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May 20, 2018

Old School

January 26, 2015

Depression Generation

Drake's Sandwich Shop was a popular student hangout during the 1930s, a time when the Great Depression tore a hole in the University of Michigan. 

January 19, 2015

Professor White’s diag

Sunlight filters through the trees of the Diag as a woman passes through in the 1930s. The trees that now grace Central Campus began with the efforts of Professor Andrew Dickson White in the mid-1800s.

January 12, 2015

School of Music

Eero Saarinen, who designed the School of Music, became ill and died before the school's completion in 1964, the year this photo was taken. Saarinen watched construction from his room in University Hospital. The building brought together school activities that had been spread over 13 buildings.

December 15, 2014

Preparing students

Jack L. Walker served as director of the Institute of Public Policy Studies from 1974-79. He encouraged faculty to take leaves of absence to serve government agencies. Walker said that when faculty members return, they see ways to improve the curriculum to better prepare students for entry into government.

December 8, 2014

UMS tradition

The University Choral Union performs Handel's "The Messiah" on Dec. 16, 1945, in Hill Auditorium.

November 24, 2014

Vintage high tech

The Michigan Digital Automatic Computer, pictured in 1954 at U-M’s Willow Run Research Center, was built the previous year with $500,000 of U.S. Air Force funds for Air Force research. It also was available to civilian industry.

November 17, 2014


Reflecting Progressive Era frustrations with government inefficiency and corruption, Jesse S. Reeves, chair of the U-M political science department, in 1925 proposes America’s first master’s in municipal administration degree.

November 10, 2014

Armistice Day

In November 1918, Ann Arbor residents threw a parade to celebrate the armistice ending World War I.

November 3, 2014


Valery Gergiev rehearses the Marinsky Orchestra in November 1998 at Hill Auditorium, from a main floor aisle. The orchestra returns in January for two performances and the Ford Honors Program.

October 27, 2014


A number of international students graduated in the municipal administration degree program in 1927, including Rudolfo Kawi Hidalgo, from Besao in the Philippines. Hidalgo, the son of a rice farmer, went on to represent his district in the Philippine legislature.