The Bentley Historical Library will close at 1:30 p.m., August 22,  and will reopen August 23, at 9:00 a.m.

Transfer archives

If you are looking to donate materials that are related to the University of Michigan, please email the University Archives at

To transfer digital files

The Bentley accepts records in digital formats, whether they have been continuously maintained in digital format since creation, or whether they have been digitized from analog formats. Tools and procedures for transferring digital files are subject to change as systems and formats continue to evolve.


To transfer paper files

  1. Identify records for transfer.
  2. Contact the archives and obtain archival-quality Paige boxes.
  3. Fill and label the boxes.
  4. Provide the Bentley with a box manifest in hard copy and via e-mail.
  5. Contact the Records Management Program at to arrange delivery of your records to the Bentley Historical Library.

How are records accessed after they are transferred to the archives?

After records are transferred to the Bentley Historical Library and processed, members of the Bentley staff can help units, departments and offices gain access to records they may need. Bentley staff are also available to help with requests origination from University units that relate to matters of general University history. Depending on the nature and complexity of the inquiry, these requests may be forwarded to the Bentley’s reference staff. The Bentley Historical Library Reference staff offers assistance in person, by phone, and by email.


What happens to records that are not transferred to the University Archives?

Certain types of records may not have long-term historical value but must still be maintained for legal or financial compliance purposes. Such records may include financial records, grant documentation, and student and personnel records. Before undertaking the long-term storage of your records, it is important to know how long records must be kept in accordance to University policy, industry standards, and legal compliance.  Any unit, department or office interested in learning more about retention requirements is encouraged to contact the program at