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.

Dr. Kevorkian’s Papers

The University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library has acquired the papers of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, a controversial Detroit-area native best known for his advocacy of physician-assisted suicide and terminal patients’ “right to die.” The collection showcases a compelling and controversial materials from 1911 to 2014.

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Bentley Magazine

New digitization efforts mean more access to Bentley materials, including videos and audio recordings such as John F. Kennedy’s speech on the Michigan Union steps, and back issues of the Michigan Daily, which is quickly becoming a searchable database and treasure trove of U-M history. Read more 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
Machine Specialty Company on the Huron River in Ann Arbor, Michigan, October 1927, from the Samuel Sturgis 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.