The Bentley Historical Library will be closed for the day on Memorial Day – May 27, 2024



A New Universe of ResearchBlack and white photo of the Detroit Observatory circa 1875

In the late 1800s, new technologies revolutionized astronomy. But U-M missed out – that is, until William Hussey returned to campus. Learn about the ways in which the University of Michigan returned to the forefront of astronomical research.




Willis Ward: More Than the GameWillis Ward runs with the ball during football practice

Willis Ward is indelibly identified with the 1934 University of Michigan vs. Georgia Tech football game in Ann Arbor, during which he was infamously benched for being Black. This exhibit goes beyond the game into his rich life and legacy.




As to the Woman Question: The Admission of Women to the University of Michigan

One hundred and fifty years ago, Madelon Stockwell became the first woman to attend the University of Michigan, but she did not arrive at this achievement in isolation. These are the stories of the pioneering women who proved they belonged at U-M too.




Constructing Gender: The Origins of Michigan’s Union and League

Gender differences are literally built into the architecture of the Michigan Union and League buildings. This digital exhibit explores the ways the in which the University envisioned separate zones of campus for men and women in the early twentieth century.