Title: University of Michigan Photographs Vertical File Creator: Bentley Historical Library (collector) Inclusive dates: 1850s-1980s Extent: 11.25 linear feet Extent: 25 drawers (oversize) Abstract:
Photographs collected from various sources, depicting buildings, faculty, students, and other topics relating to the University of Michigan.
Call number: 92147 UBImus UBImum UBImul Language: The materials are in English. Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave. Ann Arbor, MI
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Finding aid prepared by: Michigan Historical Collections Staff Last update: September 2015
Access and Use
The University of Michigan Photographs Vertical file has been assembled from various sources.
The collection is open for research.
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: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.
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.
item, folder title, University of Michigan Photographs Vertical File, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
The University of Michigan Photographs Vertical file is organized in eight categories or series based in part on a classification system developed for the printed and photograph vertical file. The series are listed below along with the major subdivisions in each:
Business Offices and Miscellaneous Services
Academic and Support Units
Colleges and Schools
History and Description
Special Celebrations and Events
Emergencies and War
Student Life and Customs
Honorary Societies and Professional Societies
Social Fraternities and Sororities
Student Celebrations and Carnivals
Class Photos, 1858-1956
Classes by Year: Group Portraits and Reunions
Classes by Year: Individual Portraits
Affiliated and Associated Organizations
Collection Scope and Content Note
The University of Michigan Photographs Vertical File represents a miscellaneous assemblage of U of M-related photographs from many different sources, mainly prior to 1950. The vertical file is especially strong on the earliest photographic images of the campus, university buildings, and class activities. While the vertical file contains many images of individuals, researchers should first consult the library's on-line catalog for images of faculty, administrators, and other University personalities. Most photographs originally accumulated by a University department or other unit are kept with that unit's records.
The arrangement of the photographic images was intended to parallel the classification used with University of Michigan published materials and with manuscript materials. Both of these used a classification system using letters of the alphabet (A through N only) for groupings of published or manuscript material. This system was carried over for use with the library's photographic images though there are certain categories for which images are unlikely to be found (Category A, for example, which pertains to legislation affecting the University or Category I which is reserved for university publications of a scientific or literary nature). The classification is further broken down under each letter by a number code which refers to a more specific subdivision. The heaviest concentration of images will be found under C (for U-M schools and colleges, departments, and other units), D (for university buildings and views), and F (for class pictures, photos of student organizations, and images detailing aspects of student life and customs).
Each heading in this finding aid includes the letter classification plus a numbered subdivision. In addition, the individual envelopes are numbered sequentially. Headings for which there are oversized images (usually larger than 8x10) will be indicated by reference to medium or large size photographs. When requesting material, researchers must specify the heading and the classification and folder number.
This finding aid describes only a small portion of the Bentley Library's U-M visual images. The on-line catalog will direct the researcher to additional images.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.
Ann Arbor (Mich.)
Hospitals -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
Libraries -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
Medicine -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
Greek letter societies -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
Women -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor -- Societies and clubs.
Classrooms -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
Dancing -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Education and the war.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Education and the war.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
Women college students -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
Catholepistemiad (Detroit, Mich.)
Horace H. Rackham Educational Memorial (Detroit, Mich.)
University of Michigan -- Sports.
University of Michigan. Board of Regents.
University of Michigan -- Buildings.
University of Michigan -- Campus.
University of Michigan -- Classes.
University of Michigan -- Commencements.
University of Michigan -- Faculty.
University of Michigan -- Honorary societies.
University of Michigan -- Presidents.
University of Michigan -- Alumni and alumnae -- Anniversaries, etc.
University of Michigan -- Students -- Societies, etc.
University of Michigan -- Students -- Social life and customs.
University of Michigan -- Student housing.
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Container / Location
The Administration series includes both formal and informal group and individual portraits of university central administration and support staff and some office and workplace images.
Board of Regents
(also medium and large)
(medium and large only)
Barbour Scholarships for Oriental Women
(catalogued separately); medium only
Business Offices, Miscellaneous
Plant Department Equipment
Bureau of Appointments and Occupational Information
Distinguished Service Medal
Academic and Support Units [series]
Photos in the Academic and Support Units series include college and department faculty and staff portraits, classroom scenes, laboratories and other facilities, and a variety of academic and research activities.
Colleges and Schools [subseries]
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (1841)
Far Eastern Languages and Literatures Department
Japanese Studies, Center for
Medical School (1850)
Medical School Miscellaneous
(catalogued separately); medium and large only
Kresge Hearing Research Institute
Alumni reunion, 1860s graduates
(also medium and large)
Law School (1859)
College of Pharmacy (1868)
College of Pharmacy
(catalogued separately; large only)
Homeopathic Medical School (1875)
Dr. Kinyon performing surgery in the amphitheatre, 1908/09
Museum of Art: Gallery in General Library (1883-1910)
Museum of Art: Alumni Memorial Hall (1910-)
Natural History Museum: Mason Hall (1856-1880)
The Stearns Collection (musical instruments)
University Museums Staff (Anthropology, Paleontology, Zoology)
Nichols Arboretum; Botanical Gardens
Off-campus Colleges and Branches [subseries]
Branches of the University: 1837-1850 (Pontiac, Kalamazoo)
Extension Service [subseries]
Service Units [subseries]
Radio Station WCBN
Medical Center [subseries]
Laboratories and Institutes [subseries]
Willow Run Laboratories
Institute of Archaeological Research
Institute for Social Research
Highway Safety Research Institute (Transportation Research Institute)
Institute of Science and Technology
History and Description [series]
The History and Description series documents the physical development of the campus. It includes aerial and panoramic views of campus, photos of individual buildings and photos of several university symbols such as the mace and seal.
General history and description (by subject) [subseries]
Campus Views [subseries]
Aerial views, central campus and hospital area together
Campus Buildings includes exterior and some interior views of buildings and in many cases views of building construction. Interiors depicting specific classrooms, offices, and laboratories are filed in the Academic and Support Units series under the name of the unit pictured. Sculpture, monuments and other campus landmarks are included in this subseries. Buildings are filed under their latest or last name, with cross-references from earlier names. In a few cases, when the name of a building was changed shortly before it was torn down, the building is filed under its most common name.
[Adelia Cheever House (1947-1965) see Landscape Architecture Building]
[Administration Building (built 1948) see Literature, Science and the Arts Building]
[Administration Building (built 1968) see Fleming Administration Building]
The Special Celebrations and Events series documents a variety of campus ceremonies, customs and events including formal university events such as commencements and inaugurations of presidents, as well as student social events such as the freshman-sophomore rush, J-Hop, Lantern Night and the Spring Games. The series also includes photos depicting the university's involvement the Civil War, World War I and World War II.
The Student Life and Customs series documents many aspects of student life from living conditions (19th century boarding rooms to modern dormitories) to social organizations, literary and musical societies, honorary societies, fraternities and sororities and intercollegiate and recreational sports. The series is organized largely around specific student organizations or activities. A General subseries, organized chronologically, includes images not tied to specific organizations or events. The organizational photos often include group photos, shots of an office or house, and special activities.
The Class Photos series includes group and composite photographs of graduating classes from various schools colleges and departments as well as some photos of class reunions and photographs of individual students arranged by graduating class. Some of the class year and school identifications are very uncertain.
Classes by Year: Group portraits and reunions [subseries]
The series Affiliated and Associated Organizations is comprised of photographs of a number of regional alumni clubs, faculty and staff organizations, musical societies, and student ROTC groups. Individual files may include photos of the organizations officers, staff or activities.
The Emeritus Club of the University of Michigan Alumni Association