News Stories

  • Haber’s Labor: Saving the World

    In 1936, William Haber joined the faculty of the University of Michigan, where he would become a world-famous economist, author of scores of academic publications, chairman of the Economics Department (1962), and Dean of LSA (1963–1968). He would also be a champion for refugees and immigrants.

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  • Stories from Collections Magazine

    Have you read the latest issue of Collections magazine? You can browse stories online, or download the full magazine. The most recent issue features LGBTQ pioneer Ruth Ellis, code-breaking economist Ross Wilhelm, the White Panther Party, Native American soldiers, and much more.

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  • Mining for Adventure: the Story of Ocha Potter

    Ocha Potter was a global adventurer and miner, with treks that took him from Anchorage to Africa. During the Great Depression, he plotted to save the economy of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula through tourism. His full story, from wilderness to wealth, can be found in his papers at the Bentley Historical Library.

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  • Panther by the Tail

    When three members of the White Panther Party were accused of setting off bombs across Southeast Michigan in 1968, evidence of their guilt was acquired through wiretapping without a warrant. The case made it all the way to the Supreme Court and, today, collections at the Bentley document the details of this historic ruling.

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  • Will You Help Save Michigan Athletic History This #GivingBlueday?

    Michigan has a proud athletic tradition, and its winning history is preserved at the Bentley Historical Library. This #GivingBlueday, we need your help to keep Michigan’s athletic history alive and well. Will you help us give researchers access to the past so that we can preserve the future? Giving Blueday is Tuesday, November 27th.

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  • After the Armistice: An American Tragedy in Russia

    The Wall Street Journal recently published the story of soldiers left fighting in Russia after World War I officially ended. The story features the Bentley’s materials on these men, which includes letters, photos, journals, and more. The soldiers would come to be known as the “Polar Bears.”

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  • All the News That’s Fit to Search

    On Monday, November 5, 2018, the Bentley Historical Library unveiled a new platform for the Detroit Jewish News Digital Archive, a free, searchable database containing more than 100 years of digital copies of the Detroit Jewish Chronicle and the Detroit Jewish News.

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