President (University of Michigan) records: 1967-2014
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Access and Use

Acquisition Information:

The President's Office (Donor No. 566) makes periodic additions to the records. This record group includes files of presidents beginning with Robben Fleming. Records from presidents prior to Fleming are cataloged under the name of the individual.

Periodic additions to the records are expected.

Access Restrictions:

The President's records are open for research except for certain records restricted by statute or university policy. Restricted material includes personnel-related files, including search, review, promotion, and tenure files; student educational records; client/patient records; and records of executive officers of the university.

The President's record group includes restricted material in the following categories:

  1. Personnel Related Records -- Boxes 229-230, 268, 285, 326-328, 340-345, 359-360, 371, 380, 385, 390-391, 394, 396, 399, 401, 416, 418, 420, 422, 424, 426, 445-457, 469-474, 514-515, 520-522
  2. Student Academic Records -- Boxes 229-230, 268, 285, 326-328, 340-345, 355, 366, 370, 376, 386-387, 395-396, 405-406, 410, 416-419, 514-517
  3. Patient/Client Records -- Boxes 229-230, 268, 285, 326-328, 340-345, 360, 370, 380-381, 385, 390, 401, 411, 421, 469-474, 514-520, 522-523
  4. Executive Officer Records -- Boxes 262-339, 355-444, 458-465, 475-513, 524-525

Access Restrictions for University of Michigan Records

University records are public records and once fully processed are generally open to research use. Records that contain personally identifiable information will be restricted in order to protect individual privacy. Certain administrative records are restricted in accordance with university policy as outlined below. The restriction of university records is subject to compliance with applicable laws, including the Freedom of Information Act.

Categories of Restricted Records:

  • Personnel related files , including search, review, promotion, and tenure files, are restricted for thirty years from date of creation.
  • Student educational records are restricted for seventy-five years from date of creation.
  • Patient/client records are restricted for one-hundred years from date of creation.
  • Executive Officers, Deans and Directors files . By university records policy in effect as of January 1, 2001, University records generated by the university's Executive Officers, Deans, Directors and their support offices are restricted for a period of twenty years from their date of accession by the Bentley Historical Library. The restriction is subject to applicable law, most notably the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
    • Files restricted for 10 years -- records added to a record group in this category prior to January 1, 2001 are restricted for a period of ten years from the date of creation
    • Files restricted for 20 years -- records added to a record group in this category after January 1, 2001 are restricted for a period of 20 years from the date they were added to the record group.

Restricted files are indicated in the contents list with a restriction note indicating the restriction type and the date of expiration.

  • CR (Client/Patient records, 100 years from date of creation)
  • PR (Personnel related records, 30 years from date of creation)
  • SR (Student educational records, 75 years from date of creation)
  • ER (Executive Officers, Deans and Directors records, 20 years from the date the material added to the record group)

For further information on the restriction policy and placing FOIA requests for restricted material, consult the reference archivist at the Bentley Historical Library or the University of Michigan Freedom of Information Office website at:

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see:


Copyright is held by the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright is not held. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Processing Information:

During reprocessing of the president's records some material was removed from the record group and boxes consolidated with the result that some box numbers were eliminated. Box numbers from previous versions of the finding aid which have been eliminated are 74-81, 87, 180, 183, 201-203, 209, 231, and 258.

Boxes 74-81, 87, 96, 105, 112, 114-116, 180, 183, 201-203, 209, 231, 258, and 346 were eliminated during reprocessing.

In preparing digital material for long-term preservation and access, the Bentley Historical Library adheres to professional best practices and standards to ensure that content will retain its authenticity and integrity. For more information on procedures for the ingest and processing of digital materials, please see Bentley Historical Library Digital Processing Note. Access to digital material may be provided either as a direct link to an individual file or as a downloadable package of files bundled in a zip file.

Preferred Citation:

item, folder title, box no., President (University of Michigan) Records, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan