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.

To search for specific materials in the Bentley, please use the U-M Library Search catalog.

For more information on donating your materials to the Bentley Historical Library, please see our Donate Your Archives page.

  • Josh Mack papers, 1957-2019 (bulk 1968-1999)

    0.80 linear feet

    Papers of Josh Mack, an African American education specialist, civic leader, and former Detroit Board of Education member. The collection includes biographical materials, articles and press releases, correspondence (including some from former Michigan politicians), curriculum guidelines from the Wayne County Attention Centers, a small amount of photographs, an audio recording of a Testimonial event, a digital file comprising of several television interviews and news clips, and other collected materials pertaining to Mack’s professional career and civic duties.

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  • Harold Dunbar Corbusier papers, 1883-1979 (bulk 1900-1902)

    2. 4 linear feet and 1 oversize folder

    An orthopedic surgeon in the United States Army, author, inventor, and University of Michigan alumnus (B.S. and M.D. 1899). Corbusier served in the China Relief Expedition, the Philippines Campaign, the Mexican Border War, and World War I.  The collection contains biographical information, correspondence, writings by Corbusier, collected articles and clippings, photographs and glass plate lantern slides, loose scrapbook materials, and a photo album. Materials document Corbusier’s experiences during the China Relief Expedition, the Mexican Border War, the Philippines Campaign, and World War I. The collection also contains a small amount of materials focusing on his time as a student at the University of Michigan, as well as to his medical and military careers.

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  • Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (Ann Arbor, Mich.) records, 1963-2017 (bulk 1990-2010)

    38 linear feet and  257.6 MB (online)

    Community organization awarding grants and scholarships to support civic initiatives in the Ann Arbor, MI area.  The collection includes administrative records, grant files, scholarship records, and photographs.

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  • Dominic Capeci Detroit Oral History Project collection, 1978-2019 (bulk 1978-2000)

    27.64 GB (online)

    Professor of African American History at Missouri State University and expert on the Detroit race riot of 1943 and race relations in Detroit during World War II. Oral history interviews and autobiographical information about Capeci.

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  • Clarence C. Miller letters, 1919

    1 page

    Miller served in 339th Infantry Regiment during the Polar Bear Expedition to North Russia. The collection includes photocopies of two letters published in a local newspaper (newspaper title unidentified)

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  • Alpha Kappa Alpha, Beta Eta Chapter (University of Michigan) records, 1916-2018 (bulk dates 1933-1997)

    2 linear feet, 461.4 MB (online)

    University of Michigan chapter of the historically black sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha. The collection includes photographs, event flyers, news articles, yearbook clippings, and documents tracing chapter history.

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  • Islamophobia Working Group (University of Michigan) records, 2015-2019

    266.4 MB (online) and 1 archived website

    Group of University of Michigan students, faculty, and staff studying how Islamophobia affects campus climate and working to create a safe and inclusive community for all community members impacted by Islamophobia.

    Reports, email correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, student resources, photographs, project files, and an archived website.

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  • Maxine L. Berman papers, 1968-2017 (scattered dates)

    1 linear foot and 1 oversize folder

    Materials surrounding the career of Jewish American politician, women’s rights advocate, and the University of Michigan alumna (1968) Maxine L. Berman who served in the Michigan House of Representatives between 1982 and 1996.

    The collection contains biographical information, correspondence, legislative documents, collected publications, speeches, an audio recording of an interview, and other materials on subjects such as women’s health and reproductive rights, education reform, civil rights, election law, and fiscal concerns.

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  • Rob St. Mary papers, 1987-2016

    3 linear feet

    Detroit-area radio journalist, film producer, musician, and author of “The Orbit Magazine Anthology”, a book exploring Detroit alternative magazine culture in the 1990s. The collection includes St. Mary’s scripts and other writing, video and sound recordings, and media clippings.

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  • Joseph Vining papers, 1953-2012

    59 linear feet and 3.71 GB (online)

    Professor at the University of Michigan Law School from 1969 to 2009, fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and prominent legal scholar on a variety of topics including animal law, administrative law, and legal philosophy.  The collecyion includes Vining’s personal papers, correspondence, speeches, writings, and topical files.

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  • Lawrence S. Jackier papers, 1985-2017 (bulk 2002-2008)

    0.8 linear feet (in two boxes)

    Materials surrounding the philanthropic career of prominent metropolitan Detroit attorney, Jewish community leader, and University of Michigan alumnus (LSA, 1964) Lawrence S. Jackier. The collection primarily contains annual reports, correspondence, meeting materials, programs, publications, and other materials from Jackier’s presidency with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and his tenure with the Technion Institute’s International Board of Governors. The collection also contains materials pertaining to Jackier’s accolades, and his affiliation with other organizations addressing the concerns of the Detroit Jewish community and the state of Israel.

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  • Carl M. Levin papers, 1938-2015 (bulk 1964-2015)

    1116.5 linear feet (in 1122 boxes), 1.06 TB (online), 2 archived websites (online)

    Democratic senator from Michigan, 1979-2015. The collection documents Carl M. Levin’s 36-year career in the U.S. Senate including his service on the Senate Armed Service Committee, Government and Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Great Lakes Task Force, among other leadership positions. Papers include correspondence, speeches, writings, newspaper clippings, legislative and committee files, campaign materials, photographs, audiovisual materials, and other records documenting his personal life and political career.

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  • Leonard W. Wells photograph collection, circa 1906-1923 (bulk 1906-1910)

    0.3 linear feet

    Timekeeper for the construction of the Michigan Central Railway Tunnel. The collection is comprised of photographs and photographic postcards featuring pictures taken by Wells of the various stages of construction of the tunnel, which opened in 1910 and allowed for a more efficient method of transporting rail cars between Detroit and Windsor.

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  • Francis X. Blouin papers, 1975-2017

    2 linear feet

    Archivist, historian, professor of history and information at the University of Michigan, and director of the Bentley Historical Library from 1981 to 2013. The materials in the collection relate to Blouin’s career at the Bentley, faculty work at the University of Michigan, and various professional activities.

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  • Bidwell family scrapbooks, 1909-2015 (bulk 1936-1947)

    3 volumes and 0.3 linear feet

    Scrapbooks of the University of Michigan students Betty Lou Bidwell Morris (Literature, Science, and the Arts, Class of 1947), and her parents Howard King Bidwell (Engineering and Architecture, Class of 1924) and Ruth Loella Kinney Bidwell, (Literature, Science, and the Arts, Class of 1924). The scrapbooks contain photographs, dance cards, grade reports, identifications, membership cards, and registration cards, announcements, certificates, invitations, programs, newsletters, and letters. Also, Betty Lou’s scrapbook of alumnae and reunion material having to do with the Betsy Barbour Buds. Materials relate to the Bidwells’ student lives, family lives, and social activities, as well as World War II.

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  • Alpha Phi Alpha, Epsilon Chapter (University of Michigan) photographs collection

    0.3 linear feet and 5.5 MB (in Image Bank)

    The fifth chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity for African American college students. Epsilon Chapter was established at the University of Michigan in April 1909.  The collection includes photographs taken at the University of Michigan depict men and women posing in front of the East Catherine Street house as well an interior shot, both circa 1910. Photographs originally taken in New York State and in Chicago, Illinois depict unidentified males circa 1900-1915.

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  • Edmund B. Tucker papers, 1912-1916 (with gaps)

    0.1 linear feet

    Edmore, Mich. farmer. Postcard from Tucker, dated July 25, 1912, offering his body for scientific purposes to the Medical Department of the University of Michigan and a transcript of the same. Also, photocopies from the ledger of the University of Michigan Anatomical Donations Program records (located at the Bentley Historical Library) which show his body was received on December 4, 1914; and a photocopy of Tucker’s death certificate from Montcalm County.

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  • Black Student Union (University of Michigan) records, 1969-2017 (bulk 1987-2008)

    4.8 linear feet (in 6 boxes)

    Student organization at the University of Michigan established in 1968 for students of African descent. The materials in the collection include minutes, correspondence, agendas, officer reports and topical files on issues including the Michigan Mandate and the 2000 Michigamua protest. The collection also contains photographs, audio/visual recordings, and event flyers.

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  • Tann family papers, 1937-1981 and 2018 (bulk 1937-1947)

    0.3 linear feet and 3.9 MB (online)

    Tann family is a Michigan Jewish family. The Tann family had relatives in Czechoslovakia and Hungary during World War II, the Tennenabum family, who hoped to travel to the United States to escape Nazi persecution. The collection includes biographical information, and original and digitized English translations of correspondence between family members. Many of the letters discuss the political situation in Europe following the Nazi annexation of Czechoslovakia and family’s attempts to obtain visas to travel to the United States. Original material is in Czech, Hungarian, and Slovak, with digitized English translations.

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  • Frederick C. Matthaei, Jr. papers, 1902-2013 (bulk 1950-2000)

    24 linear feet, 2 oversize boxes, 1 oversize scrapbook, and 2.20 GB (online)

    Prominent Detroit area businessman and University of Michigan alumnus who served as Regent from 1967-1968. Leader in efforts to bring the Olympic Games to Detroit from the 1950s through the mid-1970s. The collection includes correspondence, meeting minutes, memoranda, reports, financial documents, and photographs.  Also, a digitized recording of Detroit’s presentation to the U.S. Olympic Committee in New York on March 18, 1963.

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