Storied Acquisitions: Highlights from the University of Michigan Library Collections

Curated by Martha O'Hara Conway, Director of the Special Collections Library, and Kristine Greive, Exhibits Librarian


In celebration of the University’s bicentennial, this exhibit showcases treasures from a variety of collecting areas and explores the stories behind the development of some of our most distinctive collections. From Audubon’s Birds of America, the first book acquired for the Library, to more recent arrivals like Robert Altman’s Academy Award, the items in this exhibit afford us an opportunity to reflect on the history and consider the future of one of the country’s largest and most important academic research library collections.

The items in this exhibit are from the Special Collections Research Center unless marked otherwise in the caption.