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.

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

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

Operating as usual

A rainy day on campus: beautiful to behold, awful to walk through.📸 U-M News and Info collection, circa 1983.
10/25/2021

A rainy day on campus: beautiful to behold, awful to walk through.

📸 U-M News and Info collection, circa 1983.

A rainy day on campus: beautiful to behold, awful to walk through.

📸 U-M News and Info collection, circa 1983.

87 years ago today, Willis Ward was held out of U-M's football game against Georgia Tech. Not for an injury or suspensio...
10/20/2021

87 years ago today, Willis Ward was held out of U-M's football game against Georgia Tech. Not for an injury or suspension, but because he was Black.

Ward’s rich and interesting legacy goes far beyond one football game. You can read more about him through the Bentley’s new online exhibit, “More than the Game.” : https://myumi.ch/jxpOK

87 years ago today, Willis Ward was held out of U-M's football game against Georgia Tech. Not for an injury or suspension, but because he was Black.

Ward’s rich and interesting legacy goes far beyond one football game. You can read more about him through the Bentley’s new online exhibit, “More than the Game.” : https://myumi.ch/jxpOK

Join us this Thursday at 7PM for a discussion about the Bentley's new U-M Football Films database. Register for free her...
10/12/2021

Join us this Thursday at 7PM for a discussion about the Bentley's new U-M Football Films database.

Register for free here: https://myumi.ch/Axwke

Join us this Thursday at 7PM for a discussion about the Bentley's new U-M Football Films database.

Register for free here: https://myumi.ch/Axwke

Dr. Francis Collins, former head of the Human Genome Project and director of the National Institute of Health, holding a...
10/06/2021

Dr. Francis Collins, former head of the Human Genome Project and director of the National Institute of Health, holding a needle amid a large stack of hay.

Collins was a professor at U-M from 1984 until 1993, when he left to oversee the project to map out the human genome.

Collins often used the needle-haystack metaphor when talking about the difficulties of finding individual genes, since a needle doesn't look like hay, but genes look the same as any other section of DNA.

Yesterday it was reported Collins will step down from as director of the NIH, although he plans to continue his research.

Dr. Francis Collins, former head of the Human Genome Project and director of the National Institute of Health, holding a needle amid a large stack of hay.

Collins was a professor at U-M from 1984 until 1993, when he left to oversee the project to map out the human genome.

Collins often used the needle-haystack metaphor when talking about the difficulties of finding individual genes, since a needle doesn't look like hay, but genes look the same as any other section of DNA.

Yesterday it was reported Collins will step down from as director of the NIH, although he plans to continue his research.

"Great game - you should have been here"Postcard from the 1905  Michigan- Wisconsin football game, featuring the team ca...
10/02/2021

"Great game - you should have been here"

Postcard from the 1905 Michigan- Wisconsin football game, featuring the team captains.

"Great game - you should have been here"

Postcard from the 1905 Michigan- Wisconsin football game, featuring the team captains.

September on the Diag looking towards the Hatcher Library, 1983.
09/16/2021

September on the Diag looking towards the Hatcher Library, 1983.

September on the Diag looking towards the Hatcher Library, 1983.

09/04/2021
U-M Football vs WMU, 1943

Only 14,008 people were at the Big House to see U-M football play Western Michigan on September 25, 1943. But the game must have been quite the entertaining diversion from a world in crisis. Michigan won by a score of 57-6.

You can see the full game here: https://myumi.ch/wlkjk
More information on the game, including the handwritten box score, are in the Bentley's Football Films database here: https://myumi.ch/51kZp

Welcome back, UMich students!📸: Move-in day, circa 1986 via the U-M News and Info collection
08/26/2021

Welcome back, UMich students!

📸: Move-in day, circa 1986 via the U-M News and Info collection

Welcome back, UMich students!

📸: Move-in day, circa 1986 via the U-M News and Info collection

We are pleased to announce that the Bentley will be open to the public by appointment beginning Monday, August 30!If you...
08/25/2021
Bentley Access Updates | Bentley Historical Library

We are pleased to announce that the Bentley will be open to the public by appointment beginning Monday, August 30!

If you are a researcher and want to make an appointment, please read our full announcement here: https://myumi.ch/7ZP4A

Beginning August 30, 2021, the Bentley Historical Library will be open by appointment to the public. Please see our full announcement here.

The beautiful Rackham Amphitheater, circa 1940.📸: U-M Photographs Vertical Files
08/20/2021

The beautiful Rackham Amphitheater, circa 1940.

📸: U-M Photographs Vertical Files

The beautiful Rackham Amphitheater, circa 1940.

📸: U-M Photographs Vertical Files

#TBT when William DeHart Hubbard became the first American Black athlete to win an individual gold medal when he won the...
07/29/2021

#TBT when William DeHart Hubbard became the first American Black athlete to win an individual gold medal when he won the long jump at the 1924 Paris Olympics.⁠

At U-M, Hubbard was a track phenom, winning three NCAA and seven Big Ten championships.⁠

#TBT when William DeHart Hubbard became the first American Black athlete to win an individual gold medal when he won the long jump at the 1924 Paris Olympics.⁠

At U-M, Hubbard was a track phenom, winning three NCAA and seven Big Ten championships.⁠

We would like to thank all of our donors that make the work we do at the Bentley possible.Sara Fitzgerald, the first fem...
07/20/2021

We would like to thank all of our donors that make the work we do at the Bentley possible.

Sara Fitzgerald, the first female editor of The Michigan Daily, used Bentley collections and the Michigan Daily Digital Database to write her most recent book: Conquering Heroines: How Women Fought S*x Bias at Michigan and Paved the Way for Title IX.

The Book tells the story of how a group of determined women demanded accountability and action from U-M at a time when the university was reluctant to admit that gender discrimination was an issue.

In her acknowledgments, Sara specifically thanks the donor generosity that created the online Daily and made so much of her research possible.

Thanks to our donors, the Bentley is able to give researchers more access to history online, making primary sources available anytime, anywhere.

We would like to thank all of our donors that make the work we do at the Bentley possible.

Sara Fitzgerald, the first female editor of The Michigan Daily, used Bentley collections and the Michigan Daily Digital Database to write her most recent book: Conquering Heroines: How Women Fought S*x Bias at Michigan and Paved the Way for Title IX.

The Book tells the story of how a group of determined women demanded accountability and action from U-M at a time when the university was reluctant to admit that gender discrimination was an issue.

In her acknowledgments, Sara specifically thanks the donor generosity that created the online Daily and made so much of her research possible.

Thanks to our donors, the Bentley is able to give researchers more access to history online, making primary sources available anytime, anywhere.

The Ann Arbor Art Fair is back! ...along with the traditional traffic congestion and rain storms. This photo is from the...
07/15/2021

The Ann Arbor Art Fair is back! ...along with the traditional traffic congestion and rain storms.

This photo is from the July 1988 Art Fair via the Michigan Daily, but a poncho'd artist battening down their booth in the rain could be from any year, really.

The Ann Arbor Art Fair is back! ...along with the traditional traffic congestion and rain storms.

This photo is from the July 1988 Art Fair via the Michigan Daily, but a poncho'd artist battening down their booth in the rain could be from any year, really.

Photographer Eck Stanger spent his over 50-year career documenting life in Ann Arbor, from U-M football games to epic sn...
07/08/2021

Photographer Eck Stanger spent his over 50-year career documenting life in Ann Arbor, from U-M football games to epic snow storms. Some of Stanger’s enduring photos captured lost Ann Arbor traditions, like this soap-box derby from July, 1936.

Stanger’s photos crop up in many collections in the Bentley, including his own.

Photographer Eck Stanger spent his over 50-year career documenting life in Ann Arbor, from U-M football games to epic snow storms. Some of Stanger’s enduring photos captured lost Ann Arbor traditions, like this soap-box derby from July, 1936.

Stanger’s photos crop up in many collections in the Bentley, including his own.

The 1996 dedication of North Campus's Lurie Tower happened in October, but the fireworks were worthy of the 4th of July....
07/05/2021

The 1996 dedication of North Campus's Lurie Tower happened in October, but the fireworks were worthy of the 4th of July. 🎉💥

The 1996 dedication of North Campus's Lurie Tower happened in October, but the fireworks were worthy of the 4th of July. 🎉💥

The Pavilion, an extension to the original University hospital built in 1876. The Pavilion also happens to be the name o...
06/24/2021

The Pavilion, an extension to the original University hospital built in 1876.

The Pavilion also happens to be the name of the new Michigan Medicine hospital slated to open in 2025.

The names are the same, but the dress codes will be different. Probably.

The Pavilion, an extension to the original University hospital built in 1876.

The Pavilion also happens to be the name of the new Michigan Medicine hospital slated to open in 2025.

The names are the same, but the dress codes will be different. Probably.

The Bentley Historical Library is pleased to announce that game film from 55 years of Michigan Football has been digitiz...
06/21/2021

The Bentley Historical Library is pleased to announce that game film from 55 years of Michigan Football has been digitized.

And you can watch it for free online! Check it out here:
https://myumi.ch/51kZp

Currently, there are 420 games from 1930 to 1986 available for viewing through the Bentley’s Digital Media Library (BDML).

The access page also provides a link to full Michigan team rosters for each season as well as links to The Michigan Daily and Michigan Alumnus magazine coverage for each game. The box score and play-by-play rundown are also provided when available.

The Bentley Historical Library is pleased to announce that game film from 55 years of Michigan Football has been digitized.

And you can watch it for free online! Check it out here:
https://myumi.ch/51kZp

Currently, there are 420 games from 1930 to 1986 available for viewing through the Bentley’s Digital Media Library (BDML).

The access page also provides a link to full Michigan team rosters for each season as well as links to The Michigan Daily and Michigan Alumnus magazine coverage for each game. The box score and play-by-play rundown are also provided when available.

In 1923, Talbert Abrams and his wife Leota Pearl Fry founded the Aerial Survey Corporation in Lansing, Michigan. The com...
06/10/2021
From the Top | Bentley Historical Library

In 1923, Talbert Abrams and his wife Leota Pearl Fry founded the Aerial Survey Corporation in Lansing, Michigan.

The company conducted aerial mapping all over the world for governments and businesses and—you guessed it—universities.

From the latest issue of Collections: https://bentley.umich.edu/news-events/magazine/from-the-top/

The Bentley Historical Library is open by appointment only for U-M faculty, students, and staff. Please see our full announcement here.

06/02/2021

The University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts of Afroamerican & African Studies may be small, but it has a big impact, both nationally & globally. Help us in celebrating 50 years of student activism & nurturing connections by taking a look inside the celebratory piece from the Spring 2021 LSA Magazine. myumi.ch/erojn

On June 22, 1946, the University of Michigan held a combination graduation and reunion weekend. Upwards of 5,000 alumni ...
05/31/2021
U-M’s Victory Reunion | Bentley Historical Library

On June 22, 1946, the University of Michigan held a combination graduation and reunion weekend.

Upwards of 5,000 alumni cam back to campus to mark a new era in the University’s history, and to honor the men and women who served so bravely in the war.

Read about the Victory Reunion here: https://bentley.umich.edu/news-events/news/u-ms-victory-reunion/

The Bentley Historical Library is open by appointment only for U-M faculty, students, and staff. Please see our full announcement here.

There is a long history of student-led racial justice movements at U-M. The recently archived and digitized collection o...
05/25/2021
Reigniting the Racial Justice Movement | History of the University of Michigan

There is a long history of student-led racial justice movements at U-M. The recently archived and digitized collection of Austin McCoy helps preserve one of the latest chapters - the Being Black at Michigan (#BBUM) campaign.

https://historyofum.umich.edu/being-black-at-u-m-2/

Austin McCoy ignited a social justice movement at U-M & beyond, fighting for diversity at the University. Read about his legacy here.

Jim Toy, pioneering LGBTQ+ activist, was awarded by U-M an honorary degree of doctor of humane letters earlier this mont...
05/13/2021
Pride and Prejudice | Bentley Historical Library

Jim Toy, pioneering LGBTQ+ activist, was awarded by U-M an honorary degree of doctor of humane letters earlier this month. ⁠

“Receiving the honor of such a degree brings with it an obligation and responsibility to work for social justice and equity,"⁠ Toy said in his recorded acceptance speech.

Toy, likely the first person in Michigan to publicly come out as gay, co-founded U-M's Human S*xuality Office (now Spectrum Center) in 1971. ⁠

Read more about Toy's life and work here: https://bentley.umich.edu/news-events/magazine/pride-and-prejudice/

The Bentley Historical Library is open by appointment only for U-M faculty, students, and staff. Please see our full announcement here.

Foresters: Assemble!The forestry class of 1912 gather their pack train on its way to camp.
05/07/2021

Foresters: Assemble!

The forestry class of 1912 gather their pack train on its way to camp.

Foresters: Assemble!

The forestry class of 1912 gather their pack train on its way to camp.

Maypole at May Day Party held on grounds of Martha Cook Residence, 26 May 1928
05/05/2021

Maypole at May Day Party held on grounds of Martha Cook Residence, 26 May 1928

Maypole at May Day Party held on grounds of Martha Cook Residence, 26 May 1928

Juwan Howard and Jimmy King at the the Big House for the 1995 U-M Commencement.⁠ #MGoGrad
04/30/2021

Juwan Howard and Jimmy King at the the Big House for the 1995 U-M Commencement.⁠ #MGoGrad

Juwan Howard and Jimmy King at the the Big House for the 1995 U-M Commencement.⁠ #MGoGrad

The class of 1912 enjoying their Commencement Procession through the Diag.#TBT #MGoGrad
04/29/2021

The class of 1912 enjoying their Commencement Procession through the Diag.

#TBT #MGoGrad

The class of 1912 enjoying their Commencement Procession through the Diag.

#TBT #MGoGrad

Vice President Walter Mondale during his commencement address in May, 1978. The Vice President was given an honorary doc...
04/21/2021

Vice President Walter Mondale during his commencement address in May, 1978. The Vice President was given an honorary doctor of laws degree.

Mr. Mondale extolled the virtues of institutions like U-M, saying the country will "languish unless we apply what we have learned in schools like this."

Vice President Walter Mondale during his commencement address in May, 1978. The Vice President was given an honorary doctor of laws degree.

Mr. Mondale extolled the virtues of institutions like U-M, saying the country will "languish unless we apply what we have learned in schools like this."

The great bygone annual #UMich tradition - pillow fights.Each year the graduating classes competed in giant tug-of-wars,...
04/14/2021

The great bygone annual #UMich tradition - pillow fights.

Each year the graduating classes competed in giant tug-of-wars, push ball, and of course sawhorse pillow fights.

This contest took place in April 1931 between the freshman and sophomore classes, photographed by student Gary Muffly.

The great bygone annual #UMich tradition - pillow fights.

Each year the graduating classes competed in giant tug-of-wars, push ball, and of course sawhorse pillow fights.

This contest took place in April 1931 between the freshman and sophomore classes, photographed by student Gary Muffly.

Looking east through Nickels Arcade, circa 1930.Nickels Arcade, your 1-stop shop for book rentals, ice cream, and secret...
03/31/2021

Looking east through Nickels Arcade, circa 1930.

Nickels Arcade, your 1-stop shop for book rentals, ice cream, and secretarial school.

Looking east through Nickels Arcade, circa 1930.

Nickels Arcade, your 1-stop shop for book rentals, ice cream, and secretarial school.

Students crossing in front of the Union, 1947
03/29/2021

Students crossing in front of the Union, 1947

Students crossing in front of the Union, 1947

1903 U-M Women's Basketball team, photo via the Michiganensian.Basketball has changed quite a bit since this team took t...
03/26/2021

1903 U-M Women's Basketball team, photo via the Michiganensian.

Basketball has changed quite a bit since this team took the court, but maybe both the WBB and MBB team could use the "sitting on your teammate's shoulder" strategy in this weekend's Sweet Sixteen games?

1903 U-M Women's Basketball team, photo via the Michiganensian.

Basketball has changed quite a bit since this team took the court, but maybe both the WBB and MBB team could use the "sitting on your teammate's shoulder" strategy in this weekend's Sweet Sixteen games?

This Giving Blueday you can help bring more of the Bentley into the digital age. We want to upload more of our collectio...
03/10/2021

This Giving Blueday you can help bring more of the Bentley into the digital age. We want to upload more of our collections online, making them accessible to everyone, no matter where you are.

Every dollar counts when it comes to digitization. Projects like the Michigan Daily Digital Archive, the Bentley Image Bank, and our Digital Media Library would not be possible without the support of our donors.

Make Michigan History this Giving Blueday and give to the Bentley Digitization fund here: https://myumi.ch/7ZnBB

This Giving Blueday you can help bring more of the Bentley into the digital age. We want to upload more of our collections online, making them accessible to everyone, no matter where you are.

Every dollar counts when it comes to digitization. Projects like the Michigan Daily Digital Archive, the Bentley Image Bank, and our Digital Media Library would not be possible without the support of our donors.

Make Michigan History this Giving Blueday and give to the Bentley Digitization fund here: https://myumi.ch/7ZnBB

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