In 1912, a proposed coal power plant just down the street from the Detroit Observatory pitted the University’s astronomy faculty against the energy needs of a growing campus. Bentley letters reveal a showdown.
As a student and Michigan Daily photographer, Jay Cassidy captured the turbulent, defiant, electric period of the late 1960s. Now a Hollywood film editor, Cassidy recently gave 5,000 of his photos to the Bentley.
At 89 years old, famed architect Gunnar Birkerts shows no signs of retiring. His collections at the Bentley showcase his architectural thought processes, leading to the recent opening of his National Library of Latvia.
Before Power Point presentations or Flickr, the best way for a group to see a single image was through lantern slides. The Bentley has hundreds of these slides in its collections, providing a new old way to see U-M.