The Bentley Historical Library will be closed on Monday, September 2 in observance of Labor Day. Regular hours will resume on September 3 at 9:00 a.m.

News & Features

The Bentley Historical Library is a place both of rich heritage and new discoveries. Those who use our collections—historians, students, the avidly curious, and more—know that there are stories behind every photograph, every letter, every book. Come read about our treasures: in the archive, on display, and on stage through talks and lectures.

News Stories

  • Behind the Camera in Detroit and Beyond

    Filmmaker Sue Marx has Emmys and an Academy Award to her name, and as her new collection at the Bentley shows, she’s never forgotten her roots in Detroit or the truth about what makes a good story. Read more about Marx’s pioneering career and her incredible contribution to the Bentley.

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  • Negotiating Angell

    Though lauded as one of the most influential presidents ever to helm U-M, James B. Angell was not keen on Michigan at first. It took two years, three offers, and a barrage of letters, telegrams, queries, and concessions to lure the beloved ‘Prexy’ to Ann Arbor. Newly digitized papers at the Bentley tell the story.

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