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, contact 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. The materials held in this library can be found via our Library Catalog Search but the Bentley's selection of catalogs and databases, including finding aids and guides, is a good place to browse.
The following resources are useful for getting started with locating historical information about the University of Michigan.The most comprehensive resources, both print and electronic, are available through the Bentley Historical Library.
The University is governed by the Board of Regents, which consists of eight members elected at large in biennial state-wide elections. The president of the University serves as an ex officio member of the board. The Proceedings of the Board of Regents are the permanent historical record of actions taken by the University of Michigan Board of Regents from 1837 to the present.
These proceedings and indexes to them may be found in print at the Bentley Historical Library.
Everything related to this leadership office, including a list of past presidents.
How do I find an old Michigan year book?
My family member was associated with the University long ago. How can I find out more information about this person?
The Bentley Historical Library 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. Looking at student directories may be a good first step.
I'm looking for examples of honors theses/masters 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. A sub-collection of dissertations and theses is searchable.
I graduated in 1974 and need copies of course descriptions/schedules/faculty directories/etc. from when I was in school.
The Bentley Historical Library will have copies of these publications and can provide you with copies or scans of what you need.
Does the University have people with expertise in (fill-in-the-blank subject area)?
Almost certainly! Check out Michigan Research Experts.
When did the Michigan Union allow women to enter through the front door?
What stories are out there about campus?