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.
Whether it’s 150-year-old scrapbooks with decaying binding or collections from someone’s damp basement, items in the Bentley stacks often need some TLC. Dianna Samuelson and Corinne Robertson explain how the Bentley’s Conservation Lab repairs and preserves items for future generations.
When he founded Broadside Press in Detroit, Dudley Randall elevated African American voices and changed the face of literature forever. He mentored many writers, including poet Melba Boyd, now a professor at Wayne State University, who became his biographer and ensured his collection came to the Bentley.