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 over 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
In 2017, the University of Michigan will celebrate its bicentennial: two centuries of existence since its founding. Michigan’s impact has been large, and after two hundred years, we will commemorate a distinguished past and look forward to create an exciting future.
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. A revised and updated digital edition is being prepared in connection with the University’s bicentennial in 2017.
Click here to read the Survey’s table of contents.
Click here to reach the Survey’s search page.
Faculty History Website
A unique and comprehensive database documenting the lives and academic achievements of thousands of Michigan professors dating to the University’s earliest days.