The Bentley Historical Library will be closed November 23, 24, & 25 in observance of Thanksgiving

Magazine

  • 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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  • The Life of Dr. Death
    Fall 2015

    Jack Kevorkian’s collection of papers, art, photographs, and more is now at the Bentley, showcasing the controversial life of an artist, a composer, and a person who drastically moved the needle in the right-to-die discussion.

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  • Out of Print
    Fall 2015

    New digitization efforts mean more access to Bentley materials, including videos and audio recordings such as John F. Kennedy’s speech on the Michigan Union steps.

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  • All the World’s a Stage
    Fall 2015

    The daughter of former slaves, Eva Jessye would stand in Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and teach at the University of Michigan. Meet a woman who changed the face of the arts—and America.

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  • A Historian at Heart
    Fall 2015

    Meet Frank Wilhelme, a philanthropist with an affinity for the past who rifled through the Bentley’s archives when it was still in the basement of U-M’s Rackham Building.

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