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News Stories

  • Strong as Steel

    Cornelius L. Henderson was a pioneering steel engineer and architect who helped construct two of the major Great Lakes bridge crossings between the United States and Canada.

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  • Ten Burning Buses

    One researcher is using Bentley collections to spotlight anti-civil rights terrorism – including a 1971 bus bombing in Pontiac, Michigan – and racially motivated crimes that too often went unsolved.

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  • Color Our Collections

    Every year in February, libraries, archives, and museums all over the world share free coloring pages based on the materials in their collections through an event called “Color Our Collections.” Come see what the Bentley has gathered!

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  • Athletics History is Michigan History

    Preserving sports history for past, present, and future Wolverines is a big part of the Bentley Historical Library’s work. But to keep sports history alive and accessible, the archive needs your help.

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  • Giving the Archives a Makeover

    Recently, U-M School of Information students reimagined the public spaces at the Bentley to make them more user-friendly and accessible. The project gives the archive plenty of ideas for implementation.

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  • How to Qualify as a Person

    Forty-nine years before women were granted the right to vote in the United States, a no-nonsense widow named Nannette Gardner would cast her ballot in Detroit, giving the suffrage movement a notable victory.

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  • The Unsinkable Sarah E. Ray

    In 1945, Sarah Elizabeth Ray was denied passage on a steamboat on the Detroit River because she was Black. She fought the injustice, and today her trailblazing civil rights role is being preserved — including through a new collection.

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