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News & Features

The Bentley Historical Library is a place of rich heritage and new discoveries. Come read about our treasures: in the archive, on display, and through the lens of our experts.

News Stories

  • Beyond These Hallowed Halls

    In 1899, Oscar W. Baker Sr. was accepted into the University of Michigan Law School, becoming the 100th African American student to attend U-M. After graduation, Baker would make remarkable contributions and achievements working for racial and social justice.

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  • The Improbable Herpetologist

    Frogs, salamanders, and lizards, oh my! In the early 20th century, Helen Thompson Gaige defied gender stereotypes by becoming an expert in zoology and launching herself into adventures to collect and study specimens. Her one-of-a-kind legacy endures in the archive.

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