Alumni Files Index, 1841-1968

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The University of Michigan Alumni Files Index, formerly known as the Necrology File, was compiled by the Office of Alumni Records and its predecesors. The Bentley received the index in 1995 from U-M Development System Services under its original name, Necrology File. It includes files on nearly all students who attended the university. This index covers the portion of the file including students who died prior to 1965. Files may include nothing more than the student's registration cards, but may also include notices and articles that appeared in the Michigan Alumnus Magazine, obituaries and newspaper articles and correspondence with the Alumni Office or the Alumus Magazine.

The index entry includes the student's last name, first name, middle name or initial, date of death (if known), graduation date or years of attendance for non-graduates, and academic college or department. Married women are listed under both their maiden and married names.

The Bentley Historical Library houses the Alumni files,1845-1978. The Alumni Files record group contains individual files on former students attending or graduating from the University of Michigan. Arranged in three records series: Alphabetical, 1845-1946 (860 boxes), Numeric, 1947-1964/65 (1000 boxes); and Entity ID, 1965-1978 (210 boxes). The Alumni Files were received by the Bentley in 2005.

The Bentley Historical Library also houses the Alumni Association (University of Michigan) records, 1859-1998. The Alumni Association Records include correspondence files, minutes, reports, and files on local chapters, survey responses, records of the Alumnae Council and Society of Alumni, photographs collected for use in the Alumnus Magazine and audio- and videotapes. Finding aid is available online:

Codes for academic department are:

a = College of LS&A
e = College of Engineering & Architecture
m = Medical School
l = Law School
p = Pharmacy College
h = Homeopathic Medical School
d = Dental School
g = Graduate School
h = Honorary degree