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News Stories

  • “Segregation Scholarships”

    During the 1930s and beyond, “segregation scholarships” gave African American graduate students from southern states the opportunity to come north to study. Read more about one researcher’s quest to learn more about the scholarships and their impact at U-M.

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  • Before the Black Action Movement

    A distinguished panel of U-M African American alumni, representatives of the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County, and the Bentley Historical Library will discuss the African American presence in Washtenaw County prior to 1970.

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  • The Mystery of the Unidentified Painting

    Who painted it? And why does the Bentley have it? One small piece of artwork frames complex issues about what happens when archival collections contain harmful or racist content. Learn more about the Bentley’s role in a campus-wide reparative curation effort.

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  • Take a Tour Inside the Archive

    Detroit news station WDIV recently visited the Bentley to see some of its treasures and to learn more about how the archive is preserving important documents in Michigan history. We invite you to join us for this behind-the-scenes tour!

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  • Discovering a Forgery

    Watch a recent discussion about how the University’s “Galileo Manuscript” came to be known as a 20th-century forgery.

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  • The Pride of Michigan

    A historian and an artist recently teamed up to create a comic book celebrating Michigan’s first-ever Pride celebration in Detroit, in 1972. “It’s my job to bring to life people we wouldn’t know about otherwise,” the author says.

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  • Bartlett Named Interim Director

    Nancy Bartlett, an archivist who has worked in various roles at the Bentley Historical Library for more than three decades, has been named the library’s interim director.

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