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.

Beyond the Field

The powerful oral histories of 28 African American athletes have been digitized and made available online through the Bentley’s new Digital Media Library. Hear in their own words the stories of athletes who overcame adversity to triumph on the field and off.

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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

After almost 200 years, it’s inevitable that some parts of University of Michigan history have faded into obscurity. But thanks to a new bibliography compiled by the Bentley Historical Library, some of those facts are coming back to life. Every book about U-M ever? It’s a bibliography 200 years in the making.

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Photo of the Month
Students build an “M” out of snow on Palmer Field, December 1992, from the Michigan Daily 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.