The Bentley will be closed for the Holiday Recess from December 24th through January 1st.

Regular hours will resume Wednesday, January 2nd.

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

  • Mining for Adventure: the Story of Ocha Potter

    Ocha Potter was a global adventurer and miner, with treks that took him from Anchorage to Africa. During the Great Depression, he plotted to save the economy of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula through tourism. His full story, from wilderness to wealth, can be found in his papers at the Bentley Historical Library.

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  • Panther by the Tail

    When three members of the White Panther Party were accused of setting off bombs across Southeast Michigan in 1968, evidence of their guilt was acquired through wiretapping without a warrant. The case made it all the way to the Supreme Court and, today, collections at the Bentley document the details of this historic ruling.

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