News & Features

The Bentley Historical Library is a place both of rich heritage and new discoveries. Those who use our collections—historians, students, the avidly curious, and more—know that there are stories behind every photograph, every letter, every book. Come read about our treasures: in the archive, on display, and on stage through talks and lectures.

News Stories

  • Constructing Gender

    When brothers Irving and Allen Pond built U-M’s League and Union, they constructed gender rolls right alongside the walls, floors, and windows. A new UMMA exhibition curated by the Bentley’s Associate Director, Nancy Bartlett, takes a closer look at how the Pond brothers’ vision changed the campus.

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  • A Date with History

    This little desk calendar from 1899 is inscribed “With compliments of the season and of the university editor.” Each day has a printed factoid on it about the University of Michigan. This year, on the occasion of U-M’s Bicentennial, the days of 1899 and 2017 are an exact calendar match.

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