University of Michigan, William L. Clements Library


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Short Introduction

'The photographic collections of the Clements Library document the cultural and historical dimensions of American photography from its earliest days in the 1840s through to the present. Rather than representing solely the fine art tradition in photographic practice, the Currier-McCombs Division actively seeks out the work of amateur and professional practitioners. The collections are particularly valuable for researchers pursuing the study of American visual culture and self-representation, but also for those seeking graphic documentation of American lives and landscapes.

Since its founding in 1991, the Library's Photographic Division has grown to over 70,000 images, and now includes several hundred photograph albums, photographic books, reference works, and related materials.'

The Muybridge collections here hold within them an album of 84 albumen prints of the home of Robert and Kate Johnson, 19 stereographs of Panama, 1 Yosemite print and 1 Animal Locomotion gravure print.

Past Exhibitions

Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change. Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Tate Britain, London, San Francisco Museum of Art, 2010-2011

Online Presence

Mirlyn Catalogue

Collection Items:

Photographic Material

Prints: 105


Books by Muybridge: 3

Books concerning Muybridge: 2

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909 S. University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190, USA

Phone: +1 734-764-2347

Fax: +1 734-647-0716


Lead Contact:
Clayton Lewis, Curator of Graphic Materials(

Open Hours:
Reading room: Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 4:45 pm; Exhibit hall: 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm ; Closed major holidays

Accessibility of Muybridge Collections to Public:
No permanent Muybridge displays. Materials available to registered researchers in reading room.