspects of North America prior to the twentieth century. Its holdings are particularly strong in early exploration and settlement of North America, the American Revolution, and the American Civil War. Other areas of interest include African American history, culinary arts, crime, education, family life, Native American history, race and ethnicity, reform movements, religion, and women’s history.

The four Divisions of the Library care for collections of unique historical materials in different formats. Browse Books, Graphics, Manuscripts, and Maps to learn more about the materials contained in each Division. Search the collections to find catalog records, finding aids for manuscripts, and other information on the Library website.