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Magazine

bhl_bl000157_3620_3049_full__0_nativeTwice each year, the Bentley Historical Library produces Collections, a 24-page magazine dedicated to showcasing the very best of the Bentley. We welcome you to browse the full publication through our PDF reader or click through individual stories below. You can also access the magazine’s archives by clicking here. If you are interested in subscribing, please email editor Lara Zielin at laram@umich.edu.

  • No Resignation
    Spring 2020

    Renowned neuroanatomist Elizabeth Crosby was a brilliant researcher and a dedicated teacher who spoke of her many years at U-M with fondness. So what happened to make her attempt to resign numerous times over the course of her career? Letters in her collection may provide answers.

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  • Milliken in the Middle
    Spring 2020

    Michigan’s longest-serving governor was a Republican renowned for reaching across the aisle to Democratic colleagues, and for making Michigan’s environmental health a priority. His collection at the Bentley reveals a breed of politician that’s nearly extinct.

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  • Eat Your Words
    Spring 2020

    Writer James Tobin goes deep into the newly arrived Zingerman’s collection to understand how co-founder Ari Weinzweig’s on-paper voice helped a fledgling eatery define itself and stand out.

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  • The Pond Brothers and Democratic Architecture
    Spring 2020

    The newly renovated Michigan Union highlights the remarkable lives of the building’s architects, Irving and Allen Pond. But their vision for democratic architecture wasn’t fully realized until long after they were gone.

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  • All Aboard!
    Spring 2020

    Michigan’s railroad history comes to life as we choo-choo-choose images from an extraordinary collection.

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  • “Our Handsomest Girls are Men”
    Spring 2020

    A class at the University of Michigan uses Bentley materials to teach students about U-M’s history of female impersonators.

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  • Food at U-M: Then and Now
    Spring 2020

    A U-M class uses Bentley archival materials to give students a first-hand look — and taste — of what meals were like on campus 100 years ago.

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