By order of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Bentley is closed to the public and staff through April 13.

We will be unable to respond to requests or fulfill orders until the governor’s orders are lifted.

Please see our full closure announcement here.

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

  • Bentley Historical Library Closed to Public

    By order of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Bentley Historical Library is closed to the public and staff must remain at home through April 13th. The library will be unable to process research requests or duplication orders until staff return to on-site work. Please see the full announcement for more details.

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  • An Act of Conscience

    Jerald F. terHorst was President Ford’s press secretary for a scant matter of weeks. He handed in his resignation after Ford issued a pardon to Richard Nixon, but his collection indicates there’s more to the story than just a political disagreement.

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