U-M Heritage

  1. October 25, 2021 Already flourishing with students, professors and facilities, U-M was also determined to be the state's agricultural school. It was a headiness that would fuel heated rhetoric and an animated rivalry that continues today between U-M and the school that prevailed as the agricultural school, Michigan State University.

    Seeds of discontent

    Already flourishing with students, professors and facilities, U-M was also determined to be the state’s agricultural school. It was a headiness that would fuel heated rhetoric and an animated rivalry that continues today between U-M and the school that prevailed as the agricultural school, Michigan State University.

    Read a summary of this story
  2. October 18, 2021 With the United States on the brink of war in 1941 and visions of the devastation wrought by the influenza pandemic during the first world war, U-M virologist Tommy Francis was assigned a monumental task. He had to advise the Army on healthy housing and sanitation, treat flu outbreaks and develop a vaccine.

    The first flu shot

    With the United States on the brink of war in 1941 and visions of the devastation wrought by the influenza pandemic during the first world war, U-M virologist Tommy Francis was assigned a monumental task. He had to advise the Army on healthy housing and sanitation, treat flu outbreaks and develop, test, manufacture and administer a vaccine.

    Read a summary of this story
  3. October 11, 2021 Alexander Ruthven and Margaret White

    ‘Our linked lives’

    Alexander Ruthven and Margaret White met as professor and student in 1923. Ruthven became president at U-M, and White became a nationally renowned photographer. Their friendship lasted 50 years.

    Read a summary of this story
  4. October 4, 2021 She was the first tenured professor of astronomy at U-M, officially Michigan's only Homecoming Queen for Life and for many years presided over the coin toss before football games. Professor Hazel Losh — known by most as Doc Losh — just might have been the most popular teacher in the university's history.

    Doc Losh

    She was the first tenured professor of astronomy at U-M, officially Michigan’s only Homecoming Queen for Life and for many years presided over the coin toss before football games. Professor Hazel Losh — known by most as Doc Losh — might have been the most popular teacher in U-M history.

    Read a summary of this story
  5. September 27, 2021 Sarah Burger was 21 years old in 1858 when she prepared a letter saying she and 11 other women desired to enroll at the University of Michigan. Later that year, the regents voted unanimously against women on campus. It would be another 11 years before U-M opened its doors to women. 

    No admittance

    Sarah Burger was 21 years old in 1858 when she prepared a letter saying she and 11 other women desired to enroll at the University of Michigan. Later that year, the regents voted unanimously against women on campus. It would be another 11 years before U-M opened its doors to women. 

    Read a summary of this story
  6. September 20, 2021 Mary Henrietta Graham

    Of splendid ability

    When she stepped foot on the Michigan campus in September 1876, Mary Henrietta Graham became the first Black woman to attend the university. Her senior year, Professor Alexander Winchell published a book claiming Black people were inferior.

    Read a summary of this story
  7. September 13, 2021 Long before Shakey Jake roamed Ann Arbor, students at U-M conducted affairs of the heart with a series of men who took on the status of human landmarks. One after another, they came to symbolize their eras in campus history. The first was Pat Kelly, who made his appearance in campus lore at the very start.

    Campus characters

    Long before Shakey Jake roamed Ann Arbor, students at U-M conducted affairs of the heart with a series of men who took on the status of human landmarks. One after another, they came to symbolize their eras in campus history.

    Read a summary of this story
  8. September 7, 2021 Ferry Field

    Two against football

    When Fielding Yost sought to build a larger stadium to replace Ferry Field, he did not have the support of two people in particular: Neil Staebler, editor of The Chimes, and sociologist Robert Cooley Angell.

    Read a summary of this story
  9. August 31, 2021 William Revelli

    Revelli: The long note

    William Revelli’s love of teaching, his belief that music is as sustaining as water and oxygen, and his unrelenting drive for perfection resonate long after his final note. His credo: “We do not teach music. Rather, we teach people through music.”

    Read the full story on the Heritage Project