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  • Bentley Access Updates

    The Bentley Historical Library is open by appointment to the public. We ask that you familiarize yourself with our research procedures to keep everyone safe. Click “Complete Story” below to get all the information you need to conduct your research.

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  • A Shooting at the U.S. Capitol

    What started as a routine day in the House of Representatives ended with one congressman being given a 50-50 chance at survival.

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  • Collecting During Covid-19

    How the Bentley archived the pandemic in real-time.

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  • Let it Snow!

    Winter in Michigan is a singular experience. These archived images from across the state may have you lacing up your boots – or grabbing your sled – to enjoy the great outdoors this time of year.

  • A Conversation with Willis C. Patterson

    In this conversation with Willis C. Patterson, the Bentley Historical Library discusses his life of music, art, and advocacy and celebrates his donation of papers to the University’s official archive. Please enjoy this recording of the September 2020 event.

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  • Help the Bentley Archive U-M’s Pandemic Experiences

    To document the different experiences of the University of Michigan community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bentley Historical Library is encouraging University of Michigan community members–including students, staff, and faculty, on campus and at Michigan Medicine–to document their personal experiences during the coronavirus outbreak and contribute them to the University Archives. When future students, scholars,… Complete Story

  • 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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