Students — both men and women — in the late 1800s and up to the 1940’s often created scrapbooks to document their time at the University of Michigan. They are remarkably comprehensive; scrapbooks held in the archives of the Bentley Historical Library include things like programs for theatre performances, sheet music, scraps from dresses worn at important functions like graduation, invitations to dances, admission letters, notes from friends, report cards, entire blue book exams, awards, full newspapers, pressed flowers, napkins or tickets from events, mini puppet dolls, and even envelopes of hair from male pledges from fraternity hazing rituals.
The pictures featured on this page are from scrapbooks created by Virginia "Ginny" Stewart Nicklas, a U-M student from 1945 to 1949.Featured left: the 1940's version of an M card.
Student Scrapbooks at the Bentley
The Bentley Historical Library has a beautiful collection of student scrapbooks, some of which are highlighted below. Click on an image to enlarge.