The Bentley Historical Library will close for the holiday break on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. and will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

News Stories

  • Dancing My Dream

    The collection of Warren Petoskey shines a light on the systemic mistreatment of American Indians, while also revealing the story of how one man found his spiritual calling. Read more about this elder of the Odawa and Lakotah tribes of northern Michigan.

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  • Will You Help Save Michigan History?

    When history is called into question, the Bentley is a resource for the truth. This #GivingBlueday, we need your help to keep Michigan’s history alive and well. Will you help us give researchers access to the past so that we can preserve the future?

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  • Frauds in the Field

    From 1890 to 1920, more than 3,000 “ancient” artifacts were discovered across Michigan. The papers of U-M Professor Francis Kelsey reveal his efforts to unmask a hoax involving these artifacts and a state-wide scam. Check out the latest issue of Collections magazine for the full story.

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  • When Hobgoblins Walk

    Since 1890, The Michigan Daily has been the authoritative voice on student life. And when it comes to Halloween, it hasn’t shied away from covering all types of student shenanigans and general tomfoolery. Here is a brief look at student life on campus from the pages of the Daily at the spookiest time of the year.

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  • 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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