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rovide Basic Features o Universit Edu

The scope of the library ranges'
from Columbus' discovery to
about 1835.
The library contains about
36,000 books, 200,000 manuscripts,
and some 25,000 maps.
"The material in the Clements
Library is used by textbook writ-
ers and biographers, and histor-
ians in general who produce the
secondary source books," Howard
Peckham, director of the Clements
Library explained.
'Author Wasn't There'
"We don't buy books about the
American Revolution - for the
author wasn't there. What we're,
after' is source material.
"There source materials come.
in various forms: printed books,
colonial newspapers, early maps,
atlasses, and to some extent ac-
counts of geographic knowledge
of the time," Peckham said.
About 40 per cent of the libra-
ries users come from off-Campus
-they are usually authors or pro-
Valuable Materials
It would be difficult to appraise
the value of the volumes which
belong to the Clements Library,
because often the source material
has never been priced-and be-
cause opinions about the worth of
a particular letter or series of
letters is bound to vary. However,
Peckham said that a rough esti-
mation-end one he feels is some-
what conservative, is between
three and five million dollars.
The library is open to under-
graduates "if they can show they
have a serious purpose," Peck-
ham said, but even if they are not
serious, they're welcome to visit
the library.
Next door to the Clements Li-
brary is the President's home, and
across the street from that is the
Law Quadrangle. The Legal Re-
search Building, one of the major
structures in the law quad, houses
faculty offices and a good many
law records. It also houses the Law
Law Library
The Law Library contains well
over 300,000 volumes. It is, like
the Clements Library, indepen-
dent of the Graduate Library and
is one of the largest libraries of
its kind in the world.
It maintains itself as a closed
stack library because it is "used

primarily for research, and a
closed-stack arrangement is best
for this," Fred Smith, one of the
librarians, said.
Smith added that the library is
open to anyone in need of legal
information and materials al-
though it is "not a general study
Attorneys Serviced
Often, he said, attorneys from
Detroit or Ann Arbor or from cit-
ies as fra away as Canberra will
use the library's facilities.
"We carry books which tell
about the cases, which have the
cases in them, which have statu-
tes about the cases and cases
about the statutes. We have other
books about similar cases in India,
and England. It's fascinating read-
ing!" he said.
There are also divisional libra-
ries, run by various departments
and schools in conjunction with
the General Library. Most of
these are located in the same
building which houses the school,
such as the Natural Science Li-
brary or the library located in the
Frieze Bldg. for the use of social
work students.

LIBRARY OF AMERICANA-The William L. Clements Library, given to the University by the la
regent and alumnus whose name the building memorializes, houses a vast collection of material pe
tinent to early American ,history. Among its numerous collections are original manuscripts ar
papers of participants in the American Revolution.

UGLI?-Aesthetical differences of opinion about the Undergraduate Library will never be solved;
its facilities, however, are a more absolute consideration. The multi-purpose room is equipped with
movie screen and projector, loud speaking equipment and seats for over 200 persons. An auto-
matic folding door can be used to divide the room in two.

ber of small reading rooms, and
among these there are non-smok-
ing rooms, "quiet" rooms, and an
Honors Lounge.
The Michigan Historical Collec-
tions is a very small and revered;
Modest' Beginnings
The Collections began very
modestly in 1934, when an assist-
ant professor of American history
at the University applied for a
grant from the graduate school's,
faculty research funds. The pur-
pose was a new one for a Rackham
fund grant, the locating and col-
lecting of manuscript and printed
sources relating to Michigan his-
tory, a booklet describing the
Collections states.
Prof. Lewis Vander Velde event-
ually became chairman of the his-
tory department, and his 1934
project eventually grew into a li-
brary containing millions of man-
uscripts and records, occupying
six rooms in the Rackham Bldg.
The first of these rooms is a
general storehouse, in w h i c h
bound and unbound newspapers,
some inactive University records,
duplicate copies of books, large
collections of papers of individ-
uals, and miscellaneous books and
papers not frequently called for
are kept.
Primary Sources
Four of the other rooms house
personnel, books and manuscripts
for old historical records such as
the collections specialize in, sel-
dom came in book-form, and the
collections prefer primary source
However, the sixth room, Room
160 Rackham, is the "library"
which most people who use collec-
tions' materials get to know.
The room has four exhibit cases
in which manuscripts or other
printed materials are displayed.
There are also many locked cases
containing diaries, church records,
and the early stories of Michigan
schools, colleges and other organi-
zations. -
The work of the collections is
principally of three kinds.
Gathering Manuscripts
The first includes gathering
manuscripts and printed materials
relating to the State of Michigan
and is carried on by correspon-
dence and by personal contacts.
The second activity of the Col-
lections consists of making manu-
scripts and printed materials
available for use--often books or
letters or diaries must be cleaned,
before they can be used by gradu-

ate students or other researchers.
And after this, it is necessary to'
catalogue and re-bind the books
or letters.
The third function consists of
disseminating information about
Available to All
The resources of the Michigan'
Historical Collections may be used
by anyone seeking information
about the state.
White the collections deal only
with Michigan history, and fol-
low the history through to fairly
modern times (the collections
maintain articles and letters on
movements as recent as the es-
tablishment of the Michigan
League). The Clements Library
deals with American history only
through the early nineteenth cen-

The Clements Library, one of
the most austere and beautiful
buildings on campus, houses one
of special libraries at the Univer-
sity--special inasmuch as it re-
ceives its own budget and own
funds, separate from the control
of the General Library.
Alumnus' Gift
The Clements Library was a
gift from George Clements, a Uni-
versity alumnus and regent from
Bay City.
In 1922 Clements donated his
books-almost all were source
materials-and built the marble
Fearful that it would appear
like any other library he also fin-
ished it with rugged early-Ameri-
can furniture, most of which is
still in the library.


Distribution Ruling Set

(Continued from Page 1)
Fine arts comprises the second
group. History of art, classical
archeology, and music composi-
tion, literature and theory courses
make up the selection of this set.
The third group is philosophy.
The courses in this set comprise
those of the old philosophy dis-
tribution requirement. These in-
clude introductory courses, ethics,
philosophical bases, of Commun-
ism, Fascism and Democracy, re-
ligion, contemporary philosophy
and philosophy of the arts.
New Requirement
The new natural science re-
quirement is structured similar to
the new humanities requirement.
In fulfilling the 12 hour require-
ment, a student must take a two-
semester laboratory sequence in
a physical science group or in a
biological, geological and other
sciences group and a one semester
lab or non-lab course in the other
Astronomy, physics and chem-
istry c o m p r i s e the physical
science group. Anthropology, as-
tronomy, botany, geology, miner-
alogy, physiology, psychology and
zoology are included in the second
The foreign language require-
ment may be met by demonstrat-;
ing a/four semester proficiency in
Chinese, French, German, Greek,
Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin,

Polish, Portugese, Russian, Serbo-
Croatian and Spanish.
Language Placement
Entering freshmen are given
language placement tests and are
placed in courses according to
their scores.
"A language course has two ob-
jectives; to developsthe essential
skills of speaking, understanding
and reading the language as a
preparation for - its use in profes-
,sional and civic affairs and to pro-
vide a general view of the culture
of the people whose native lan-
guage it is," the literary college
catalog says.
The 14-hour social science re-
quirement demands work in two
departments, including an eight-
hour sequence in one of them.
Human Relationships
"The social sciences are con-
cerned with human relationships.
These sciences assemble, correlate
and analyze information regard-
ing man's experience through
study of his relationship to his
environment, his efforts to main-
tain himself, his patterns for
group living and his regulation
and control of the social organi-
zation," the college catalog ex-
Courses in Asian studies, an-
thropology, college honors, eco-
nomics, geography, history, jour-
nalism, political science, psycho-

logy and sociology meet this re-
New courses and methods will
mark the English composition re-
quirement. Honor students must
take a new great books sequence
taught on a lecture-recitation
basis instead of the standard Eng-
lish composition courses. Exemp-
tions of the second semester of
this requirement, now granted to
students who show proficiency in
the first course, will not be grant-
ed to honors students taking this
Prepare New Method
The standard English composi-
tion courses will be taught two
ways. Eighteen sections of English
123, the first course, will be
taught on a lecture-recitation sec-
tion basis with the lectures deal-
ing with language and rhetoric.
The rest will be conducted on a
recitation section basis. The choice
of method is optional.
Twelve sections of English 124,
the second half of the sequence,
will also be taught on a lecture-
recitation section basis. This
course will deal with literature.
Again the choice is optional.
The mathematics half of the
eight-hour mathematics-philoso-
phy requirement still binds upper
class students. It may be met by
taking Mathematics 233 and 234,
or 103, 110, or 101 depending on
the student's background in the

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