1923William 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.
|Placed By||History and Traditions Committee|
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|Date Added||Thursday, April 7th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17T E 274214 N 4683949|
|Decimal Degrees||42.27508333, -83.73801667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 42° 16.505', W 83° 44.281'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||42° 16' 30.3" N, 83° 44' 16.86" W|
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