News Stories

  • Five Moments that Shaped U-M

    A meeting in fire-razed Detroit. Two physicists on an Ann Arbor lawn. A lone woman in a Greek class in 1866. A protest at the president’s house. The fight for gay rights. Here are five of the moments and movements that altered the course of Michigan history, and the Bentley collections that tell the story.

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  • Behind the Camera in Detroit and Beyond

    Filmmaker Sue Marx has Emmys and an Academy Award to her name, and as her new collection at the Bentley shows, she’s never forgotten her roots in Detroit or the truth about what makes a good story. Read more about Marx’s pioneering career and her incredible contribution to the Bentley.

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  • Negotiating Angell

    Though lauded as one of the most influential presidents ever to helm U-M, James B. Angell was not keen on Michigan at first. It took two years, three offers, and a barrage of letters, telegrams, queries, and concessions to lure the beloved ‘Prexy’ to Ann Arbor. Newly digitized papers at the Bentley tell the story.

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  • Angell in the 21st Century

    The newly digitized papers of U-M President James Angell showcase how he built and strengthened the University—hiring modern research faculty like philosopher John Dewey, economist Henry Carter Adams, and chemist Moses Gomberg—and served as an important adviser to other higher education leaders around the country.

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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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  • Spring 2019 Collections Magazine

    A pioneering campus activist in the #BBUM movement. Environmentalists who worked to save Michigan before anyone had heard of Earth Day. Photos of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. A critical moment in Detroit’s history. Read about all this and more in the latest issue of Collections magazine.

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  • Engaging the Archives

    Bentley Director Terry McDonald and Bentley Archivist Cinda Nofziger recently discussed the Bentley program “Engaging the Archives” during a webinar sponsored by the global library cooperative OCLC. The program is a grant-funded, five-year project that trains faculty and archivists to teach better with archival sources.

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