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  • A Critical Moment in Detroit’s History

    Daniel Cherrin was at the epicenter of change in Detroit after Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick resigned. Cherrin served as communications director and press secretary under Mayor Cockrel, and his papers at the Bentley give researchers an inside look at a city and its leaders.

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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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  • Adding to a Campus Icon

    The Board of Regents recently approved design plans for a new addition to the 165-year-old Detroit Observatory. The project will add about 7,000 square feet to the second-oldest building on campus, without changing the original 1854 structure. Completion is scheduled for the fall of 2020.

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  • “Tune In” to the Vault

    Brian Williams, a Bentley assistant director and archivist, takes Deborah Holdship from Michigan Today behind the scenes and into the Vault, a restricted and locked area that holds some of U-M’s most precious artifacts. Listen in to the adventure on the podcast.

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