New Collections

7-9-13-bentley-library-222-1Through papers, photographs, scrapbooks, yearbooks, letters, and more, the Bentley is continually adding to its vast holdings. New items are added quarterly.

Some recent accessions from the past six months are listed below, with the exception of University of Michigan record groups.

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  • Diane Hebert papers, 1950-2009 (bulk 1970-2000)

    8 linear feet

    Diane Hebert is an environmentalist and environmental activist living in Midland, Michigan. Since the 1970s, Hebert has been investigating the emissions produced by the Dow Chemical Company and the dangers of human exposure to a group of chemicals called dioxins. The collection includes correspondence, meeting agenda and notes, and research material related to Hebert’s involvement in environmental activism, as well as various publications and reports related to Dow, and the link between health and the environment.

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  • Christopher Armstrong papers, 2008-2015

    1 linear foot and 18.2 GB (online)

    Chris Armstrong was the first openly gay student body president of the Michigan Student Assembly at the University of Michigan. This collection documents his undergraduate experience, speaking engagements, and the lawsuit Christopher Armstrong v. Andrew Shirvell in which Armstrong was represented by attorney Deborah Gordon. Materials include court documents, news articles, television news coverage including interviews with Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, speeches, notes, and correspondence.

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  • Alice Marie Carter papers, 1971-2016

    0.3 linear feet

    Alice Marie Carter is a professional nurse and infant mental health therapist. She was among the founding members of the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MAIMH now known as MI-AIMH) and co-chaired the first six MAIMH conferences. The collection includes Carter’s autobiography, correspondence, and MAIMH materials.

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  • Marjorie A. Blackistone and Horace Ferguson Bradfield papers, 1931-1978

    0.2 linear feet and 1.6 GB (online)

    Marjorie A. Blackistone Bradfield was the first African American librarian in Detroit, working for the Detroit Public Library and as head librarian for Detroit Public Schools. Horace Ferguson Bradfield was an African American physician at Providence and Hutzel hospitals, and worked out of offices on East Grand Boulevard in Detroit. Both graduated from the University of Michigan.The collection contains Marjorie Bradfield’s autobiography, audio recordings of interviews with Horace Bradfield, and photographs of the Bradfields.

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  • Westland Shopping Center records, 1965-2005 (bulk 1990-2005)

    1 linear foot, 1 oversize folder, 1 oversize volume, and 1 framed photograph

    Developed by the J.L. Hudson company as one of the first enclosed shopping centers in the United States. Originally built in Nankin Township, Mich. The area renamed itself after the shopping center and become the city of Westland. Includes photographs of events held at the shopping center during the 1980s and 1990s, video histories of Hudson’s, and printed brochures and pamphlets.

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  • Michigan Replay video collection, 1975-2010

    10 T (online)

    CTC Sports was a commercial video production company founded by Bob Lipson and based in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The University of Michigan Athletic Department acquired CTC Sports tape archive after 2000.Videotaped recordings of University of Michigan Football (1975-2010) and Men’s Basketball (1990-2010) coaches’ television show, providing weekly recaps and previews of games during the season. Thirty-minute programs featuring the head coach, include game highlights and commentary and usually one or more guests.

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  • Argus-press records, 1862-2016 (bulk 1960-1990)

    24 linear feet and 602 microfilms (in 12 boxes)

    Daily newspaper published in Owosso, Michigan. Formerly known as Owosso Weekly Press, Evening Argus, Press-American, and Owosso Argus-Press. Materials consist of full newspaper issues spanning 1862-2016, assorted newspaper clippings, photographs, and research material for articles. This collection includes material under different iterations of the title.

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  • Sandra Silberstein papers, 1973-1980

    1 linear foot and 1 oversize folder

    Sandra Silberstein was a student at the University of Michigan and the first president of the Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) in the year that it became the bargaining unit for graduate students. The collection contains newspaper coverage, membership handbooks, and Silberstein’s handwritten notes documenting her involvement in the GEO.

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  • Sons of Norway (U.S.). Nordkap Lodge No. 5-378 (Detroit, Michigan) records, 1987-2017

    2.4 linear feet

    The Nordkap Lodge, number 5-378, is the Detroit branch of the Sons of Norway national organization. The organization preserves and promotes Norwegian heritage and culture through festivals, events, and presentations. The records of the organization primarily contain minutes from general and board meetings, but also includes budget reports, issues of the Nordkapen newsletter, and correspondence.

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  • June Brutus Mage letter, November 23, 1890

    1 item

    June Brutus Mage was a student at the University of Michigan Department of Law in 1890-1891. In November 1890, he witnessed a campus confrontation between students and the national guard in which a student was killed. Mage’s letter to William Joseph Fischer, an insurance agent in Detroit, Omaha and St. Louis, in which Mage describes the incident.

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  • Donald G. Staebler papers, 1847-2011

    1.5 linear feet

    Donald G. Staebler was a farmer who worked on the Staebler Family Farm in Dixboro, Michigan. He collected and preserved Staebler family archives and used these records to write a history of the farm. Washtenaw County purchased the farm in 2001. The collection includes scrapbooks of photographs, correspondence, and other materials related to the family. Also included are Staebler’s written notes and drafts of the farm’s history.

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  • Jerry Peterson “Jerry Vile” collection, 1986-2015

    2 linear feet (in 8 boxes)

    Jerry Peterson, aka Jerry Vile, is a Detroit metro area artist, performer, and publisher known for his provocative style. Peterson created and published several free humor magazines between 1978-1999.The collection is primarily comprised of the periodicals “Fun: The Magazine for Swinging Intelectuals” [sic] and “Orbit,” created and published by Jerry Peterson. The collection also contains a small number of photographs and memorabilia by Rob St. Mary, Detroit writer and radio producer.

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  • Stanley P. Smith scrapbook, 1913-1917

    1 oversize volume

    University of Michigan Class of 1917 graduate, member of the Druids, the University of Michigan honorary society, and of the Alpha Phi Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta. The scrapbook contains photographs of the Alpha Phi chapter house exterior and of its interiors, group portraits and photographs taken during social and sporting events, and chapter activities; also select chapter publications, dance cards, event programs, and other ephemera. The scrapbook also contains Smith’s portrait and his U.S. Army Signal Corps enlistment papers.

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  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Iota Omega Chapter (Inkster, Mich.) records, 2000-2014

    0.4 linear feet

    The Eta Iota Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was chartered in Inkster, Michigan on February 6, 1960. The records consist of awards, certificates, histories, and newsletters created by the Eta Iota Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.


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  • Kay Clifford papers, 1945-2010 (bulk 1954-1964)

    1 linear foot

    Kay Clifford is a University of Michigan alumnus and a member of the first Peace Corps volunteer group which served in Uganda from 1969-1971. Found in the collection are materials that were collected by Clifford and by Bonnie A. Harris McKenna, a Peace Corps volunteer who received her training at the University of Michigan and served in Thailand. Collection includes materials that were used for the University of Michigan’s 2010 exhibit, “U-M and the Peace Corps: It All Started Here”– early Peace Corps publications, Thai language training materials, materials created specifically for the exhibit, a commemorative DVD, and volunteer ephemera.

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  • Samuel D. Estep papers, 1953-1979

    1.3 linear feet

    Samuel D. Estep (1919-2006) was a professor at the University of Michigan Law School from 1948 to 1989. He was a leading scholar in atomic energy law, co-authoring a number of books on atomic energy and weapons law. The Samuel D. Estep papers include materials regarding the various committees and organizations for which he was a member, as well as the various research materials and writings that he produced during the course of his career.

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  • Tobin Siebers papers, 1983-2013 (bulk 1986-2007)

    2 linear feet

    University of Michigan Professor of English Language and Literature, co-chair of the university’s Initiative on Disability Studies, V. L. Parrington Collegiate Professor. Siebers was well known for his advocacy and literary contributions in disability studies. Collection includes class syllabi and notes, lecture notes and writings on the subject of disability and disability advocacy, as well as records relating to his career departmental matters.

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  • John Kelley Hough papers, 1864-1897 (bulk 1864-1865)

    0.3 linear feet and 90.2 MB (online)

    Soldier in the 1st Michigan Regiment of Engineers and Mechanics during the Civil War. Collection includes originals, transcripts, and images of letters written by John Kelley Hough as a Union soldier, a family photo, and biographical information.

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  • Monroe Brown Family Papers, 1884-2015

    0.5 linear feet (in 2 boxes)

    A family of Michigan entrepreneurs, business people, bankers, and philanthropists; founders of the Monroe-Brown Foundation. The collection includes genealogical and biographical information and family history, family, records related to family businesses and photographs. Also, a 1962 film of the University of Michigan football team training.

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  • South Africa Initiatives Office (University of Michigan) records, 1990-2007

    0.5 linear feet (in 6 boxes)

    The mission of the South Africa Initiatives Office at the University of Michigan is to understand and assist South Africa’s continued transformation into a democratic and equitable society through scholarship, outreach initiatives and collaboration.

    The record group of the South Africa Initiatives Office (SAIO) includes manuscript and printed records related to the University of Michigan’s effort to foster cultural exchange with South African universities in the years immediately following the end of apartheid. Administrative records of the SAIO directors and staff, grant program applications, promotional materials, and materials gathered from South African universities are included. In addition, there is some material related to the career of Kenneth Lutterman, Assistant Dean for Research, School of Social Work, who had research interests in South Africa.

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