By order of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Bentley is closed to the public and staff through April 13.

We will be unable to respond to requests or fulfill orders until the governor’s orders are lifted.

Please see our full closure announcement here.

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  • Bentley Historical Library Closed to Public

    By order of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Bentley Historical Library is closed to the public and staff must remain at home through April 13th. The library will be unable to process research requests or duplication orders until staff return to on-site work. Please see the full announcement for more details.

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  • An Act of Conscience

    Jerald F. terHorst was President Ford’s press secretary for a scant matter of weeks. He handed in his resignation after Ford issued a pardon to Richard Nixon, but his collection indicates there’s more to the story than just a political disagreement.

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  • Postcards from the Edge

    Inside the Bentley Historical Library’s vast postcard collection are pictures and missives from U-M spanning the centuries. We pulled out a few postcards, and their accompanying messages, to take you back to U-M’s bygone years.

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  • Co-Education at Michigan

    One hundred and fifty years ago, Madelon Stockwell became the first woman to attend the University of Michigan, but she did not arrive at this achievement in isolation. Explore our digital exhibit celebrating the anniversary of the admission of women to U-M.

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  • Coeducation for Democracy

    As U-M marks the 150th anniversary of the admission of women, the Bentley invites the public to a lecture by Andrea L. Turpin, Associate Professor of History at Baylor University, for her talk “Coeducation for Democracy: The Changing Moral Vision for Educating the Sexes at the University of Michigan, 1870–1920.”

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  • Constructing Gender

    We invite you to step back in time to learn what the League and Union buildings looked like when they were built, and why. A new online Bentley exhibit explores how these buildings not only reflected the era’s ideas about gender roles but also sometimes perpetuated them.

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  • Grand History in the Making

    Sandwiched between Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas is a legendary hotel with more than 130 years of memorable moments. The Bentley Historical Library has partnered with the Grand Hotel to digitize, conserve, and preserve thousands of photos from the hotel’s history. Enjoy this slideshow of some of our favorite snapshots.

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