Bentley Archives (UM)



About Them:

The Bentley Historical Library is a research library and archives located at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was established in 1935 and named after former Michigan governor and U.S. Senator, Philo Parsons Bentley. The library’s mission is to collect, preserve, and make available the historical records of the University of Michigan, including the records of its students, faculty, staff, departments, and academic and administrative units.

The library’s collections are diverse and include books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, and audio and video materials. Some of the library’s most significant collections include the records of the University of Michigan, the papers of Michigan governors and U.S. senators, the records of Michigan-based businesses and organizations, and the archives of the Michigan Alumnus magazine.

The Bentley Historical Library also provides research and reference services to support the use of its collections, and it offers educational programs, exhibitions, and other public events to help promote the understanding and appreciation of the history of the University of Michigan and the state of Michigan. The library’s website provides access to its collections, including finding aids and digital collections, as well as information about its services and events.


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