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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

Thousands of 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 the State of Michigan, call Michelle McClellan at 734-763-2165 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: