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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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  • Edmund Atkinson papers, 1918-1919, 1987

    7.6 MB (online)

    Detroit, Mich. native, participated in the Polar Bear Expedition in Russia. This collection includes digital copies of a photograph of Fort Custer, Mich. and letter from Atkinson’s time in Russia, as well as two clippings of his obituary.

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  • Douglas Kelbaugh papers, 1972-2019

    1 oversize box, 5 oversize folders, 210.2 MB (online)

    Known for his work in passive solar energy and urban design, Kelbaugh has taught at multiple institutions including the University of Washington and the University of Michigan (U-M). Kelbaugh was instrumental in growing U-M’s College of Architecture, has published six books and various other articles and chapters, and has served on a variety of university, state, and national boards.

    The majority of the materials in this collection are architectural drawings of various buildings designed by Kelbaugh. Other materials include photographs, charrettes from his work at the University of Washington’s Department of Architecture, articles, and a talk given by Kelbaugh summarizing his career and detailing his work in urban design and planning.

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  • Peggie J. Hollingsworth papers, 1976-2006 (bulk 1980-1997)

    4 linear feet

    University of Michigan Assistant Research Scientist Emerita. Throughout her career, she was dedicated to the issues of minority student and faculty recruitment and retention, equal pay for minority and women faculty, and was instrumental in establishing the U-M Academic Freedom Lecture series.

    The collection includes incoming and outgoing correspondence, committee communications and memoranda, Hollingsworth’s notes, reports, agenda and minutes of meetings, conference materials, and clippings of articles.

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  • George R. Cavender collection, 1965-1979 and undated (bulk 1976-1979)

    15 video recordings (12 reel-to-reel tapes, 1 U-matic videotape, 2 VHS tapes), and 3 sound recordings (3 reel-to-reel audiotapes)

    Professor Emeritus of Music (Wind instruments) at the University of Michigan. Cavender served as the Assistant Director of Bands, Director of the Marching Band, Director of the University Bands. The collection includes video and audio recordings of the University of Michigan Bands practicing and performing during football games, including Rose Bowl games and Super Bowl VII.

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  • Rodney C. Ewing papers, 1985-2011 (bulk 1995-2001)

    1.5 linear feet.

    Mineralogist and materials scientist whose research focuses on the properties of nuclear materials. Ewing is Frank Stanton Professor in Nuclear Security and a Co-director at the Center for International Security and Cooperation in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and a Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences in the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University. He is the University of Michigan Edward H. Kraus Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences, Professor Emeritus of Earth and Environmental Sciences; and Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences. He is a Regents’ Professor Emeritus at the University of New Mexico. Ewing served as president of the International Union of Materials Research Societies in 1997-1998.

    The collection includes materials related to Ewing’s activities as the IUMRS president and contains correspondence, by-laws, statutes, meeting minutes, agenda, programs, lists of members, etc. A small amount of records relate to Ewing’s teaching and research at the University of Mexico and the University of Michigan and include two video recordings of lectures and grant applications and reports.

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  • Morton Steinberg scrapbook, 1919-1923 and 1964 (bulk 1919-1923)

    1 oversize volume and 1 folder

    University of Michigan graduate (Class of 1923). Served as a lawyer for the U.S. State Department, the Department of Public Housing, the War Production Board, and Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the U.S. Steinberg’s student scrapbook contains photographs, event programs, dance cards, clippings, and ephemera. The scrapbook documents his experiences at the University of Michigan. Also included in the collection, a brief biography dated 1964 and a photocopy of an undated article by Steinberg.

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  • Life Sciences Institute records, 2001-2016 (bulk 2001-2006)

    1.7 linear feet (in 3 boxes), 1 oversize folder, 1 archived website, 1.58 GB (online)

    The Life Sciences Institute (LSI) is a University of Michigan life sciences research and education organization dedicated to “advanc[ing] the understanding of the fundamental processes of life, and to pioneer new ideas to improve human health”. The Life Sciences Institute records document the activities of the LSI and related organizations and include reports, strategic planning documentation, photographs, publications, digital audio, and video recordings, and print-outs of the LSI’s 2003 website.

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  • Alpha Phi Alpha, Theta Zeta Lambda Chapter records: Circa 1953-2019 (bulk Bulk 1970-2010)

    3 linear feet, 1 oversize folder, 1 archived website

    Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (est. 1906) is the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity that was established by and for African American men. The Theta Zeta Lambda chapter, incorporated on January 23, 1962, is an alumni chapter based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and serves the Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and larger Metro Detroit area. Watson A. Young (1915-2010) was a member of Theta Zeta Lambda and a prominent African American physician in the area. This collection primarily documents the activities of the Theta Zeta Lambda chapter in the larger Ann Arbor-Detroit area, as well as Dr. Watson A. Young’s activities as a member.

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  • Pallab Bhattacharya papers, 1983-2016

    1 linear foot

    Pallab Bhattacharya is a Distinguished University Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Department at the University of Michigan. Well-known for his breakthrough discovery of quantum dot formation, Bhattacharya’s research focuses on semiconductors and optoelectronic devices. This collection documents Bhattacharya’s work while at U-M, and includes awards, correspondence, course syllabi, assignments and examination materials, conference planning materials, patents, research proposals, and presentation materials.

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  • Don B. Chaffin papers, 1973-1974 and 1983-2012

    0.2 linear feet

    Don B. Chaffin is the Richard G. Snyder Distinguished University Professor (Emeritus) and top scholar in the field of ergonomics at the University of Michigan. The Don B. Chaffin papers document his professional efforts and primarily consist of publications, such as booklets, brochures, and periodicals. Also included are photographic material and California legislative records about ergonomics.

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  • Donald R. Shepherd papers: 1927-2018 (bulk 1970-2018)

    5.6 linear feet (in 7 boxes)

    Donald R. Shepherd (1936-) is a philanthropist, businessperson, and University of Michigan (U-M) graduate who has made several donations and scholarship endowments to both U-M and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and is an ardent supporter of both U-M athletics and the marching band. This collection contains material documenting Shepherd’s family and his professional career, as well as his philanthropical activities at the University of Michigan and UCLA. Records include correspondence, photographs and photo albums, memoranda, and awards.

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  • 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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