The Bentley Historical Library will be closed May 28, 2018 in observance of Memorial Day.

Magazine

  • The Fault in His Stars
    Spring 2016

    Mark Harrington was a brilliant botanist and meteorologist as well as a lumberjack and boxcar jumper. His tragic battle with mental illness would drive him from positions of prestige, taking him across oceans, to flop houses and sugar plantations, and eventually to an East Coast asylum.

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  • Writing the Handbook on Teaching with Archives
    Spring 2016

    Bentley Director Terrence J. McDonald discusses how the Bentley is helping perfect the way that University faculty use the Library’s collections for teaching.

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  • Jazz, Guns, and Governments
    Spring 2016

    A U.S.-led effort in 1965 to win over Communist hearts and minds through music landed U-M Jazz Band members in the middle of gunfire in the Dominican Republic. This strange tale of U-M students, concerts, and Red Scare politics is showcased in a new collection at the Bentley, 50 years in the making.

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  • Bound and Determined
    Spring 2016

    The class of 1849 was the fifth class to graduate in the University of Michigan’s young history, and they worked to ensure their time on campus would be memorialized for generations to come.

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  • The Forgotten Feminists

    One U-M class uncovers lost aspects of Civil Rights history and makes them available online.

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  • Perfect Harmony
    Spring 2016

    Detroit’s Harmonie Club was once the hub of German singing groups, whose music fueled fellowship and cultural pride. When the Harmonie Club went belly up, its historic German music was in danger of being lost forever—but found a safe home at the Bentley.

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  • Where Manhood is Drugged and Destroyed
    Fall 2015

    In 1902, teetotaler Carrie Nation came to Ann Arbor to further the cause of temperance. Her fight paved the way for Prohibition and the expanded role of women in the political landscape.

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