Nancy Bartlett named Bentley Historical Library interim director


An archivist who has worked in various roles at the Bentley Historical Library for more than three decades has been named the library’s interim director.

Nancy Bartlett will start in the position Sept. 1. She will serve as interim director until a permanent director is appointed to succeed Terrence McDonald, who plans to step down at the end of August to return to the LSA faculty.

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Nancy Bartlett

A nine-member advisory committee of faculty members, staff members and a graduate student was appointed in March to assist with the search for the next director.

Bartlett is deeply familiar with not only the library, but the university itself. She has two degrees from U-M and serves as the Bentley’s associate director.

“She is a gifted administrator and is uniquely qualified to serve the Bentley Historical Library in the role of interim director,” Laurie K. McCauley, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, and Michael Solomon, Rackham Graduate School dean and vice provost for academic affairs, wrote to the Board of Regents in recommending Bartlett for the position.

Bartlett earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1979 and her Master of Arts degree in 1983 from U-M.

She joined the Bentley in 1985 as the head archivist of access and reference. She held that position until 1998, when she became head archivist in the University Archives and Records Program.

In 2013, Bartlett was named the library’s acting associate director. She assumed that position permanently in July 2014 and continues to hold it today, along with the position of archivist. She was acting director of the library in winter 2018 and summer 2019.

Bartlett administered the Bentley’s annual internship program for graduate students from the French Institut national du patrimoine from 1992 to 2012. She also was administrator of the Joint Seminar on Archival Methods, an annual exchange program administered by the State Archives Administration of China and the Bentley Historical Library, from 1999 to 2015.

Bartlett has served since 2004 on various university committees.



  1. Sarah McNitt
    on August 3, 2022 at 10:14 am

    Congratulations, Nancy!

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