Legal History Research at the University of Michigan
Established in 1935, the Bentley Historical Library has amassed extensive holdings on the history of the state and the University of Michigan, including 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. The Library's holdings are consulted by scholars from across the nation and around the world interested in the history of the state and the University.
The Williams L. Clements Library houses original resources for the study of American history and culture from the fifteenth through the nineteenth centuries. Its mission is to collect and preserve primary source materials, to make them available for research, and to support and encourage scholarly investigation of our nation's past.
The Gerald R. Ford Library collects, preserves, and makes accessible a rich variety of archival materials on U.S. domestic issues, foreign relations, and political affairs during the Cold War era. The Library offers exhibits, special events, education partnerships, and reference services. The 1974-1977 presidential papers of Gerald Ford and his White House staff form the core collection.
The Special Collections Library holds internationally renowned collections of books, serials, ancient and modern manuscripts, posters, playbills, photographs, and original artwork. It is home to some of the most historically significant treasures at the University of Michigan and includes in its holdings some 275,000 volumes of published books and serials, approximately 6,500 linear feet of archival material, about 450 incunabula (books produced in the earliest stages of printing from movable type), and nearly 1,400 early manuscripts on vellum and paper.