News Stories

  • Bentley Uncovers Untold Story of African Americans at U-M

    Bentley archivist Brian Williams is featured in a new University Record story about his work to collect the names and life stories of all African American students who attended U-M. Through his research, he unearthed previously untold stories of African American women who battled discrimination when the Mosher-Jordan dormitory was being built in 1930.

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  • Twelve Decades of Michigan History at Your Fingertips

    A new online database of The Michigan Daily has made more than 23,000 issues digital and searchable. The high-resolution scans put 125 years of history at users’ fingertips. The digitization was a collaboration between the Bentley, Michigan Library, and The Michigan Daily.

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  • Don’t Store Your Data Like the Empire in Star Wars

    A major plot point of the film Rogue One had Rebels stealing digital data from the Empire’s vast archive. Which got us thinking about the Bentley’s digital data. We asked a digital curation archivist for insights into Bentley digital collections, and how users can access them. Hint: it’s easier than what the Rebels did.

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  • Constructing Gender

    When brothers Irving and Allen Pond built U-M’s League and Union, they constructed gender rolls right alongside the walls, floors, and windows. A new UMMA exhibition curated by the Bentley’s Associate Director, Nancy Bartlett, takes a closer look at how the Pond brothers’ vision changed the campus.

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  • A Date with History

    This little desk calendar from 1899 is inscribed “With compliments of the season and of the university editor.” Each day has a printed factoid on it about the University of Michigan. This year, on the occasion of U-M’s Bicentennial, the days of 1899 and 2017 are an exact calendar match.

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  • MLK Performance Addresses Race and Relationships

    The U-M Library MLK Day committee will bring Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni’s “One Drop of Love” performance to camps on January 16th. The one-woman performance is produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, and is free and open to the public.

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  • Behind the Camera in Detroit and Beyond

    Filmmaker Sue Marx has Emmys and an Academy Award to her name, and as her new collection at the Bentley shows, she’s never forgotten her roots in Detroit or the truth about what makes a good story. Read more about Marx’s pioneering career and her incredible contribution to the Bentley.

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