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.
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 that would change the landscape of infectious disease and save countless lives.
When U-M alumna Nicole Persley had her DNA tested, she discovered she was African American. With help from Bentley archivist Brian Williams, Persley found her paternal grandfather, Dr. Alonzo Persley — a black graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School in 1915.