The Bentley will be closed for the Holiday Recess from December 24th through January 1st.

Regular hours will resume Wednesday, January 2nd.

Donate Your Archives


You’re in expert hands.

For more than 80 years, the Bentley Historical Library has collected documents, films, photographs, and other historical records related to the state of Michigan and the University of Michigan. The Bentley is now one of the leading archives in the United States, with a global reputation as a premier research institution. The Library features almost 11,000 archival collections from individual and organizational donors.

Be part of the future of Michigan’s Past

More than 11,200 donors have entrusted us with their unique materials. More collections are added every week. Your archives can find a home at the Bentley Historical Library, where we’ve been preserving history since 1935.

Ready to learn more? Contact us!

For materials that are related to the University of Michigan
Call Aprille McKay at 734-936-1346 or email

For materials that are related to people or institutions in the State of Michigan
Call Mike Smith at 734-764-3482 or email

If you’re a U-M unit looking to donate U-M specific papers or materials, please visit our Records Management for U-M Units page for more information.

Best Practices for Building Your Own Archive

If you’re interested in creating an archive, personal or public, here are some best practices to help you get started:
Creating audio files
Digitizing photographs and textual documents
Naming directories and files
Selecting sustainable, preservation-quality file formats
Best practices for producing high-quality PDF files