Searching for University of Michigan Biographical Information
- Alumni Catalogs
- Deceased Alumni, a Scrapbook
- Deceased Faculy and Regents
- Directory of Officers, Faculty, and Staff and Associated Organizations
- Encyclopedic Survey
- General Register
- Michigan Alumnus
- Student Directories
- University Record
Catalogue of Graduates, Non-graduates, Officers
and Members of the Faculties, 1837-1921
(University of Michigan: Ann Arbor, 1837-1921)
Numerous and varied listings exist to document students' university attendance. The most comprehensive resource is Catalogue of Graduates, Non-graduates, Officers, and Members of the Faculties, 1837-1921 (University of Michigan: Ann Arbor, 1923). The book records names, schools and colleges, graduation dates, degrees, some death dates, military service, addresses, and some occupations. Other alumni or school/college specific catalogs can be found in MIRLYN.
Wilfred B. Shaw compiled death notices from the Michigan Alumnus to create three scrapbooks worth of alumni information. Obituaries date from
A scrapbook of death notices from the Michigan Alumnus compiled by Wilfred B. Shaw. The obituaries date from 1927 to 1950.
Faculty and staff directories are annual publications listing the university's employees. Information includes position title, department of employment, and work and home addresses. The library has faculty and staff directories from 1899 to the present.
A page from The University of Michigan, an
Encyclopedic Survey edited by Wilfred B. Shaw
(University of Michigan Press: 1942 - 1981)
The University of Michigan, an Encyclopedic Survey, edited by Wilfred B. Shaw (University of Michigan Press: 1942 - 1981) is a multi-volume, comprehensive history that describes key university events and people. Most of the biographical information is about faculty and staff members. The Encyclopedic Survey is online and contains search functions as well as scanned full page views.
This annual publication contains information about the academic year including university calendars, general campus information, admission requirements, financial information, course descriptions, and program requirement by year. The General Register was also published as: Catalogue, Calendar, Catalogue and Register, and Register. It dates from 1843/1844 to 1970/1971.
This magazine is a publication of the University of Michigan Alumni Association. It provides news and events regarding University of Michigan alumni and is used to relay university news to the alumni. See the University Printed Resources guide for more information. It is available from 1894 to the present.
These annual lists contain information about most registered university students. Each listing includes the student's name, year of study within the university, college or school of study, and his or her home and school addresses. The library has student directories from 1895 to the present.
The University Record is the university's faculty and staff newspaper. It reports major campus events, staff accomplishments, and obituaries of deceased faculty members. It is available from 1891 to the present.
University of Michigan yearbooks capture campus life and student activities. They usually contain photographs and information regarding sports, student groups, fraternities and sororities, theatrical and dance productions, and events affecting campus life. Generally, only portraits of undergraduate seniors are shown. Not all students appear in the yearbooks and it is also not proof of graduation. Graduate students are not well documented in yearbooks although individual departments, such as the Medical School, have their own annual publications.
Titles held by the library include Castalian (1866-1896), The Palladium (1885-1896), Res gestae (1895-1896), and Michiganensian or Ensian (1897-current).