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Administrative Records, 1935-2023

25 linear feet


The Administrative Records subgroup (1935-2013, 35.5 linear feet) begins with the Meetings series (1956-2012, 1.5 linear feet), which contain the agendas, minutes and correspondence of the Executive Committee Meetings, the Friends of the Michigan Historical Collection and Bentley Library, the Bentley Library's Administrative Committee, and Staff Meetings. The next set of series are organized by director (see the list above). The first subseries category is the Director's Office/Central Files, which are administrative records generated by the director and the associate director including correspondence, evaluation and planning, fundraising, physical facilities documents, and budget materials. The Staff files subseries, contains staff meetings, staff lists, staff interviews, manuals and farewell parties. The Conferences and Events subseries consists of agendas and speeches and planning material from Bentley-related conferences. Materials in this subseries from the tenure of Francis Blouin include digital materials from the Visual Culture and Archives Symposium held April 4-5, 2013 in honor of Blouin's 32 years of service to the library. The Special Projects subseries includes material regarding intensive activities undertaken by the BHL that often were in some way distinct from core functions. In many cases, a "special project" is one that received outside funding.


Bentley Historical Library records, 1919 - 2023 (majority within 1970 - 2013)

79 linear feet — 2 oversize boxes — 1 oversize folder — 3 drawers — 33.5 GB (online)

The Bentley Historical Library houses the Michigan Historical collections, which documents the history of Michigan; and the University Archives and Records Program, which maintains the historical record of the University of Michigan. Founded in 1935 as the Michigan Historical Collections, directors of the library include Lewis G. Vander Velde, F. Clever Bald, Robert M. Warner, Francis X. Blouin, Jr., and Terrence J. McDonald. The records include administrative files, correspondence, meeting materials, files on exhibits, archived websites, images, audio-visual media, and documentation of special projects such as the Vatican Archives project.

The records of the Bentley Historical Library were received in six main accessions 1991, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2014. Together the records comprise 79 linear feet, plus two oversize boxes, and oversize folder, three flat file drawers, and more than 16 GB of data spanning the years 1935-2014. The researcher should consult the summary box list on page vii for a quick overview of the materials in the collection.


Francis X. Blouin (1981-2013)


Among Blouin's records are planning documents that include results of five-year reviews of the library for 1986, 1991, and 1996, and there are a number of files documenting the evolution of archival education at the University of Michigan through the 1980s. There are also papers and correspondence regarding work in 1993, which resulted in a special issue of the American Archivist devoted to diplomacy. Also of interest is documentation of the Vatican Archives Project, which resulted in Vatican Archives, An Inventory and Guide to Historical Documents of the Holy See.

The 2014 accession of Francis X. Blouin's files is divided into two additional sub-series. The first, Topical Files, 1974-2013 (3.8 linear feet), consists of a mixture of administrative, events and special projects materials, arranged alphabetically. This arrangement reflects how these files had come to be maintained in the director's office. The second, International, 1991-2012 (1.2 linear feet), contains materials related to the library's international programs and is arranged alphabetically by country. Files relating to William Wallach, Associate Director, 1958-2010, bulk 1978-2010, (2.5 linear feet), are arranged in two sub-series: Topical, 1958-2010 (1.5 linear feet) and Building Addition, 1998-2004 (1.0 linear foot).