Clarke Historical Library
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The Clarke Historical Library is enclosed on the campus of Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States. It is located within the Charles V. Park Library on the campus. The library was founded in 1954 by Norman E. Clarke, Sr. His library and collections were given to the school, which he had attended as a young man. The library began with the 1,500 books, 60 groups of manuscripts, 150 maps, 400 visual item and 50 broadsides, also including a few early papers. His collections included numerous memoirs, works of scholarship, treasures, opinion pieces and works of fiction.
This library publishes the Michigan Historical Review twice per year. The journal is dedicated to Michigan and its history. The Clarke also houses a variety of Ernest Hemingway publications, a well-known Michigan-born writer. The collection shows Hemingway's papers, and photographs from his cottage on Walloon Lake in northern Michigan. The mission of the Clarke Historical Library encourages individuals, groups and organizations to use the library for research and undergraduate study. To expand the information to the public, the library's website was created in 1996.
The Clarke is home to a children’s literature section with collections of books that range from the 17th to the 20th century, which includes ofirst editions. The Clarke Historical Library is home to the archives of Central Michigan University. There are also over 2,500 articles recording the history of Michigan, its writers and other topics involving Michigan. The Clarke highlights the importance of preserving the documents for the history of Michigan and the Old Northwest Territory, which he collected over the years. Public programs are ongoing, varying in exhibits and speakers, twice a year.