Come discover our resources, collections, and learn about the ways in which the past impacts the present.
Dave Camp, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 2015, has donated the collected materials from his 24 years in office to the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library. While in Congress, he served on the House Committee on Ways and Means from 1993 to 2015, working on tax, international trade, Medicare, Social Security, and fiscal policy.
More than 70 years ago, the sensational murder of State Senator Warren Hooper shook Michigan to its core, revealing a web of corrupt politicians, dubious lawyers, deadly Purple Gang members, shady prison wardens, and more. This unsolved mystery begins in 1945 and ends in boxes at the Bentley Historical Library.
Sixty-five years ago, scientist and educator Pearl Kendrick became a lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology at U-M. It was a capstone in an incredible career fighting to reduce mortality from infectious diseases, which in 1920, were responsible for 35 percent of deaths. Her life’s work would change the landscape of infectious disease and save countless lives.