Beyond the Reading Room

Anecdotes and other notes from the U-M Special Collections Research Center.
Detailed illustration from Audubon's Birds of North America of a nest in a tree with birds sitting around it.

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poster with event announcement and images of family seated below potrait floral bouquet architectural cityscape and artists book with curved vertical forms emerging from red cube
January 23, 2023
  • Evyn Kropf
We are excited to continue our in-person Special Collections After Hours open houses this semester! Join us on the second Tuesday of each month from 4 to 5.30 pm in the Special Collections Research Center on the 6th floor of the Hatcher Graduate Library for an encounter with our collections.
three circular views of greek manuscript text on papyrus, persian manuscript text with astronomical diagram on paper, engraved frontispiece showing European astronomers at work
January 10, 2023
  • Pablo Alvarez
  • Evyn Kropf
The Special Collections Research Center is pleased to announce a new exhibit featuring a selection of manuscripts, early printed books, and artifacts illustrating Mesopotamian, Greek, Islamic, and Western European astronomies. Join the curators on Thursday, 12 January, 4-6p in the Hatcher Gallery for a reception celebrating the opening of the exhibit followed by an exhibit tour.
well-dressed spanish and visayan men women and children seated in chairs or on floor, some standing, in a fine room with polished floors
January 5, 2023
  • Martha O'Hara Conway
  • Fe Susan T Go
Join the Special Collections Research Center in Hatcher next Tuesday (10 January) at 4 pm for our first After Hours open house of the Winter term, exploring our extensive collection of letters, diaries, photographs, maps, books, and other material documenting early 20th century Philippine history!
An arm labeled "Fig 4" with letter annotations.
December 6, 2022
  • Pablo Alvarez
Join the Special Collections Research Center in Hatcher next Tuesday (13 December) at 4 pm for our final After Hours open house of the term exploring a selection of artifacts illustrating the early history of western medicine.
Postcard depicting a group of men in front of a two-store building in Salonica (Thessaloniki), circa 1917
November 3, 2022
  • Gabriel Mordoch
Newly cataloged for our Jewish Salonica Postcard Collection: a postcard depicting a group of men in front of a narrow two-store building in Salonica (Thessaloniki), circa 1917. On the ground floor of the building was the Electrically Powered Bakery while the first floor housed the kosher restaurant of Varsano and Mosse.
complex collage of images taken from books, posters, and photographs featuring figures, writing in various scripts, water and air scenes and abstract forms
November 2, 2022
  • Martha O'Hara Conway
The current application cycle is now open for fellowships available to researchers whose work would benefit from onsite access to our special collections!
two women standing at a bench face each other in conversation as one works on a book
November 2, 2022
  • Marieka R Kaye
Do you have questions about how our conservators care for our collection materials? 4th November is #AskAConservator Day! Conservators Marieka Kaye and Amy Crist will be responding to your questions over on Twitter.
image of man-presenting person with pregnant belly
November 1, 2022
  • Julie Herrada
Join the Special Collections Research Center in Hatcher next Tuesday (8 November) at 4 pm for our third After Hours open house of the term exploring Labadie Collection materials on women's reproductive rights.
The engraving on the gem shows a man in a loincloth bent over, cutting stalks of wheat with a hooked tool
October 25, 2022
  • Shannon Zachary
Have you been traveling? Visiting exhibits at museums and libraries? Check out materials from our collections currently out on loan for exhibition!
open book with arabic script in gold and colors
October 3, 2022
  • Evyn Kropf
Join the Special Collections Research Center in Hatcher next Tuesday (11 October) at 4 pm for our second After Hours open house of the term exploring the Arabic devotional compendium Dalāʼil al-khayrāt!