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“Students / Alumni” Resources

University of Michigan students or alumni are either the main focus of these resources, or the resources include material related to students and alumni in a database with other content.


  • In 1924, more than 3,000 female alumni and former students of U-M replied to an Alumnae Council survey, asking them for an update on their occupations and U-M memories dating back to 1870. You can search and view the digitized surveys.

    Go to Alumnae Survey

  • Search this database for files on alumni and former students who attended U-M and who died prior to 1965. You can request to see the entire file in our Reading Room or order a copy.

    Go to Alumni Files Index

  • Start your historical journey into U-M sports! The Bentley is the official archive for the U-M Athletic Department, and our Athletic Archivist has created searchable rosters and other online exhibits about U-M sports.

    Go to Athletics History

  • Deep Blue is the University’s institutional repository. It is digital storage for material such as articles, conference posters, theses, video, and audio recordings. U-M faculty, staff, students, departments, or units can deposit materials here, and anyone can search the database, which includes some Bentley digital collections.

    Go to Deep Blue


  • The Bentley has digitized some full collections or large segments of collections and made them available here. Examples include early records of the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies and a survey of early female graduates of the University. Check the “online content” tag for digital material dealing with more specific subjects – like our Civil War collections.

    Go to Digitized Collections

  • Many Bentley collections include photographs, maps, drawings, or other items with a strong visual element. We’ve scanned a selection of these items and shared the digital images here for online searching and download.

    Go to Image Bank




  • Many publications archived at the Bentley – for example, the Michiganensian and Ann Arbor city directories – have been scanned and added to HathiTrust. Using the HathiTrust collections linked here makes it easier to search a range of dates, rather than one year at a time.

    Go to Publications in HathiTrust

  • The Subject Guides highlight Bentley collections and items (and sometimes background information) related to different topics. They are no longer updated and may not include more recent information, but are useful for identifying different collections with material about the same area or subject.

    Go to Subject Guides


  • The vertical file contains newspaper clippings and other miscellaneous published material. They are organized according to people, places, organizations, or issues affecting the University or the state as a whole.

    Go to Vertical File

  • The Bentley has been archiving websites from the University of Michigan, as well as from individuals and organizations from around the state, since 2010. Here you can search for certain words or URLs, or browse a list of sites.

    Go to Web Archives