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Spring 2018

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  • Bentley Problem Solvers

    Whether it’s 150-year-old scrapbooks with decaying binding or collections that might have spent decades in someone’s damp basement, items in the Bentley stacks often need some TLC. Lead conservators Dianna Samuelson and Corinne Robertson explain how the Bentley’s Conservation Lab repairs and preserves items for future generations.

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  • Primary Concerns

    How a history major fell in love with primary source material and, years later, decided to support its digitization.

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  • Citizen Grain

    The Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, now the Kellogg Company, evolved from a whole-scale effort to return health and vitality to illness-plagued citizens across the country. But a bitter rivalry between brothers John Kellogg and W.K. Kellogg forever altered the business and the nature of their relationship. The Kellogg feud is documented in a new book by U-M Professor Dr. Howard Markel, who relied on the Bentley’s collections in his research.

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  • Time for Restoration

    The University’s Detroit Observatory is a physical testament to the ways in which research positively impacts Michigan. Now, this important building is getting a much needed restoration and expansion.

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  • Poetry to the People

    When he founded Broad.side Press in Detroit, Dudley Randall elevated African American voices and changed the face of literature forever.

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  • Nearly an Astronaut

    From an early age, Jane Briggs Hart was fearless and fierce. As a senator’s wife, she bucked convention again and again, eventually using her love of flying to help pave the way for women in the NASA space program.

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