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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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  • Yes Foundation records, 1991-2017

    9.1 linear feet (in 7 boxes), 58.8 GB (online)

    Arranged into 5 series: 1. Administrative Files; 2. Affiliates and Partnerships; 3. Events; 4. Programs; 5. Publications.

    The YES Foundation is a non-profit organization formed in 1992 by Julia T. Richie, a former business owner, accountant and University of Michigan-Dearborn alum. The foundation was created to empower children and young adults through the implementation, support, resources, and opportunities in employment, education, and enrichment. The record group also comprises of materials related to various YES Foundation programs including background information, program curriculum, students (cohorts), and program director files for the YES for PREP program. The collection subsequently contains publications created by the YES Foundation, photographs, and digital components.

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  • William H. Lightner scrapbook, 1873-1878

    0.1 linear feet

    University of Michigan graduate (Class of 1877). Member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity. Graduated from the University of Michigan Law School. Practiced law in St. Paul, MN. Unbound scrapbook contains invitations and programs to various University of Michigan social events. Also receipts, report card slips, tickets, school songs, Psi Upsilon Fraternity member death notices, a graduation examination, small souvenirs and ephemera.

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  • Rosemary Klein O’Kelly scrapbook, 1938-1945

    1 oversize volume

    Born and raised in Caro, Michigan, Rosemary Klein was a University of Michigan, college of Literature, Science, and the Arts, class of 1945 graduate. She was also a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.  Unbound student scrapbook with wooden covers includes materials relating the 1942 J-Hop, student publications such as the Beta Banner, and correspondence. Of note is a letter to O’Kelly from an older male student explaining how to behave in college. The scrapbook also contains photographs, postcards, programs, newspaper clippings, cards, playbills, report cards, and graduation commencement materials.

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  • Harry G. and Alice Wiard Gault papers, 1903-1967 (bulk 1911-1918)

    0.3 linear feet and 2 oversize volumes

    Students at the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA), Class of 1915. Harry G. Gault was the president of LSA students in 1915, business manager of the Gargoyle college humor magazine, a member of the Eremites Club, the Cercle Francais French club and the Phi Delta Phi legal honor society. After graduating from the U-M Law School, Harry G. Gault went on to serve as a Lieutenant in the United States Army during World War I as well as a prominent attorney and civic leader in Genesse County, Mich. Alice Wiard Gault, the wife of Harry G. Gault was the Vice-President of the LSA students, the editor of the women’s issue of the Gargoyle, president of the Motar Board, and a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. After graduating from U-M, Alice Wiard Gault became an active civic leader in Genessee County serving on the boards of such organizations as the Urban League, United Service Organizations (USO), and the American Red Cross to name a few. The Harry G. Gault scrapbook sand loose materials contains a hand-drawn portrait of what appears to be Gault; photographs of the 1911-1912 freshman and sophomore games, the Eremites club, the 1912 CAP Night event, the Griffins and the Michigamua honor societies, the Sphinx Fraternity, and the Senior Swing Out exercises. His scrapbook also contains newspaper clippings; report cards; wartime correspondence; and obituaries. The Alice Wiard Gault scrapbook and loose materials include programs (including football programs); menus, ribbons; photographs of dances, women students, and sorority interiors. Her scrapbook also contains invitations; personal notes; place cards; and ticket stubs. Both scrapbooks contain dance cards, report cards, and newspaper clippings.

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  • Edith Lille Pattengill Brant scrapbook, 1873-1878

    0.1 linear feet

    Born in Lansing, Michigan in 1883, Edith Leslie (Pattengill) Brant was a University of Michigan graduate (Class 1906). She was the daughter of Henry Romaine Pattengill and Elizabeth Adaline Sharpsteen. Her father was a prominent educator, former superintendent of public instruction of Michigan, and candidate on the National Proressive Ticket for Governor of Michigan in 1914 and again in 1916.Scrapbook documents Pattengill’s time as a student at the University of Michigan. It contains photographs of Pattengill with other students and with her family, football memorabilia, dance cards, correspondence, newspaper clippings, ephemera, cards and invitations, correspondence, postcards, programs and playbills, and various objects. The collection includes photographs of Pattengill’s future husband Austin T. Brant, her brothers Victor and Craig (who also attended U-M), other family members, and members of her sorority Lambda Rho Tau.

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  • Nancy Bylan Bratman papers, 1947-1956

    0.4 linear feet and 2 oversize volumes

    A Detroit, Mich. native and a University of Michigan graduate (Class of 1951). As a student, Bratman worked as a reporter and associate editor for the Michigan Daily student newspaper. After graduation, Bratman worked as an editor for various trade publications, including serving as a guest editor at Mademoiselle magazine.  The collection includes two scrapbooks and a small collection of papers highlighting social activities and student life on campus, clippings of Michigan Daily articles authored by Bratman, graduation literature, and correspondence. One of the scrapbooks contains several photographs.

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  • Ruth K. Graves papers, 1972-2007

    1.4 linear feet

    Ypsilanti, Mich. resident, a Quaker, a pacifist, and a member of local organizations involved in social issues. Graves and her husband Bruce began withholding taxes contributing to the military in 1969 before being taken to the Supreme Court by the IRS in 1975.The collection consists of newsletters and reports from the World Peace Tax Fund and local organizations and correspondence between the Graves and Michigan Senators, Carl Levin and Donald Riegle. Audio and video recordings of the public access show, Peace InSight and other programs about social issues.

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  • Philippine American War photograph collection, 1899-1902

    0.1 linear feet (19 items)

    Nineteen undated 2.12 x 3 photographs, mounted on cardboard, taken during the Philippine American War, 1899-1902. Images include American troops, battlefield scenes, and picturesque views.


  • [Polar Bear Association and veterans of the 310th Engineer Regiment reunion photograph], May 29, 1934

    1 panoramic photograph

    The reunion took place at the Book-Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, Mich. on May 29, 1934. The photograph belonged to Walter Schildroth, who was attached to Headquarters Co. of the 339th Infantry and served in 1918-1919 during the Allied intervention in Northern Russia. The photograph shows group portrait of Polar Bear veterans seated at banquet tables.

  • Tim Retzloff oral history interviews, 1993-2012

    91.3 GB

    Tim Retzloff’s interviews of members of Detroit gay community discussing their experiences, the clubs and bars where they congregated, and the churches and human rights organizations to which they belonged.

    This collection is closed until 2022.

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  • Center for Ethnic and Religious Studies (University of Michigan-Dearborn) records, 1968-2016 (bulk 1990-2016)

    14.4 linear feet and 240 MB (online)

    Founded in 2001 as the Center for Religion and Society at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, the Center houses and supports the interdisciplinary minor in Religious Studies, and advances research on religion and its relationship to American society. The Pluralism Project, developed by Claude Jacobs at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, focuses on religion and religious communities in Detroit, Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties, Michigan. The Center’s records primarily document the Pluralism Project and the files of the director, Claude Jacobs. The collection also contains publications and printed material from religious communities across Michigan.

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  • David L. Camp papers, 1984-2014 (bulk 1990-2014)

    25.25 linear feet (in 29 boxes), 97.7 GB (online), 1 oversize volume, 1 oversize folder, 1 archived website

    Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1991-2014; served on the House Ways and Means Committee, National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. Collection primarily documents Dave Camp’s political career including campaign materials such as surveys, speeches, photographs, and audiovisual materials. Congressional papers comprise Camp’s legislative and committee work on welfare reform, healthcare, and economic policy; administrative and press files maintained by Camp’s office include schedules, issue briefing books, legislative planning documents, correspondence, photographs, and audiovisual materials.

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  • Beth Israel Congregation (Ann Arbor, Mich.) records, 1938-2016 (bulk 1956-2016)

    9.06 linear feet (in 10 boxes), 4 oversize folders, and 3.9 GB (online)

    Founded in 1916 by Osias Zwerdling, Philip Lansky, and other members of the Jewish Community, Beth Israel was the first formally established conservative Jewish congregation in Ann Arbor, Mich. The record group chronicles the history and activities of the congregation over a period of seventy-eight years, from 1938 to 2016. The collection includes materials pertaining to the congregation’s history, its leadership, as well as the social, philanthropic, and civic endeavors surrounding Jewish history and immigration, education, civil rights, and the advancement of Jewish women in society. The collection also contains historical data on the Jewish population of Ann Arbor.

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  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan oral histories, 1992-2013

    948 MB (online)

    The Historical Society for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan is dedicated to promoting the history of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Oral history project created by the Historical Society for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The collection contains digital files of transcripts and chronologies created from the project.

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  • George and Marion Blydenburgh papers, 1920-1934 and 1998 (bulk 1920-1931)

    3.5 linear feet (in 5 boxes) and 1 oversize folder

    Missionaries to China, 1920-1931. George T. Blydenburgh was the superintendent of a new hospital in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province. Correspondence to family members describing daily life, family matters, and news of the hospital’s progress; photographs, newspaper clippings, and glass lantern slides documenting the Blydenburgh family’s experiences (bulk 1920-1931). Statements and descriptions of incidents related to military campaigns in Nanjing, Shanghai, and Nanchang. Writings and outlines about life in China (1921-1934). Annual reports from the Nanchang General Hospital (1924-1932). Publications from the Nanking [Nanjing] Language School (1921-1922). Scrolls of woodblock prints, calligraphy, and painting (circa 1920-1930).

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  • Phi Alpha Kappa (University of Michigan) records, 1929-2008

    0.3 linear feet and 1 oversize folder

    Christian fraternity founded in 1929 at the University of Michigan by alumni of Calvin College. The collection includes architectural plans for the fraternity house, foundational documents, newsletters, and records of alumni events.

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  • Charles A. Smith papers, 1926-1958 (bulk 1926-1934)

    0.5 linear feet

    Smith was a Detroit, Mich. Jewish dentist, philanthropist, and Freemason who was involved with and supported the state Republican Party. He served as a Chairman of the Wayne County Delegation to the Republican Progressive League in 1928-1929 and served as a Wayne County Chief Deputy Clerk in the 1930s. Smith advised and corresponded with many Michigan Republican politicians, among them Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg and Michigan governor Fred W. Green, as well as judges, attorneys, physicians, and business people. The collection includes correspondence with Michigan Senator Arthur Vandenberg, Governor Fred W. Green, politicians Howard C. Lawrence and Seth Q. Pulver, Judge Charles Rubiner, among others, on various political topics and current political events. The collection also includes Smith’s personal and business correspondence. Also materials relating to Smith’s philanthropic and advocacy work for the Jewish community.

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  • Theta Delta Chi. Gamma Deuteron Charge (University of Michigan) records, 1891-2017

    1 linear foot, 3 oversize folders, and 1.9 GB (online)

    Gamma Deuteron Charge (chapter) of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity, instated at the University of Michigan in 1889. Records include original and digital copies of annual composite photographs of the members of the University of Michigan chapter, as well as drawings of an unbuilt fraternity house designed by Alden B. Dow.

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  • Dudley Randall papers, 1900-2002 (bulk 1960s-1980s)

    11.5 linear feet

    Detroit, Mich. African American poet and librarian, founder of Broadside Press. Broadside Press supported and published black and African American poets and authors. Poet laureate of Detroit, 1981. Materials include personal and business correspondence, topical files, photographs, drafts and publications, audio recordings, and film reels. Collection includes correspondence and audio recordings of African American poets.

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  • Blanche Van Leuven Browne papers, 1898-1981 (bulk 1907-1930)

    2 linear feet (in 3 boxes)

    Founder of the Van Leuven Browne Hospital School for Crippled Children in Detroit and advocate for improved educational and work opportunities for children with physical disabilities. Materials related to the Van Leuven Browne Hospital School for Crippled Children and Browne’s other initiatives for children with disabilities. Correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, and publications; includes copies of novels and magazines related to disabled children that were authored by Browne.

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