By order of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Bentley is closed to the public and staff through April 13.

We will be unable to respond to requests or fulfill orders until the governor’s orders are lifted.

Please see our full closure announcement here.

Paper-based records and removable media

Paper-based records and removable media should be packed carefully in archival-quality boxes with lids. Paige boxes measure 10 x 12 x 15 inches and are provided upon request at no cost. In order to keep the weight of the boxes manageable:

  • Pack boxes legal-width, rather than letter-width. 
  • Hanging file folders should be replaced with regular file folders.

To order archival-quality Paige boxes, contact

Persons, places, dates, or circumstances that seem familiar today easily fade into obscurity tomorrow. Descriptive metadata does not have to be affixed to the materials themselves but may be maintained in an appendix document. To assist in this process, units are asked to complete a box list prior to transfer.

Although not required, it is strongly recommended that units take a moment to complete a folder-level inventory. This will not only assist archivists in the eventual description of the materials when they undergo processing, but it will provide units with a stronger level of access and accountability.