Bentley Historical Library

Bentley Historical  Library The Bentley serves as the official archives of the University of Michigan and documents the state of Michigan, its people, and organizations.
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The Bentley Historical Library was established in 1935 by the University of Michigan Regents to carry out two functions: to serve as the official archives of the University and to document the history of the state of Michigan and the activities of its people, organizations and voluntary associations. Originally sharing space with the Clements Library and then moving to the basement of the Rackham Building, library moved to its current building in 1972. The library is comprised of four divisions: the Michigan Historical Collections, the University Archives and Records Program, Digital Curation and Access and Reference Services. The library also manages the historic Detroit Observatory. Some seven decades after its founding, the library has amassed extensive holdings on the history of the state and the university, including more than 50,000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts, 90,000 printed volumes, 1.5 million photographs and other visual materials, over 10,000 maps and nearly 60 terabytes of digital content. The library's holdings are consulted by Michigan's citizens, the university's students, faculty, staff, alumni and administrators, scholars from across the nation and around the world, and others interested in the history of the state and the university.

University of Michigan Heritage Project
11/12/2019

University of Michigan Heritage Project

On this day in 1949, Ann Arbor kindergartner Eugene Waxman debuted as the Michigan Marching Band “drum minor.” Image: Ann Arbor District Library

On the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice ended the fighting along the Western Front of W...
11/11/2019

On the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice ended the fighting along the Western Front of World War I. In Ann Arbor, classes were canceled and people flooded the streets to celebrate.

U-M ROTC band escorting the football team to the train station for their trip to Harvard, November 6, 1930.
11/06/2019

U-M ROTC band escorting the football team to the train station for their trip to Harvard, November 6, 1930.

University of Michigan Heritage Project
11/05/2019

University of Michigan Heritage Project

On this day in 1962, the Rev. Martin Luther King spoke at the University of Michigan. Education, he said, "is being true to studies yet devoting oneself to a significant cause like integration." Image: Bentley Historical Library

The North Campus Turkeys are back! A rafter of turkeys have been spotted grazing (peacefully) outside the Bentley for th...
10/29/2019

The North Campus Turkeys are back! A rafter of turkeys have been spotted grazing (peacefully) outside the Bentley for the past few days. 🍂 🦃🦃🦃🍂

Fall leaves bring both joy and misery, depending on context.(Photo: U-M News circa 1985)
10/23/2019

Fall leaves bring both joy and misery, depending on context.

(Photo: U-M News circa 1985)

Robert Kalmbach took photographs for the University of Michigan for 47 years. We have thousands of his fantastic photos ...
10/22/2019

Robert Kalmbach took photographs for the University of Michigan for 47 years. We have thousands of his fantastic photos across many collections, including this photo from his 1987 exhibit "Kalmbach and Camera."

University of Michigan
10/18/2019

University of Michigan

Congratulations to the Michigan Solar Car team on a third-place finish in the World Solar Challenge this year. myumi.ch/7Z2QB

In 1993, the team’s car Maize and Blue carried them to the finish line of the Sunrayce. #ThrowbackThursday.

50 years ago, the Michigan Daily published a satirical review of the Beatles "Abbey Road" which presented (and elaborate...
10/15/2019

50 years ago, the Michigan Daily published a satirical review of the Beatles "Abbey Road" which presented (and elaborated) the infamous conspiracy theory about Paul McCartney.

Join the Bentley's Gary Krenz this Friday as he talks about the Detroit Observatory's past, present, and future at the d...
10/08/2019

Join the Bentley's Gary Krenz this Friday as he talks about the Detroit Observatory's past, present, and future at the downtown Ann Arbor District Library!

Washtenaw County Historical Society
10/08/2019

Washtenaw County Historical Society

1890-1910. This image is from Bernice G. Maynard, an Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Michigan resident. The collection includes glass negatives and prints of photographs of unidentified family groups and other people, of Palmer's Drugstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan, of people with bicycles, of a military unit and band, and of the Homoeopathic Hospital at the University of Michigan. (Bentley Historical Library)

Jessye Norman, the international opera star, dead at 74
10/01/2019
Jessye Norman, the international opera star, dead at 74

Jessye Norman, the international opera star, dead at 74

NEW YORK (AP) — Jessye Norman, the renowned international opera star whose passionate soprano voice won her four Grammy Awards and the National Medal of Arts, has died, according to family...

University of Michigan Heritage Project
09/25/2019
University of Michigan Heritage Project

University of Michigan Heritage Project

On this day in 1841, the first college students started classes at the University of Michigan - 24 years after the institution was founded.

A student scetches the Law Library in the autumn leaves.
09/24/2019

A student scetches the Law Library in the autumn leaves.

Today is the 50th anniversary of Bo Schembechler's debut as U-M football coach. The Wolverines defeated Vanderbilt 42-14...
09/20/2019

Today is the 50th anniversary of Bo Schembechler's debut as U-M football coach. The Wolverines defeated Vanderbilt 42-14 on September 20, 1969.

On this day in 1984: students camp out in the Michigan Union basement for Prince tickets. The Purple Rain Tour began wit...
09/19/2019

On this day in 1984: students camp out in the Michigan Union basement for Prince tickets.

The Purple Rain Tour began with 7 shows at Joe Louis Arena in November 1984.
(Photo via Michian Daily Digital Database)

(Photo via Michigan Daily Digital Archive).

A successful attempt at the second annual Egg Drop Contest of the Society of Engineering Science, 1980. 11 students from...
09/17/2019

A successful attempt at the second annual Egg Drop Contest of the Society of Engineering Science, 1980. 11 students from different engineering disciplines hurled egg-laden contraptions from the third floor fire escape of the West Engineering building.
(Photo via Michigan Daily Digital Archive)

Alumni Association of the University of Michigan
09/11/2019

Alumni Association of the University of Michigan

#NeverForget 🇺🇸

(📷: instagram.com/umich_photography)

University of Michigan
09/10/2019

University of Michigan

This summer, the Diag’s famous Block M got a facelift for the first time since 1997, when it was first set in granite. #ThrowbackThursday

University of Michigan Heritage Project
09/05/2019

University of Michigan Heritage Project

This week in campus history ... the Michigan League was a work in progress in 1928. #ThrowbackThursday

Good news, everyone! The Bentley will be open on Saturdays from 9AM to 1PM starting this weekend.
09/04/2019

Good news, everyone! The Bentley will be open on Saturdays from 9AM to 1PM starting this weekend.

Welcome back U-M students!
09/03/2019

Welcome back U-M students!

University of Michigan
08/30/2019

University of Michigan

Move-in Tip: Get by with a little help from your friends. 🛋 #ThrowbackThursday #MoveInHoMe

Registering for classes can really take it out of you. (📸: U-M News,1986)
08/28/2019

Registering for classes can really take it out of you.

(📸: U-M News,1986)

The Bentley Historical Library will be closed on Monday, September 2 in observance of Labor Day.
08/27/2019

The Bentley Historical Library will be closed on Monday, September 2 in observance of Labor Day.

$100,000 in damages, and one $9.55 fine charged to a man who drove his truck over the fire hose. The fire was covered in...
08/22/2019

$100,000 in damages, and one $9.55 fine charged to a man who drove his truck over the fire hose.

The fire was covered in the March 6, 1931 Michigan Daily: https://digital.bentley.umich.edu/midaily/mdp.39015071755883/123

Throwback Thursday. Woolworth store fire, Main Street, Ann Arbor, March 1931 Bentley Historical Library

A cat decided to take a nap in the Bentley courtyard this morning. We decided to name it Alvin (or Alvina).
08/20/2019

A cat decided to take a nap in the Bentley courtyard this morning. We decided to name it Alvin (or Alvina).

University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
08/18/2019

University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Throwback to Central Campus circa 1930.

Photo from the Bentley Historical Library.

The 50th Ann Arbor Blues Festival will be held this weekend. Michigan Daily photographers where there in 1969 to capture...
08/14/2019

The 50th Ann Arbor Blues Festival will be held this weekend. Michigan Daily photographers where there in 1969 to capture the inaugural event.

08/09/2019
University of Michigan

University of Michigan

Only 23 days until Michigan Football takes the field! These final weeks of summer are always filled with so much excitement and anticipation.
Enjoy some preseason camp footage from 1927 to help tide you over. #ThrowbackThursday #GoBlue.

Congratulations to Melissa Hernandez Duran and Jeremy Evans for winning Society of American Archivists Best Article of t...
08/07/2019

Congratulations to Melissa Hernandez Duran and Jeremy Evans for winning Society of American Archivists Best Article of the Year award based on their work here at the Bentley! We are so proud.

"The past can be more liberating than the future if you are willing to identify its evasions, its distortions, its lies,...
08/06/2019

"The past can be more liberating than the future if you are willing to identify its evasions, its distortions, its lies, and unleash its secrets and its truth.

So I want to wish you not only the brightest of futures but also the best of pasts. "

-Toni Morrison at the U-M graduate commencement ceremony, 5/2/1992. Rest in Peace.

University of Michigan
08/02/2019

University of Michigan

The University of Michigan Biological Station provides the picture-perfect location for students to explore their interests in ecology, biology, and earth science. #ThrowbackThursday

U-M's 500 watt radio station, WAXZ, 1934. It was used to maintain contact with the University's summer camps in Wyoming,...
07/30/2019

U-M's 500 watt radio station, WAXZ, 1934.

It was used to maintain contact with the University's summer camps in Wyoming, Kentucky, and northern Michigan, and with U-M groups abroad. It was also available for instruction and research.

07/25/2019
University of Michigan

University of Michigan

Summer camp means arts and crafts, afternoons by the lake, and songs around the campfire at night.

At the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan's Camp Michigania, it means doing all of the above with fellow #Wolverine alumni and their families. #ThrowbackThursday

To learn about Camp Michigania’s history, visit: myumi.ch/E33xX

The University of Michigan Regents knew James B. Angell was the right person for the job, but the negotiation to get him...
07/24/2019
Negotiating Angell | Michigan Today

The University of Michigan Regents knew James B. Angell was the right person for the job, but the negotiation to get him to Ann Arbor cost them more than they bargained for.

In late summer 1869, three University of Michigan Regents boarded a train and headed east to Burlington, Vt. The men had been assigned to a special committee whose singular purpose was to persuade James B. Angell, then-president of the University of Vermont, to move to Michigan and become U-M’s pr...

Alumni Association of the University of Michigan
07/23/2019
Alumni Association of the University of Michigan

Alumni Association of the University of Michigan

Ever wonder how the brass M on the Diag or the Cube in Regents’ Plaza came to be? Get the story behind these -- and other -- class gifts on campus.

Setting up for the 1980 Ann Arbor Street Art Fair.
07/17/2019

Setting up for the 1980 Ann Arbor Street Art Fair.

Second Boulevard in Detroit during the 1941 transit strike. (📸 via G. Donald Kennedy papers)
07/16/2019

Second Boulevard in Detroit during the 1941 transit strike.

(📸 via G. Donald Kennedy papers)

Martin Luther King, Jr. leads the Walk to Freedom along Woodward Ave, June 23, 1963.(From the C. L. Franklin collection)
07/10/2019

Martin Luther King, Jr. leads the Walk to Freedom along Woodward Ave, June 23, 1963.

(From the C. L. Franklin collection)

Students grilling at Latin Student welcoming picnic, 1995
07/09/2019

Students grilling at Latin Student welcoming picnic, 1995

University of Michigan
07/05/2019

University of Michigan

Fireworks and a light show set North Campus aglow during the dedication of Lurie Tower in July 1997. #ThrowbackThursday

The diag on an idyllic summer day, 1955.
07/03/2019

The diag on an idyllic summer day, 1955.

University of Michigan
06/28/2019

University of Michigan

Frolicking in Cooley Fountain on a warm summer’s day, Tom Harmon and actress Anita Louise spend an afternoon on Ingalls Mall. #ThrowbackThursday

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1150 Beal Ave
Ann Arbor, MI
48109-2113

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Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
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Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 13:00

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