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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

  • After the Armistice: An American Tragedy in Russia

    The Wall Street Journal recently published the story of soldiers left fighting in Russia after World War I officially ended. The story features the Bentley’s materials on these men, which includes letters, photos, journals, and more. The soldiers would come to be known as the “Polar Bears.”

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  • All the News That’s Fit to Search

    On Monday, November 5, 2018, the Bentley Historical Library unveiled a new platform for the Detroit Jewish News Digital Archive, a free, searchable database containing more than 100 years of digital copies of the Detroit Jewish Chronicle and the Detroit Jewish News.

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