Bentley Historical Library
The Library holds the University’s archives and an unparalleled collection documenting the history of the state of Michigan, as well as many other materials of historical significance. Holdings include more than 30,000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts, 57,000 printed volumes, 1.5 million photographs and other visual materials, and more than 10,000 maps.
Stories of the Staff
For 200 years, staff members have made the University of Michigan work. Learn about the contributions of staff members, current and past, as told through stories, photos, anecdotes, reflections, video and more.
University of Michigan Bicentennial
The University of Michigan celebrated its bicentennial in 2017. Michigan’s impact has been large and, after 200 years, the anniversary explored this distinguished past with an eye on U-M’s third century.
The University of Michigan, An Encyclopedic Survey
The definitive, multi-part history of the University. More than 400 entries relate the history of U-M’s many schools, colleges, departments, programs, organizations, and buildings, as well as the eras of each U-M president. Research for the project began in 1937, when U-M celebrated its 100th year in Ann Arbor. The results were published in four hardbound volumes from 1942 to 1958. In the 1970s and early ’80s, many new and updated entries were published. The full Survey has been digitized and put online.
Click here to read the Survey’s table of contents.
A complementary Bicentennial Edition of the Survey updates entries through the 2010s.
Faculty History Project
A unique and comprehensive database documenting the lives and academic achievements of thousands of Michigan professors dating to the University’s earliest days.
Michigan in the World
Michigan in the World: Local and Global Stories features online, public exhibitions of research conducted by undergraduate students about the history of U-M and its relationships with the wider world.