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Arthur H. Vandenberg papers, 1884-1974 (majority within 1915-1951)

8 linear feet (on 11 microfilm rolls) — 25 volumes — 20 phonograph records — 1 film reel — 1 audiotape (reel-to-reel tapes)

Republican U.S. Senator from Michigan; advocate of the United Nations and bipartisan foreign policy. Correspondence, scrapbooks, diaries, and visual materials.

The Arthur H. Vandenberg collection consists of 8 linear feet of materials (available on microfilm), 25 volumes of scrapbook/journals, and assorted audio and visual materials. The collection covers Vandenberg's entire career with a few folders of papers post-dating his death in 1951 relating to the dedication of memorial rooms in his honor in the 1970s. The collection is divided into four major series: Correspondence; Speeches; Campaign and Miscellaneous Topical; Clippings, Articles, and Scrapbooks; Miscellaneous and Personal; Visual Materials; and Sound Recordings.


Harry Burns Hutchins papers, 1879-1930

22 linear feet

Professor of law and president of the University of Michigan. Papers include correspondence, reports, and speeches relating to all aspects of his University activities; and visual materials.

The Harry B. Hutchins papers cover the years 1879 through 1929, and include records generated during his years as professor and dean of the law department, President of the University of Michigan, and in retirement. Boxes 1-18 are primarily comprised of correspondence. Reports of the departments, schools, and other units of the university are contained in box 19, folders 30-32, and box 20, folders 1-13. As president, Hutchins did not regularly submit annual reports to the Board of Regents. Additional materials include speeches, photographs, and biographical material.


I. Leo. Sharfman papers, 1914-1962

11 linear feet — 2.1 GB (online)

Professor of economics at University of Michigan, referee with National Railroad Adjustment Board, member and chairman of various emergency and arbitration boards under Railroad Labor Act. Professional papers largely concerning his work toward the settlement of labor disputes, the publication of his books, his work on establishing a Zionist movement in Michigan, 1914-1918, especially in correspondence with Louis D. Brandeis and Horace M. Kallen; and photographs.

The Sharfman papers have been arranged into the following series: Correspondence; Professional activities; Writings; Addresses and Lectures; Other activities and interests; and University of Michigan.


Lawrence S. Jackier papers, 1985-2017 (majority within 2002-2008)

0.8 linear feet (in two boxes)

Materials surrounding the philanthropic career of prominent metropolitan Detroit attorney, Jewish community leader, and University of Michigan alumnus (LSA, 1964) Lawrence S. Jackier. The collection primarily contains annual reports, correspondence, meeting materials, programs, publications, and other materials from Jackier's presidency with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and his tenure with the Technion Institute's International Board of Governors. The collection also contains materials pertaining to Jackier's accolades, and his affiliation with other organizations addressing the concerns of the Detroit Jewish community and the state of Israel.

The papers of Lawrence S. Jackier primarily focus on his philanthropic efforts through the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and his leadership at the Technion Institute (Israel's first university). This includes annual reports, meeting and speech materials, magazine and newspaper articles, event programs such as his 2004 honorary doctorate conferment at the Institute and other materials.

Of a particular note are correspondence and acknowledgements from notable members within and outside of the Jewish community congratulating Jackier on his election to the JFMD presidency, his receipt of the Fred M. Butzel and Golden Torah awards, and his honorary doctorate. These notable individuals include University of Michigan Preseident Mary Sue Coleman, United States Senator Carl M. Levin, congressman Joe Knollenberg, and President Shimon Peres of Israel, among others.


Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation records, 1918-2017 (majority within 1970-2015)

32 linear feet — 12.2 GB (online)

Records of the philanthropic foundation focused on supporting Jewish and Detroit-area causes. Also includes the personal papers of founders Mandell "Bill" Berman and his wife Madeleine Berman. This collection contains administrative records, meeting information, grant recipient files, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and interviews.

The Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation records contain 32 linear feet and 12.2 GB of records from the Mandell and Madeleine Berman Foundation. It also contains personal papers from Mandell and Madeleine Berman further demonstrating their devotion to local and national philanthropic causes.

The records have been organized into 2 series:

The Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation records series contains administrative files, correspondence, meeting agendas, financial documents, and other information related to the work of the foundation. The sub-series contains the files of the executive director of the foundation, information related to grants and projects and administrative records. The records highlight the work of the foundation with major Jewish organizations including the United Jewish Communities, the Jewish Education Services of North American and the Berman Jewish DataBank.

The Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman papers series contains personal materials from the Berman family. Materials include correspondence, papers, photographs, video interviews, and speech transcripts. The series highlights Mandell Berman's service and leadership in major Jewish organizations, the impact of the Berman Center for Performing Arts and the personal history and accomplishments of the Berman family.


Michael A. Gorman papers, 1920-1958

2 linear feet

Editor of the Flint Journal. Correspondence and topical files concerning his newspaper career in Flint, the role of the Flint Journal in the development of the city, the General Motors sit-down strike of 1937, and the position of automobile industry to Flint; and photographs.

The Gorman papers reflect the relationship between a local newspaper and the community it served. The collection comprises two linear feet of correspondence and topical files from the period 1928 to 1958. Representing but a selection of Gorman's original files, this remnant appears to include correspondence which Gorman considered to be most important. The correspondence includes substantive material as well as letters of autograph value only.


Sherwin T. Wine papers, 1930s-2011

36.5 linear feet (in 42 boxes) — 1 oversize folder

Sherwin T. Wine was the iconoclastic founder of Humanistic Judaism and an openly gay rabbi who established the Birmingham Temple and formed the Society for Humanistic Judaism, the Center for New Thinking (a community forum for discussion of current events and issues), and various groups devoted to free thought and humanism. Papers include biographical content, correspondence, writings, educational and worship materials, sound recordings, visual materials, and various organizational records.

The Sherwin T. Wine papers illustrate the intellectual traits and organizational acumen of a man who devoted his life to the establishment of a new branch of Judaism and the advancement of humanistic values and rationalism. The collection will be of value to those individuals who seek a deeper understanding of Wine as a person as well as the founder of Humanistic Judaism. Writings, correspondence, and clippings detail the process by which Wine broke free from the traditions of Reform Judaism to found a new denomination. Materials from the Birmingham Temple and other Secular Humanist Judaism organizations trace the development and expansion of the movement. Content related to the many other groups with which Wine was involved reveal an individual able to organize and inspire others to act at local, national, and international levels.


Sunrise Cooperative Farm Community records, 1933-1937

2 linear feet — 2 microfilms — 1 oversize volume

Jewish settlement established during the depression in Alicia near Saginaw; include minutes and reports, newsletters, financial records, membership materials, and court papers.

The Sunrise Cooperative Farm Community records document the organization and operation of the farming community. The record group is divided into the following series: Historical/Informational; Minutes and other organizational records; Newsletters; Financial Records; Membership Materials; Topical Files; and Litigation.


Susan Wineberg papers, 1900s-2018 (majority within 1977-2003)

85.4 linear feet (in 88 boxes) — 2 oversize folders

Susan Wineberg is a historian of Ann Arbor, Mich., and historic preservationist. She became involved in historic preservation in 1974 and has served as a commissioner on the Ann Arbor Historic District Commission (1982, 1984-1988) and as a member on its committees since 1977. Wineberg also has authored books and articles on historic buildings in Ann Arbor and been active in other local organizations. The collection includes correspondence, articles, brochures, clippings, printed ephemera and realia, photographs, and subject files relating mostly to Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Michigan historic properties and businesses.

The Susan Wineberg Papers document local efforts to research and protect historic properties in the Ann Arbor area. The collection is a rich source of information for the history of many buildings and areas in Ann Arbor. Wineberg has assembled clippings, stories, records, and photocopies of pictures about local preservation, conflicts over preservation laws, and historic buildings. The collection documents not only Wineberg's involvement in historic preservation, but also the activities of governmental and community organizations that have sought to preserve Ann Arbor's heritage and encourage adoption of their sense of responsible development. Moreover, the records reveal the evolution of historic preservation since the 1970s. They document the debates within the community between those who favor governmental measures that aim to protect the city's historic properties and those who view such protective ordinances and regulations as an intrusion on individual property rights. Additionally, several of the series document the history of Ann Arbor, Detroit, Washtenaw County, and Michigan through collected photocopies, photographs, and assorted ephemera.

The collection is organized into 18 series: Personal Files, Ann Arbor Historic District Commission, Ann Arbor Historic Preservation and Development Materials, Audio Materials, Visual Materials, Research / Reference files, Printed Ephemera and Realia, Printed Ephemera and Realia, 1969-2004, Collected Historical Materials, and Washtenaw County Historical Society. The rest of the collection is arranged into series based on when they were received by the Bentley, and as such there may be some overlap in subject matter.


William Haber Papers, 1918-1988

49 linear feet

University of Michigan teacher and administrator, economist, labor mediator, and member of boards of various universities, Jewish educational, social, and welfare agencies, and public official. Series in collection include: Biographical/Personal, Correspondence, Jewish Organizations, University of Michigan, Other Organizational Activities, Appearances, Writings, Newspaper Clippings and Press Releases, and University of Wisconsin Student Notebooks and Papers, 1924-1926. Subjects covered in collection pertain to his activities as economist and authority on matters of labor economics, social security, and unemployment insurance. Also documented is his involvement with various Jewish social and philanthropic organizations, including ORT, B'nai B'rith, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Hebrew University, and to his work as Advisor on Jewish Affairs to General Lucius Clay. Correspondents in the collection include public figures from government, labor, universities, Jewish organizations, and philanthropic agencies.

The papers of William Haber, covering the period since his education at the University of Wisconsin in the 1920s until his death in 1988, have come to the library in several accessions beginning in 1978. Because of the fullness of Haber's career and the fact that he worked out of different offices, this half century of documentation was surprisingly well organized although somewhat broken up because files had been retired at different times. In 1992, the collection was reprocessed and the opportunity was taken to bring together sequences of files that had been separated. There are still some inconsistencies in the filing but these have been explained and described in the Series Description that follows.

The collection has been arranged into ten series. Although Haber and his secretarial staff never classified his files in these terms, the series headings were given to draw like materials together and to provide a rational framework for thinking about and using the various Haber files. The series are: Biographical/Personal; Correspondence; Jewish Organizations; University of Michigan; Other Organizational Activities; Appearances; Writings; Scrapbooks, clippings, etc.; Miscellaneous; and University of Wisconsin Files.