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University of Michigan Information: Getting Started

Brings together numerous resources (primarily electronic) which pertain to U-M history, facts, etc.

Getting Started

This research guide is designed to provide quick links to some of the commonly sought sources of current University of Michigan information as well as to selected significant historical publications. 

For in-depth and expert assistance on any aspect of the University's history, we recommend contacting the staff at the Bentley Historical Library..  The Bentley Historical Library houses the official archives of the University of Michigan as well as materials related to the history of the state.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I find an old Michigan year book?

A complete set of the Michiganensian is at the Bentley Historical Library; online access to some of the volumes can be found via the Mirlyn catalog record.

My family member was associated with the University long ago -- how can I find out more information about him/her?

The Bentley Historical Library, as the archive of the University, is the best place to research individuals associated with the University.  Depending on the time period, extent of the involvement and other factors, there may be much or little available.

I'm looking for examples of honors theses/dissertations/ accepted at the University.

Deep Blue, the University's institutional repository is a great starting point for many types of publications created by U-M departments, units, students, faculty and staff. 

I graduated in 1974 and need copies of course descriptions/schedules/faculty directories/etc. from when I was in school...

The Bentley Historical Library, as the archive of the University, will have copies of these publications and can provide you with copies or scans of the what you need.

Does the University have people with expertise in (fill in the blank)? 

Almost certainly!  Check out Michigan Experts.

When did the Michigan Union allow women to enter through the front door?

This and many other similar questions can be easily answered through either Bentley timelines or the Encyclopedic Survey.

What stories are out there about campus? 

Check out the Heritage Project and the Bicentennial web site for interesting content. 

Library Contact

Karen A. Reiman-Sendi
The University of Michigan
208-A Hatcher Graduate Library North
913 S. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
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