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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.

  • Challenging the Interpretations of the Past
    Winter 2021

    When the name of a building or statue is challenged, some worry that the past will be hidden, changed, or damaged, but this is not true. What is being challenged is only an interpretation of the past.

    Complete Story
  • An Arctic Escape
    Winter 2021

    With the world watching, two pilots went down over Greenland in 1928. Their rescue would hinge on William Hobbs, a professor-turned-adventurer leading U-M’s Greenland Expedition.

    Complete Story
  • In the Footsteps of Hobbs
    Winter 2021

    A U-M research team travels to Greenland to study global warming and follow the pioneering footsteps of U-M Professor William Hobbs.

    Complete Story
  • Filling in the Silences
    Winter 2021

    Incarcerated individuals are some of the last people to have their stories and experiences archived. The Bentley is working to change that by partnering with U-M researchers on a new initiative.

    Complete Story
  • Total Eclipse of the Sun
    Winter 2021

    In the summer of 1878, U-M Professor James Watson headed west to observe a solar eclipse, confident he would find a new planet. Instead, he discovered the limitations of science in the late-1800s and the fine line separating fascination and folly.

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  • Bridge the Gap
    Winter 2021

    The plan to build a bridge across the Straits of Mackinac began in earnest in the 1880s. But it wasn’t until 1954 that construction began on the Mackinac Bridge. What happened in the interim?

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  • Lifting His Voice
    Winter 2021

    Willis C. Patterson’s newly donated papers at the Bentley document a tireless fight for African American music to take its rightful place in the vocal canon.

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