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University of Michigan. Bentley Historical Library

1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

Email: [email protected]

Fax: 734-936-1333

Phone: 734-764-3482

Repository URL: External Link

Repository code: miuh

Repository description (CRHP): The library offers easily accessible descriptions of African American holdings; these summaries often include links to online finding aids. See

Repository description (extant): The Bentley Historical Library houses the Michigan Historical Collections, which documents the history of the state of Michigan and the activities of its people and organizations. Its rich collections draw university students, Michigan citizens, and scholars from all over the world. Situated on the North Campus of the University of Michigan, it constitutes one of the primary historical research facilities at the university and in the state of Michigan.

Founded in 1935, the Michigan Historical Collections is composed of more than 4,500 archival collections, 65,000 printed works, over 10,000 maps, and nearly 1.5 million visual images (including photographs, negatives, films, and videotapes). This is a statewide collection for Michigan covering all periods from the days of exploration through to the present, with collections drawn from each of Michigan's 83 counties.

Individuals and organizations represented in the collections have been among the most prominent in state politics, business, religion, and social and public service. Among the papers of 34 governors of the state are those of Stevens T. Mason, Frank Murphy, G. Mennen Williams, George Romney, William Milliken, James Blanchard, and John Engler. Among the papers of prominent Michigan families are those of C. W. Post and John Harvey Kellogg of Battle Creek, Dexter M. Ferry, C. L. Franklin, and Albert Kahn of Detroit, and Arthur Vandenberg of Grand Rapids. Influential organizations have donate their records here, including the Detroit Urban League, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Mothers Against Drunk Driving along with many churches, businesses, political parties, public policy associations, and immigrant groups. The collections also include the papers of many farmers laborers, teachers, architects, engineers, activists, artists, entrepreneurs, and other citizens whose work has contributed to the building of this important and diverse state. The collection ranks among the finest state historical collections in the United States.

Repository Notes (CRHP): The Bentley Historical Library also holds a number of relevant collections that include transcripts, but no recordings. These include the Helen Jackson Claytor papers, 1924-2005 (Claytor was a YWCA officer; includes photographs and treats questions of segregation in housing and education), and the Contemporary History Project (The New Left in Ann Arbor, Mich.) transcripts of oral interviews, 1978-1979.

Descriptions of African American history collections held by the University of Michigan can be found at

Two large oral history collections, of Ypsilanti and of Washtenaw County, may contain relevant material. Catalog records are attached as uploads.

Repository type: University Special Collection


Aberbach-Walker Detroit riot studies records
Arts of citizenship program
Christopher Alston papers
C. L. Franklin oral history project
All Saints Episcopal Church, Pontiac, Michigan oral history project
Ann Arbor Public Schools records
John Richard Behee sound recordings
Kellogg African American health care project records
Lola M. Jones videotapes
Mildred Ross collection
Robert L. Potts papers
Detroit Urban League records
Samuel James Eldersveld papers
Frank Murphy oral history project
Grand Valley State Colleges oral history project
Edward N. Hartwick papers
Jean McCarthy oral interview
S. C. Winter oral history collection
Dennis Sinclair papers
Robert F. Williams papers
WUOM (Radio station : Ann Arbor, Mich.). Records


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