Relevant Record Groups and Collections

University of Michigan. Alumni Association. Alumnae Surveys

In 1924, the Alumni Council of the University of Michigan Alumni Association conducted a survey regarding its earliest alumnae. The survey covers the time period of 1870 to 1924, from the first women attending the University up to the time of the survey. Overall, the Alumni Council sent questionnaires to around 10,000 women. The approximate 3000 responses are now part of the Alumni Association record group at the Bentley Historical Library. They contain biographical information as well as occupations, leadership positions, and recollections of influential alumnae.

In addition, volunteers Doris Attaway and Marjorie Barritt created Women's Voices: Early Years at the University of Michigan, which highlights early alumnae and their responses to the 1924 survey. The publication and additional background information is available online.

University of Michigan. Alumni Records. Necrology Files

Part of the necrology file for Helen Hubbard Houseman

Part of the necrology file for Helen Hubbard

This record series was maintained by the University of Michigan Alumni Records upon receiving notification of the death of an alumnus or alumna. It contains more than 64,000 folders on students that attended the University of Michigan and were deceased as of 1968, including graduates, non-graduates, some honorary degree recipients, faculty, and officers. Files contain biographical information such as alumni catalog questionnaires, registration forms, news articles, and some correspondence and photographs. Includes a separate series of war dead covering World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. A searchable name index is available online.

University of Michigan Athletic Department

If an individual was involved with university sports, he or she may be mentioned within the Athletic Department's records. The records, primarily from the Sports Information Office, include team rosters, press releases and newsclippings, scrapbooks, media guides, game programs, and team, individual, and game action photos for all varsity sports. The records also include game films of football and basketball. The records date from 1860 to current materials. A finding aid for the Athletic Department is available online.

University of Michigan. Barbour Scholarships for Oriental Women Committee

The Barbour Scholarship program brought Asian women to the University of Michigan for the advancement of their education and to benefit their home countries. The records contain histories of the program, a list of recipients, committee meeting minutes, correspondence, and photographs. The images include yearly group photographs of award recipients and informal Barbour Scholarship parties. The records document scholarship recipients from 1914 to 1983.

University of Michigan Class Albums

A portrait of Aaron Cone Jewett from the
				1862 class album

A portrait of Aaron Cone
Jewett from the 1862 class

These are scrapbooks compiled by early graduating classes. Their contents vary but generally include individual and group portraits of class members, faculty portraits, and views of university buildings, the campus, and Ann Arbor scenes. A finding aid within the library describes the contents of each album. Due to their fragility and occasionally oversized nature, the library is unable to photocopy class albums. Some pages and photographs have negatives and can be reproduced through copy photographs. The library has class albums for graduation years 1861 through 1887.

University of Michigan. Class of (1858-1930)

Class Day Exercises pamphlet from the Class of 1878 

Class Day Exercises
pamphlet from the
Class of 1878 Collection

This collection contains miscellaneous documents gathered about a particular graduating class. The dates are not inclusive and therefore do not have information about every year's graduating class. The materials vary by year but some of the materials include class histories, poems, letters, scrapbooks, photographs, reunion information, biographical information about class members, and memorials. Check MIRLYN for exact listings of class collections.

University of Michigan. Office of the Registrar Collection

A page listing incoming students for the 1900-1901 University of
                Michigan school year

A page listing incoming students for the 1900-1901
University of Michigan school year

The office of the registrar generated admission records for student and kept statistics about faculty members as well as students. An admission form was generated for each student that applied to the university. The forms most relevant for genealogical research are those dated 1856-1871, as they include parent's name, home address and occasionally the age of the student. Overall the collection contains student information from 1856 to 1920 and faculty records from 1926 to 1942. A finding aid is online.

Today, the Registrar's Office maintains all student and alumni transcripts and diplomas and provides current course information.

Vertical File

The Bentley Historical Library's vertical file contains clippings, photographs, pamphlets, reprints, and other miscellaneous materials relating to persons, places, organizations, and topical subjects relating to Michigan. An online index is available for searching or browsing by topic or name.