Michigan Historical Collections

Map of Michigan

The Bentley Historical Library houses the Michigan Historical Collections, which documents the history of the state of Michigan and the activities of its people and organizations. Its rich collections draw university students, Michigan citizens, and scholars from all over the world. Situated on the North Campus of the University of Michigan, it constitutes one of the primary historical research facilities at the university and in the state of Michigan.

Founded in 1935, the Michigan Historical Collections is composed of more than 6,500 archival collections, 65,000 printed works, over 10,000 maps, nearly 1.5 million visual images (including photographs, negatives, films, and videotapes), and over 700 collections of digital materials. This is a statewide collection for Michigan covering all periods from the days of exploration through to the present, with collections drawn from each of Michigan's 83 counties. (read more about the Michigan Historical Collections...)




Johanna Meijer Magoon Principal Archivist

Featured collection:
Schuler's Restaurant records

Schuler's restaurant

The Michigan Historical Collections acquired the records of Schuler's Restaurant, a historic restaurant based in Marshall, Michigan specializing in American homestyle cuisine. Since 1909, the Schuler family has owned and operated this Michigan institution. Records include administrative files, advertising and publicity materials, scrapbooks, as well as an extensive collection of menus dating from the 1940s.

Schuler's Restaurant finding aid
Schuler's Restaurant website