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History on the Move



Corrigan's crew will roll the carts on and off the truck. All the packing and unpacking, though, is being done by the Clements' seventeen-person staff. It's been a challenge for a group of not-so-young booklovers. "It's a sad thing, but I may be one of the stronger guys," says Graffagnino, fifty-eight.

"There are no ex-Big Ten football players on our staff. We could have used a few."


Ann Arbor native William Clements graduated from the U-M in 1882 with a degree in engineering. He eventually took over his father's Bay City Industrial Works firm, where he made a fortune supplying equipment for the construction of the Panama Canal and other engineering projects. In 1909 he was elected to the U-M Board of Regents.

Clements built the library to house his personal collection: 20,000 rare books, 2,000 volumes of early newspapers, maps, manuscripts, and more. The gift agreement specified that the library would be "dedicated to collecting and preserving primary sources for early American history," open only to "advanced scholars," and "independent from the University's library system."

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