The Clements EAD project began in 2007 as a class project by School of Information students Catalina Oyler and Sarah Walch. The goal of the project is to create EAD format finding aids for the Library's former HTML format finding aids and to create new finding aids for the division's unprocessed collections.

The initial phase of the project entailed the conversion of over 200 finding aids from HTML to EAD format. The Clements Library Manuscripts Division EAD site officially launched in April 2008.

In 2009, the manuscripts division received a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the "We the People" project to catalog many of the Clements Library's most significant manuscript collections. The finding aids created by this grant may be found by searching the site for "NEH."

In 2011, the manuscripts division received a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to create 1,536 based EAD descriptions of manuscript collections. The finding aids created by this grant may be found by searching the site for "NHPRC."

The Clements Library EAD project has only been possible with the help of many individuals throughout the University of Michigan Library system. Those who have helped with the project include: