News Stories

  • Discovering African American Roots

    When U-M alumna Nicole Persley had her DNA tested, she discovered she was African American. With help from Bentley archivist Brian Williams, Persley found her paternal grandfather, Dr. Alonzo Persley — a black graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School in 1915.

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  • Supper Salad is Served!

    The Susan Wineberg cookbook collection at the Bentley Historical Library provides insight into the murky (and sometimes wobbly) depths of Jell-O salad. For any intrepid cooks who like to pair their Jell-O with, say, fish, we’ve included some old-but-bold recipes.

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  • Detroit Observatory Slated for a Makeover

    The University of Michigan Board of Regents has approved plans to renovate the historic Detroit Observatory in a $10-million project that will add approximately 6,000 square feet of space to the campus’s second-oldest building.

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  • Saving the Internet

    Since the early 2000s, the Bentley Historical Library has collected 2,255 websites comprising more than 15 million individual web pages. Join us for a Q&A with Bentley Archivist Dallas Pillen, who explains the importance of archiving websites, and how it’s done.

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  • 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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