University of Michigan
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August 17, 2017

Old School

March 17, 2014

Student Room, 1902

Students gather in the spring of 1902 at a room at 517 Washington St.

February 24, 2014

Black history milestone

Alvin D. Loving in 1956 became the first African-American faculty member to teach University of Michigan students at UM-Flint. He later joined the Ann Arbor campus faculty and served as assistant dean of the School of Education.

February 17, 2014

Opening ceremonies first

USA Hockey officials said former Wolverine Jack Johnson was the first-ever American National Hockey League player to participate in the opening ceremonies for an Olympics.

February 10, 2014

The last engineer

Staff member Russell Hurst drives the coal train in 1955. Hurst was the last engineer to serve the University of Michigan Railroad.

February 3, 2014

New president

Harlan Hatcher, newly invested president of the University of Michigan, is congratulated by Regent Roscoe Bonisteel in 1951. 

January 27, 2014


Author Kurt Vonnegut appears at a January 1969 program at Canterbury House on Maynard Street, just west of Nickels Arcade.

January 20, 2014

Janitor and bell ringer

William Bliss Jolly spent 10 years working as a janitor and bell ringer for U-M in the mid-1800s, but he dressed more like a statesman than a janitor. 

January 13, 2014

MLK at U-M

In November 1962, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke from the stage at Hill Auditorium to an audience. He also spoke before a small gathering at the Michigan Union during his visit to campus.

December 16, 2013

Boiler Rats

The Central Power Plant was erected in 1914. Coal was delivered to the plant by a small locomotive towing a coal car and was shoveled by hand by staff members known as stokers or “boiler rats.”

December 9, 2013

Missing statue

This plaster cast of the Winged Victory of Samothrace was exhibited in Alumni Memorial Hall through the 1920s, then relocated to University High School, now the School of Education building. It was reported missing in the 1960s.