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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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  • 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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  • Michigan Media (University of Michigan) records, 2016-2019

    302 video recordings (online)

    Established in 2012 and housed within the Office of the Vice President for Communications, Michigan Media is the video production unit of the University of Michigan. In addition to producing creative and instructional videos, Michigan Media also offers event coverage services.Records consist of digital video recordings of University of Michigan events–such as lectures and lecture series, conferences, and commencement ceremonies–that occurred during the Fall 2016 through Fall 2019 terms. The collection does not include recordings of events that occurred during the spring-summer terms.

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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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