Two New Bentley Historical Library Digital Collections

September 29, 2017
New Resources

The Bentley Historical Library and Digital Content & Collections (DCC) are happy to announce two new digital collections: the Ocha Potter Papers, 1898-2008 and the Charles I. Walker Collection.

Ocha Potter Papers, 1898-2008

“Ocha Potter was a copper mining engineer and adventurer who also played an important role in the promotion of Keewanaw County, Michigan as a vacation destination during the 1930s and 1940s. This collection contains three photo albums, documenting Potter's travels to Alaska (1905-1908), Africa and Europe (1930), and national parks in the American West (1923, 1934 and 1936). It also contains a manuscript of his autobiography, family correspondence, and ephemera related to Potter's life, career, and involvement with the Copper Country Vacationist League.”

Charles I. Walker Collection

“Charles Irish Walker was an amateur historian, practicing attorney, and a professor of law at the University of Michigan (1859-1887). This digitized collection contains materials relating to the founding of the University, including the original draft of the act to establish the "Catholepistemiad"; a table explaining meaning of names of professorships; and correspondence, reports, and minutes documenting the early years of the University (with papers drafted or signed by Augustus B. Woodward, John Monteith, and William Woodbridge).”

Many thanks as well to the Library Copyright Office, Michael Shallcross at the Bentley Historical Library, and Chris Powell, Matt LaChance, and Kat Hagedorn in DCC for making the collection possible.

For more information contact Lauren Erica Havens at

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