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Guided Tour of the Clements Library: Navigating Disability in 19th-Century America

May 6, 2022 and beyond

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Join the Clements Library for a guided tour to learn more about the Clements’ early American history collections, including a student-curated exhibit, “Navigating Disability in 19th-Century America.” Members of a combined undergraduate curated the four display cases in this exhibit and graduate course on disability history and literature to convey what it was like to be disabled in the United States before the modern category of “disability” existed. Together, the artifacts gathered from the Clements Library collections provide a glimpse of the cruelties, triumphs, and intimate acts of care that shaped the lives of people with disabilities in the past.

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