CLARKE HISTORICAL LIBRARY ONLINE EXHIBITIONS
We make history meaningful.
Drawing from the Clarke Historical Library’s many and diverse collections, the exhibits and digital collections found on this site provide broad access to primary and original sources related to the history of Michigan and the Great Lakes region.
Some of the information found here is interpretative material originally prepared for Clarke Historical Library exhibits. Other resources were selected to be included on this site based on research done specifically to for this site. In either case, the mix of interpretation and original resource material found in this section can be extremely useful in gaining an understanding of some of the areas in which the Clarke specializes.
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In addition to the Clarke Historical Library Online Exhibitions, you can find additional Clarke resources at:
- The Digital Michigan Newspapers database includes nearly 800,000 pages of historical Michigan newspapers from across the state.
- The CMU History database provides access to tens of thousands of documents that offer insight into the history of Central Michigan University.
- The Clarke Historical Library Digital Collections database includes dozens of documents and books chronicling the history of Michigan, including the digital copies of family scrapbooks created by Grace Hall Hemingway, the mother of famed writer Ernest Hemingway.
- The Clarke’s Historical Maps database provides and inventory of maps held by the Clarke that are mart of the Jenks Collection of historical Michigan maps.
- Construction and Renovation Photographs of the St. Marys Falls Canal and Locks includes 1,731 images created by the US Army Corps of Engineers, dating from ca. 1885 to 1941, documenting construction, repairs, renovations, accidents, and work done at the Soo Lock in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
- Abundant Waters: Our Relationship with Our Most Precious Resource is the digital exhibition corresponding to the Clarke’s 2022 exhibit.