Students gather to listen to speakers at Michigan Housing's multicultural lounge grand reopening celebration on September 17, 2019.


Explore Resources on U-M’s History

The IHP is a new initiative, and much work has already been done on the topic of U-M’s history. That work exists in both well-known and lesser-known projects and in the pages of published scholarship, on wide-ranging websites, and in scores of syllabi.

Indeed, many projects led by students, faculty, and staff have been completed or are in progress across the university’s campuses: in and through the Bentley Historical Library; in courses and projects led by members of the faculty; in the exhibits, courses, and lectures that attended the Bicentennial and programming related to the 50th anniversaries of the Dearborn and Flint campuses; in departments and schools that have also celebrated momentous anniversaries; and through partnerships with our local communities.

The IHP is entering an already populated landscape, but one that stretches across our decentralized and sprawling university. Our ambition is to identify and catalog as many of these existing efforts as possible in order to learn from and credit their achievements.

The IHP began this work in Winter 2023 through the efforts of two Master’s Research Opportunity Program students from the Marsal Family School of Education’s Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, Judah Doty and Wynter Douglas. Many people also got in touch to share projects on U-M’s history that they had worked on or knew about, and so our catalog of such projects grew. In Spring and Summer 2024, the IHP will undertake additional research into existing resources on U-M’s history, in a variety of forms and media. As this part of the IHP progresses, we will update this page to include the full range of resources on our institution’s past.

In finding ways to amplify these existing efforts and share their findings and insights with new audiences, the IHP aims to make sure that the knowledge they have created and the lessons they offer are broadly known–and that this work continues across our campuses.

Students crossing State Street in front of the Michigan Union on the Ann Arbor campus, 1947

Keep Exploring U-M History

The History of U-M site collects and links to numerous resources on the university’s past, from oral histories to exhibits and databases to timelines. It also features stories about the university’s history drawn from The Heritage Project, Michigan Today, Michigan Alum, and Collections Magazine.  Begun and maintained by the Bentley Historical Library, the site seeks to continue the momentum of the university’s Bicentennial celebrations in 2017, and it shares the IHP’s values of illuminating and examining all features of U-M’s history.