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April 28, 2017

Old School

February 9, 2015

A tradition never broken

The Potawatomi chief Metea was one of the Native Americans who signed the 1817 Treaty of Fort Meigs, which provided a gift of land to the fledgling "University of Michigania."

February 2, 2015

Ready to open

Past University Musical Society President Gail Rector in 1971 stands on stage with technicians at the Power Center for the Performing Arts, just before the center opens for the first time. 

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.