Bentley Historical Library

  1. June 20, 2022

    U-M Black student database through 1970 is now public

    A new public database of African American students created by U-M documents students who attended U-M between 1853 and as recently as 1970.

  2. March 30, 2022

    Detroit Observatory reopens with new educational potential

    After a three-year expansion project, the Detroit Observatory is ready for the U-M community and public to again explore the stars. An April 8 symposium will feature the observatory’s past, present and future.

  3. March 28, 2022

    Bentley launches African American Student Project

    The Bentley Historical Library has launched a long-term project dedicated to highlighting the history of African Americans at U-M. The centerpiece is a database lof every African American student enrolled between 1853-1956.

  4. March 28, 2022

    Committee named to aid search for next Bentley director

    A nine-member advisory committee of faculty members, staff members and a graduate student has been named to assist with the search for the next director of the Bentley Historical Library.

  5. January 24, 2022

    Library taking steps to remediate harmful metadata language

    The U-M Library, the William L. Clements Library, and the Bentley Historical Library are working to remediate harmful language in the metadata.

  6. November 15, 2021

    Bentley online exhibit explores the rich story of Willis Ward

    An online exhibit at the Bentley Historical Library addresses the infamous benching of Willis Ward during a 1934 football game within a broader context of Ward’s family, community, campus and career.

  7. July 6, 2021

    Bentley’s COVID-19 collection offers varied look at pandemic

    Launched in April 2020, the Bentley Historical Library’s COVID-19 collection includes 265 digital items from more than 150 donors, and archivists are still collecting submissions.

  8. November 9, 2020

    Obituary — James William Craven

    James William Craven (“Jim”) was born Oct. 17, 1931, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and died there at his home on Sept. 17, 2020. In 1949, he entered an apprenticeship at the U-M Bindery, beginning more than 62 years of employment with the university.

  9. May 11, 2020

    Bentley Library seeks to archive U-M’s pandemic experiences

    The Bentley Historical Library, well known for its archives chronicling the history of the state of Michigan and U-M, recently launched an effort to collect the varied COVID-19 experiences of students, staff and faculty.

  10. December 9, 2019

    New history portal explores stories of U-M’s varied past

    A doorway to U-M’s past is wide open with the launch of the History of U-M website, a new online history portal that explores the university’s impact throughout the decades.