Where Michigan’s History Lives

Explore the Ever-Present Past

Come discover our resources, collections, and learn about the ways in which the past impacts the present.

Register to Research

Our archives might be historical, but our registration system no longer is. The Bentley recently launched a new online registration system that offers users myriad benefits including the ability to request materials online and a streamlined duplication request process.

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Bentley Magazine

The garishly painted boulder at the corner of Washtenaw Avenue and Hill Street in Ann Arbor is hard to miss. But what’s underneath all that paint is much less obvious: a long-lost memorial to a U.S. president, dedicated during the Great Depression. Bentley materials reveal the history of the rock — and what was lost with the first coat of paint — in the latest issue of Collections magazine.

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Michigan History

As the University of Michigan prepares to celebrate its 200th year, the Bentley has put together slideshows about the University’s history, from great moments in sport to milestones on campus to highlights from U-M’s earliest years. Check out the Bentley’s Bicentennial page to celebrate Michigan history and tradition—then and now.

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Photo of the Month
Mosher-Jordan cafeteria serving area in the fall of 1930, just  before  students arrive, U-M Alumni Association collection.


Old Ann Arbor Postcards

Bentley Historical Library postcard collection, dating from the 1890s, much of which has been digitized and is available through the Bentley Image Bank.