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New Collections

7-9-13-bentley-library-222-1Through papers, photographs, scrapbooks, yearbooks, letters, and more, the Bentley is continually adding to its vast holdings. New items are added quarterly.

Some recent accessions from the past six months are listed below, with the exception of University of Michigan record groups.

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  • John D. Dingell, Jr. papers, 1922-2017, (majority of material found within 1955-2014)

    511 linear feet (in 511 boxes), 136.4 GB (online), 2 oversize items (framed)

    John Dingell, Jr. was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan and longest-serving member in congressional history, 1955-2015. Dingell was the son of John Dingell, Sr. (Democratic congressman from Michigan’s 15th district, 1933-1955), and husband of Debbie Dingell, who succeeded him as Representative of Michigan’s 12th district in 2015. The collection documents John Dingell, Jr.’s election campaigns and his 59-year tenure in Congress. Records include legislative files, correspondence, speeches, scrapbooks, press clippings, photographs, and audiovisual materials.

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  • Avery Hopwood and Jule Hopwood Prizes (University of Michigan) winning manuscripts, 1898, 1931-2019

    119 linear feet (in 120 boxes containing approximately 1,338 bound volumes and a card index)

    Winning manuscripts of the University of Michigan’s Avery Hopwood and Jule Hopwood Prizes, a creative writing scholarship program at the University of Michigan. The manuscripts, dated 1931-2019, are bound in volumes according to the corresponding competition category, and accompanied by an author index.

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  • Robert A. Martin papers, 1963-2007, undated

    0.5 linear feet (in 2 boxes)

    The University of Michigan Professor Emeritus of English whose area of expertise included Arthur Miller. Topical files containing correspondence, clippings, notes, and publications associated with various American figures. Also included are 14 sound recordings consisting of lectures delivered by and about, as well as interviews with, Miller.

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  • Harold R. Johnson papers, 1957-2011 (majority of material found within 1969-1995)

    0.9 linear feet, 1 volume

    Dean Emeritus of the School of Social Work, Professor Emeritus of Social Work, and Professor Emeritus of Health Behavior and Health Education. Dr. Harold R. Johnson was also one of the first Black Deans at the University of Michigan. Includes correspondence, reports, and topical files related to Johnson’s academic and professional career.

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  • Stanley G. Fontanna scrapbook, 1913-1919

    1 volume

    Scrapbook, 1913-1919, of Stanley G. Fontanna, documenting his time as University of Michigan student and track and field athlete, 1913-1917; and his service in the U.S. Army, 1918-1919.

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  • William J. Johnson papers, 1953-2015 and undated

    23.6 linear feet (in 25 boxes), additional 4 oversize boxes, and 306.94 MB (online)

    Landscape architect, University of Michigan Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture, and Dean Emeritus of the School of Natural Resources. The collection includes correspondence, notes, photographic material, project files, publications, reports, reference and research files, teaching materials, and topical files.

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  • June Manning Thomas papers, 1951-2021 (majority of material found within 1990-2010)

    2.5 linear feet, 2 oversize boxes, 1.38 GB (online)

    Dr. June Manning Thomas is a Black University of Michigan alum (Ph.D. 1977) and the Mary Frances Berry Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Urban Planning, and the Centennial Professor Emerita of Urban and Regional Planning. The collection includes biographical and teaching material, interview notes and related material, papers, presentations, publications, reports, and topical files.

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  • Chris Rizik papers, 2000-2015

    34.7 MB (online)

    Chris Rizik is a Michigan-based venture capitalist and former attorney. The collection includes legal documents, strategic planning notes, and presentation materials outlining the formation, strategies, and dissolution of the Ann Arbor, MI-based venture capital fund Ardesta, LLC. The collection’s focus is Ardesta’s interest in microsystem development.

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  • Ian Bund papers, 1969-2019.

    11.4 linear feet

    Venture capital professional who was involved with numerous, often Michigan-based, venture capital limited partnerships, companies, and corporations, including Doan Associates, Innovation Capital, the Michigan Investment Fund L.P. (MIF), MBW Venture Partners Limited Partnership (MBW), and the Plymouth and White Pines families of funds. The collection includes correspondence, financial records, presentations, reports, speaking and teaching material, and topical files.

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  • John Spencer Curtis papers, 1899-1967

    0.33 linear feet, 2 oversize volumes, 1 artifact

    Scrapbooks include clippings, photographs of the University of Michigan football players and games and other sports, dance cards, programs and other material for musical and theatrical performances, fraternity events, and other campus activities; material related to Marthae “Mattie’ Gibson, from Pueblo Colorado high school and the University of Colorado; also includes miscellaneous papers related to Curtis’ later business career and work with the University of Michigan Alumni Association.

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  • Women’s March (Ann Arbor, Mich.) photograph collection, January 21, 2017

    1.34 GB (online)

    Ann Arbor, Michigan, protest march that was part of the 2017 Women’s March. The collection consists of digital photographs of the march.

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  • Sophia Holley Ellis papers, 1946-2007 (scattered), 2016-2018

    1 linear foot, 4 oversize volumes, 1 digital audio file (online)

    Sophia Holley Ellis is a Black University of Michigan graduate (BA 1949, MS 1950, MA 1964) and Detroit, Michigan teacher. She primarily taught for Detroit Public Schools (DPS), notably as a German teacher at Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School. The collection includes biographical and graduation materials, clippings, an oral history, a photograph album, papers, publications, and scrapbooks.

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  • Michigan Affordability and Advocacy Coalition (University of Michigan) records, 2018

    75.9 MB (online)

    University of Michigan student organization that advocates on issues relating to food security, health, housing, and workers’ rights. Consists of two versions of the crowdsourced publication, “Being Not-Rich at UM: A Guide” as well as a related “Chronicle of Higher Education” article about the guide.

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  • Barbara Aziz broadcasts collection, 1988-2014

    868 digital audio files (online), 0.1 linear feet

    Dr. Barbara Nimri Aziz is a Canadian-American author, anthropologist, and journalist. She founded Radio Tahrir, which broadcasted regularly from circa 1990-2013 over New York City’s WBAI Radio. Radio Tahrir was the first radio program in the United States to focus on a wide range of topics pertaining to different Arab and Muslim communities across the world. The materials in this collection are dated from 1988-2014 and include broadcast episodes and episode segments as well as commentaries, documentaries, interviews, news reports, and literary recitations.

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  • Irving Tobocman papers, 1955-2017

    4 linear feet, 114 tubes (architectural drawings)

    Irving Tobocman (1933-2017) was a University of Michigan alum and Birmingham, Michigan, architect whose Bauhaus-influenced works—while primarily concentrated in the Metro Detroit area—can be found throughout the world. Tobocman was active from circa 1956 to 2017. The collection documents Tobocman’s professional career designing commercial, religious, and residential buildings, and includes architectural drawings, contracts, correspondence, legal documents, notes, photographs, publications, reports, and specifications.

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  • Division of Public Safety & Security (University of Michigan) records, 2006-2020

    115.3 MB (online)

    Founded in 1970 as the Safety Department, the Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) is the University of Michigan’s public safety and law enforcement unit. The collection consists of Clery Act reports from 2006-2020 (with gaps).

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  • Lynn Jondahl papers, 1997-2011

    1 MB (online)

    United Church of Christ minister, activist, public servant, and former Michigan House Representative (D). This collection documents actions of the independent nonprofit Michigan Prospect for Renewed Citizenship circa 1997-2002, of which Jondahl was executive director.

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  • Joe Knollenberg papers, 1993-2008

    11 linear feet and 5.30 GB (online)

    Michigan Republican congressman representing first the 11th, then the 9th Congressional district, 1993-2008. Records detail his work on the House Appropriations Committee, legislation files, subject files, correspondence, press releases, clippings, and videotapes and DVDs; many relating to such issues as energy and transportation policy, foreign policy, and the U.S. budget.

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  • Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (University of Michigan) records, 2018-2019

    114.64 MB (online)

    Founded in Fall 2016, the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (ODEI) is a University of Michigan unit that oversees and evaluates the implementation of the university’s five-year strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion. ODEI is led by the Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer and houses several other offices and programs, including the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI), Wolverine Pathways, and the Center for Educational Outreach. The collection consists of annual progress reports.

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  • Midwest Asian American Student Union (University of Michigan) records, circa 2012-2013

    110.76 MB (online)

    Non-profit, activist organization that supports, empowers, and facilitates communication among Asian American students and student organizations in the American Midwest. The University of Michigan has periodically hosted MAASU’s spring conference since 1991. The collection includes financial records, lists, meeting minutes and notes, digital photographs, and schedules.

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