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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  • Department of English Language and Literature (University of Michigan) Master of Fine Arts Program records, 1986-2008

    6.7 linear feet

    The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program was established in the Department of English at the University of Michigan in 1982, and each year selects ten poets and twelve fiction writers to study for two to three years in pursuit of the MFA degree. The MFA Program also hosts the acclaimed Zell Visiting Writers’ Series, which brings more than a dozen poets and fiction writers to the University of Michigan campus every year.

    The Department of English (University of Michigan) Master of Fine Arts Program records contain audiocassettes and videotapes (VHS) for the Zell Visiting Writers’ Series from Fall 1999 to Winter 2003, and digital videos (MiniDV) for Master of Fine Arts Program Alumni readings from 2002. Additional files containing correspondence, photographs, and publicity materials for the Zell Visiting Writers’ Series are also included.

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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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  • Mary L. Beasley Collection, 1930-1950

    0.3 linear feet, 1 volume, and 1 oversize folder.

    Mary L. Beasley (Mary Mattie Lou Green Beasley, née Green) was president of Unit 7, Detroit Housewives’ League, a women’s organization that supported Black-owned businesses and helped train Detroit’s young African Americans for careers in business in the 1930s.

    Collection contains mostly Detroit-published printed material related to Detroit African American business, entrepreneurship, and religious life; Beasley’s scrapbook with newspaper clippings about successful African American entrepreneurs, scholars, athletes, religious leaders, lawyers, and representatives of other professional and civil circles; and several photographs, including a signed portrait of Coleman A. Young. Also, a small collection of programs, mostly for Rev. William H. Peck commemorative events.

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  • Eddy Family papers, 1837-1921, (bulk 1861-1864)

    0.6 linear feet, 1 volume, 196 MB

    Residents of Plymouth, Michigan. Three Eddy brothers, Willard, William Hannahs, and Clark, served in the Michigan 2nd and 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiments in the Civil War. This collection contains family portraits (mostly tintypes, with a few daguerreotypes and ambrotypes as well), wartime correspondence among the Eddy siblings and parents (including several digital scans and transcriptions), family genealogical materials, and a family Bible.

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  • Lewis family papers, 1918-1991, (bulk 1930-1960)

    8 linear feet (in 9 boxes)

    The Lewis family were American missionaries who lived in China, Thailand, and Malaysia as Presbyterian missionaries between 1932-1975.

    Materials consist of personal correspondence to and from family members, as well as a large collection of slides and photo albums depicting the family’s lives and travels in Asia. This collection is predominately in English, select items in Thai.

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  • Lazar J. Greenfield Papers, 1930s, 1950-2003 (bulk 1950-2001)

    4 linear feet (in 7 boxes)

    F. A. Coller Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Michigan from 1987-2004. Distinguished vascular surgeon, especially noted for his invention of the Greenfield filter, a device designed to prevent pulmonary embolism. The device has saved countless lives as a means of preventing blood clots during surgery.

    This collection documents Dr. Greenfield’s surgical work and research and contains records from the time when Greenfield served as the University of Michigan Department of Surgery chair.

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  • Wayne Dabney video collection, 1981-1996, 2007 (bulk 1981-1984)

    2 linear feet

    Wayne Dabney is a photographer, video producer and political activist from Ann Arbor, Mich. A personal friend of writer and activist John Sinclair, Dabney was active in the White Panther Party and the Rainbow Coalition and resided with Sinclair in the Argus House commune in Ann Arbor. In the 1980s, he produced and hosted “Wayne’s Cultural Clinic,” a public access television program that consisted of musical performances and interviews with people involved in arts and politics, which aired on CATV in Ann Arbor.

    This collection contains episodes and related episode notes, as well as a pilot for a different program entitled “People and Places.” It also contains select issues of “The Communicator,” the newspaper of UAW Local 735, of which Dabney was the editor in the mid-1990s.

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  • Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries records, 1909-2016 (bulk 1980s-2000s)

    23 linear feet, 8 oversize volumes, 1 oversize folder, 12.4 GB

    The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries began in 1909 as an organization offering food, shelter, and church services to the homeless of Detroit. Since then it has grown in size and scope as it now offers treatment for addiction, mental health services, and more throughout the Detroit Metropolitan area. The bulk of the collection includes project reports, program meeting minutes, photographs, and audio and video recordings relating to the organization. The collection also includes files from several administrators: Chad Audi, Donald DeVos, Barbara Willis, among others.

    Project reports, program meeting minutes, photographs, audio and video recordings relating to the organization. The collection includes files of the organization’s leaders: Chad Audi, Donald DeVos, Barbara Willis, among others.

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  • Ocha Potter papers, 1898-2008, (bulk 1923-1965)

    0.6 linear feet (in 2 boxes)

    A copper mining engineer and adventurer who also played an important role in the promotion of Keewanaw County, Michigan as a vacation destination during the 1930s and 1940s. Over the course of his career, Potter made important contributions to the field of copper mining, including the development of a safer, more efficient method of stoping and advocacy for the use of the lighter “one-man” alternative to the ubiquitous two-man drill. He also led and undertook many travels and expeditions both for work and leisure, which he documented in photographs.

    This collection contains three photo albums, documenting Potter’s travels to Alaska (1905-1908), Africa and Europe (1930), and national parks in the American West (1923, 1934 and 1936). It also contains a manuscript of his autobiography, family correspondence about the manuscript, and newspaper clippings and ephemera related to Potter’s life, career, and involvement with the Copper Country Vacationist League. Also, a biographical essay about Potter by his granddaughter, Julia M. Fairchild.

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  • Tecumseh Products Company records, 1930-2009

    14.4 linear feet, 12.2 GB and 1 artifact

    Tecumseh Products Company, founded in 1934 by Ray W. Herrick (1890-1973), manufactures hermetic compressors for refrigeration products and air conditioners. The Herrick Foundation, also founded by Herrick, is a philanthropic organization that supports education, civic, and religious causes.

    Records document the business operations of each company and include correspondence, annual reports, printed material, photographs, and audiovisual material.

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  • American Indian Services records, 1972-2016 (bulk 1994-2013)

    1 linear foot

    The American Indian Services (AIS) is a non-profit organization which administers Federal programs for Native American families in Southeast Michigan, predominantly in metropolitan Detroit. The collection primarily consists of photographs and newspaper clippings documenting events and projects put on by the organization. Records also include executive meeting minutes and records of legal actions taken by the AIS.

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  • University of Michigan School of Public Health Tecumseh Community Health Study records, 1940-1986 (bulk 1960-1977)

    28.3 linear feet

    The Tecumseh Community Health Study is an ongoing prospective epidemiological study of a natural community’s health and disease status. It focuses on the community of Tecumseh, Michigan, and began through the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health with a 1957 canvass of all households. The study includes all newcomers to the community until 1970, after which only previous residents were followed. The Tecumseh Community Health Study records consist of materials outlining the project planning and management of the study, the initial community survey, materials from rounds one through three of data collection, and later community surveys and follow-up studies.

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  • Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.) photograph collection, 1933-1939

    0.1 linear feet (30 photographs in 1 box) and 367 MB (online)

    The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, was a federal unemployment relief program designed to put single young men to work during the Great Depression. The CCC employed over 2.5 million men between 1933 and 1942, including 250,000 African Americans, who served in segregated companies. This collection is comprised of 30 photographs and digitized images of CCC African American enrollees assigned to work in Michigan companies, including Company 670, Camp Bitely and Company 2695, Camp Free Soil.

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  • Lone Tree Council records, 1986-2011 (bulk 2004-2008)

    5 linear feet, 3 tubes, and 1 oversize folder

    The Lone Tree Council is an environmental organization founded in 1978 by citizens of Bay City, MI looking to prevent the Consumer Power Company nuclear construction. Since its inception the Lone Tree Council has focused on other environmental problems such as water pollution in the Saginaw Bay and Tittabawassee River. The collection mainly consists of collected reports from the Environmental Protection Agency and Dow Chemical Company, but also contains educational materials and press statements from the Lone Tree Council.

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  • Muriel Webb Treman Photograph Album

    0.4 linear feet (1 oversize box)

    Muriel Webb Treman, a hobbyist photographer, and her husband, Robert “Bob” Treman, an American missionary, lived and worked in China in the 1920s. Muriel directed her interest in photography to take pictures of their experience as missionaries. This collection is comprised of a single photograph album documenting a family voyage from the United States to destinations in China and Japan.

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  • George Manupelli papers, 1962-2013

    1.4 linear feet (5 oversize portfolios)

    George Manupelli (1931-2014) was a prominent figure in the avant-garde film world. The George Manupelli papers, 1961-2013, consist of correspondence, photography, artwork, and clippings relating to his work in the avant-garde art world.

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  • Warren Petoskey papers, 1873-2016 (bulk 1990s-2016)

    0.3 linear feet, 1.4 GB (online), and 1 archived website

    Warren Petoskey is an Odawa and Lakotah elder. He is a writer, musician, dancer, and lectures on the history of American Indian boarding schools. The collection includes materials related to his professional and personal activities and interests, biographical and historical information, copies of genealogical records, as well as personal photographs and audio recordings.

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  • Jerome Ellison papers, 1910-1981

    1.4 linear feet and 1 oversize box

    Jerome Ellison, 1907-1981, was a writer and editor who published a number of books and articles covering topics of fiction and literary criticism. The collection contains a large number of Ellison’s drafts of stories and articles, as well as biographical materials. These include photographs, journals, and correspondence, in addition to material from his time as the president of the Phoenix Society.

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  • Ann B. Davis papers, 1944-2014

    3.5 linear feet, 1 oversize volume, and 15 GB (online)

    Arranged in five series: 1. Personal Files 2. Professional Files 3. Television 4. Theatre 5. Visual Materials.

    Ann B. Davis was a television and stage actress best known for her roles as Charmaine “Schultzy” Schultz on The Bob Cummings Show and as Alice Nelson on The Brady Bunch. Born in Schenectady, New York in 1926, Davis attended the University of Michigan and graduated with a degree in drama and speech. She went on to perform in television and stage productions from the 1950s until her death in 2014.

    The Ann B. Davis papers primarily document Davis’ professional life, including scripts, photographs, video recordings, correspondence, playbills, and promotional materials related to her work in television and theatre productions. Correspondence includes letters from producers Sherwood and Lloyd Schwartz.

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  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Extended Occupancy Rights Group records, late 1960s-2015

    3 linear feet and 1 oversize folder.

    Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Extended Occupancy Rights Group was a group of residents of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore who were interested in seeking to extend or modify their lease arrangements with the National Park Service.

    The collection consists of documents pertaining to information about the properties of the residents of Sleeping Bear Dunes, legal documentation, and media and news sources regarding the issue, as well as a large number of photos.

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