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.

Please email bentley.ref@umich.edu with requests during that time.

News Stories

  • Scratching the Surface

    To write his new memoir, multimedia journalist and educator Harvey Ovshinsky had to research his own collection at the Bentley.

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  • When Every Box is the Last Box

    How students and faculty from U-M’s History Department collaborated with Bentley archivists to find creative ways to produce a successful research project, even without physical access to archival materials.

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  • Spooky Slideshow

    To get you into the Halloween spirit, we are delighted to share a handful (er, claw-full?) of odd and creepy images from various Bentley collections. Grab some candy corn and enjoy!

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  • A Shooting at the U.S. Capitol

    What started as a routine day in the House of Representatives ended with one congressman being given a 50-50 chance at survival.

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  • Collecting During Covid-19

    How the Bentley archived the pandemic in real-time.

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  • Let it Snow!

    Winter in Michigan is a singular experience. These archived images from across the state may have you lacing up your boots – or grabbing your sled – to enjoy the great outdoors this time of year.

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  • A Conversation with Willis C. Patterson

    In this conversation with Willis C. Patterson, the Bentley Historical Library discusses his life of music, art, and advocacy and celebrates his donation of papers to the University’s official archive. Please enjoy this recording of the September 2020 event.

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