University of Michigan

U of M has submitted 13 collections for Project STAND. The majority of collections come from the Bentley Historical Library and provide an extremely detailed picture of black student life at U of M from the late 60’s to today. Of note is the #BBUM (Being Black at UM) Twitter Archive, a Twitter campaign launched by the university’s Black Student Union in 2013. Other highlights include materials from the Black Action Movement, Academics for Affirmative Action, Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) worker’s rights materials, and the Jay Cassidy Photo Collection of the student protest movement of the late 1960’s. In addition to the Bentley Library materials, the Special Collections Library at the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library has contributed materials from the Joseph A. Labadie Collection, a hallmark collection documenting the history of social protest movements and marginalized political communities from the 19th century to the present.

Featured Collection


Image: BAMN “Breaking the Silence” Rally, October 2005

Collection: Department of Afroamerican and African Studies Records

Dates: 1966-2010

Description: This record group pertains to the University of Michigan Department of Afroamerican and African Studies and to campus, regional, and national organizations devoted to political and civil rights causes from the 1960s to the 1990s. The collection includes print documents, photographs, and audio-visual material that document racial harassment incidents, political protests, scholarly conferences and symposia, MLK Day celebrations and black student life on the U-M campus. There are also materials about the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the anti-apartheid and divestment movements of the 1980s. Originally a Center, the unit was formally recognized as a department of the College of Literature, Science and the Arts in 2011.