The Bentley Historical Library will be closed on Monday, September 2 in observance of Labor Day. Regular hours will resume on September 3 at 9:00 a.m.

News Stories

  • “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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  • “America Back to God”

    Before televangelists and megachurches, there was John Zoller, who began preaching on the radio in 1924. By the time he died in 1979, his “America Back to God” program reached hundreds of thousands of people from places as distant as South Africa.

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  • 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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