Special Collections After Hours: Fall 2021

We are excited to continue our online After Hours open houses this semester! Join the Special Collections Research Center on the second Tuesday of each month 4-5 pm for a virtual encounter with our collections. Once again, we've arranged an extraordinary line-up of events. All are welcome to beam in and join us.

14 September 2021 | Digitizing the Harry A. Franck Photographs

12 October 2021 | Altman at 50:  Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of M*A*S*H, Brewster McCloud and McCabe & Mrs. Miller

9 November 2021 | Sacred Hands: Manuscripts of the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

14 December 2021 | Open the Prison Doors! Selections from the Joseph A. Labadie Collection

man turning a piece of wood with a lathe, a pile of shavings
Woodturner, Damascus, Syria. By Harry A. Franck, 1904 (from a glass lantern slide). Harry Alverson Franck Papers, Special Collections Research Center, U-M Library. Browse the finding aid prepared by Sarah Rentz and Kathleen Dow.

Our first online open house will take place next week, 14 September at 4 pm. Shannon Zachary (Head, Department of Preservation and Conservation), Larry Wentzel (Digital Conversion Production Manager, Digital Conversion Unit) and Randal Stegmeyer (Digital Photographer, Digital Conversion Unit) will discuss the project "Digitizing the Harry A. Franck Photographs."  In 1904 Harry Alverson Franck set out for a year of travel. He had a brand new degree from the University of Michigan, $104 in his pocket, and a Kodak camera in his knapsack. That adventure resulted in his first book, A Vagabond Journey Around the World, illustrated with “more than one hundred photographs.” Over the next forty years Franck published more than thirty such illustrated travel books. His children donated his archive, including thousands of photographs on nitrate film and glass, to the University of Michigan Library Special Collections Research Center in 1988. Our presenters will talk about the challenges of preserving those photographs and making them available through digitization.

Register for the event via Zoom. 

We hope you'll be able to join us!