News Stories

  • Segregated Service

    A rare set of photographs captures the working life of two African American Civilian Conservation Corps camps during the Great Depression. But who are these men and what was life in the camps like? The Bentley needs your help in identifying these men, all of whom played a critical role in American history.

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  • “Lack of Taste, and Low Quality of Humor”

    A controversial ad for a one-cup bra was part of the reason the Board in Control of Student Publications tried to kick Michigan’s student-run humor magazine, The Gargoyle, off campus in 1950. Needless to say, they didn’t go quietly. Here’s what happened next.

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  • A By-the-Numbers Guide to the University of Michigan

    As the fall semester gets underway, Martin Slagter of MLive has compiled a back-to-school article with an array of numbers about the University of Michigan campus, compiled with assistance from the Bentley Historical Library.

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  • A Tremendous Load of Humanity: When Football was Dangerous for Fans

    To mark the start of football practice this week, we take a look at a 1905 bleacher collapse on Ferry Field that injured spectators and prompted the construction of new, safer seating for Michigan fans. Read what happened on the sunny fall day when the Badgers played the Wolverines.

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  • Two Bentley Archivists Work to Uncover Hidden Collections

    Archives seek to collect and preserve the stories of all people, but many stories remain untold. To help change that, Bentley archivists Lilly Carrel and Devon Proudfoot are part of a team of researchers who are diving into Bentley records to uncover and highlight the role of women at the University during its first 100 years.

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  • New Spring Collections Magazine is Here

    We invite you to read the new Spring issue of Collections magazine. It’s 24 pages chock full of stories about Michigan’s past, grounded in the Collections at the Bentley Historical Library. Read about a stadium collapse, an initiative to uncover women’s stories, the changing colors of maize and blue, and more.

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  • 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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