The Bentley Historical Library will close at 1:45 p.m. on February 28, 2024.

Bentley research accounts will be down for maintenance from March 2-3.

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News Stories

  • Wartime Football

    As U-M prepares to play its spring game, the Bentley takes a look back and how football changed in the 1940s when the U.S. was at war. 

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  • Former Senator Carl Levin Donates Archive to Bentley

    Senator Carl Levin, who served in the U.S. Senate from 1979 to 2015, has donated the collected materials from his 36 years in office to the Bentley. He is the longest-serving senator in Michigan’s history. His papers span from 1952 to 2015.

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  • Digitization of the Michigan Daily is Underway

    The Bentley Historical Library is digitizing more than 12 decades of Michigan Daily issues to make available online. The first, searchable batch of papers is already completed, with more expected in the coming months.

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  • Bentley Acquires Kevorkian Papers

    The University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library has acquired the papers of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, a controversial Detroit-area native best known for his advocacy of physician-assisted suicide and terminal patients’ “right to die.”

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  • A Wolverine at Gettysburg

    On the 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the Bentley joins ranks with Charles Frederick Taylor, a U-M student who fought on the frontlines and became a hero. The story’s complementary images showcase Civil-War-related Bentley holdings.

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  • Live as Brothers, or Die as Fools

    MLK came to Ann Arbor to speak at U-M just once, in 1962. Rarely seen documents from the Bentley Historical Library shed light on the leader’s legendary visit.

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  • Ping Pong Diplomacy and Other Research Topics

    A host of exciting topics will be the subject of investigation by Bentley research fellows, the latest group of whom was awarded more than $10,000 in collective funds to study holdings at the Library.

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