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July 22, 2019

Old School

September 19, 2016

First classes in Ann Arbor

The first classes in Ann Arbor, after the university relocated from Detroit, took place 175 years ago on Sept. 25, 1841. Mason Hall, first known as the University Building, the first university building devoted to instruction.

September 12, 2016

Pretty good, man

Horace Prettyman never lost a game as a U-M football captain from 1884-86. He was a member of eight varsity teams beginning in 1882, and was part of the university’s first racially integrated team in 1890. 

September 6, 2016


Members of the U-M community gather Sept. 11, 2001, on the Diag following terrorist attacks on the United States earlier that day.

July 11, 2016

Dr. Dock

Dr. George Dock, with percussion hammer, demonstrates proper procedure in an amphitheater-style classroom in 1898, in the Medical School.

June 20, 2016

Diag scene

A man holds his bicycle next to class of 1862 boulder in the U-M Diag, circa 1890-1910. The boulder originally stood near Old Haven Hall, just north of Angell Hall.

June 6, 2016

Olympic tradition

One of the strongest Michigan Athletics traditions is its Olympic tradition. U-M has had medal winners in every Summer Olympics except 1896 and gold medalists in all but four Summer Olympiads. One is Jennifer Brundage, current softball assistant coach and two-time Olympian.

May 23, 2016

Put me in coach

The 1929 U-M baseball team poses for a photo.

May 2, 2016

Advancing vaccines

Under the direction of Dr. Thomas Francis, U-M conducted clinical trials in 1954 that confirmed the effectiveness of the polio vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk. The discovery helped to end one of the major medical scourges of the 20th century.

April 25, 2016


Robben Fleming walks with demonstrators in April 1988, as he returned to U-M to briefly serve as interim president. 

April 18, 2016

En garde

The University of Michigan Women's Fencing Club poses for a 1930 photo.