Transportation Libraries and Information Centers


NAME:Bently Historical Library

Catalog:
Library

Date of Last Update:
2009-11-18

Name of library or information center:
Bently Historical Library

Name of parent organization (if applicable):
University of Michigan

Title of person to which library or information center director reports:

Is your information center a member of a Transportation Knowledge Network?:
Not a TKN Member

Do you provide access to your information collection to the general public (either on-site or on-line, with or without a fee)?:
Yes

Describe any special conditions for accessing your resources or services (e.g. by appointment, affiliations required):

Provide a description of your information collection:
The Bentley Historical Library documents railroads in Michigan and beyond through over 175 collections of manuscripts and visual materials. In addition to collections documenting common carrier railroads, many of these collections document logging and industrial railroads, street railroads, and interurbans. Over 750 railroad companies are represented in these collections. Most of these collections relate primarily to railroad in Michigan, but many of the largest collections inxlude extensive documentation of railroads throughout the Midwest and across the United States.

What are the particular subject strengths of your collection?:
The Penn Central Transportation Company records (1835-1981) documents subsidiaries and predecessors of the New York Central and Pennsylvania Railroad operating between Pittsburgh and Chicago. The Henry B. Joy Historical Research records (ca. 1812-1937) documents Joy's association with the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy, the Illinois Central, and the Michigan Central, and various predecessors and subsidiaries. The Claude Thomas Stoner photographs and papers (1870s-1977) is a collection of historic photographs of over 300 different railroads nationwide.

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Contact Information

Name of Primary Contact:

Address:

1150 Beal Avenue ,

City:
Ann Arbor

State:
MI

Zip:
48109-2113

Country:
USA

Mailing Address (if different):

Main phone:
734.764.3482

Fax Number:
734.936.1333

Main email:
bentley.ref@umich.edu

Website:
http://bentley.umich.edu/research/guides/railroads/


Do you provide online training courses?: No

Do you provide onsite training courses?:

Do you maintain a knowledge base of lessons learned or best practices?: No

Do you maintain a directory of experts or provide referrals to experts as part of your services?:No

Are any of your training materials catalogued into OCLC?: No

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Organization Type:Rail Road


Detailed Collection Information:

Please estimate the number of items in your information collection:

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Journal, magazine and newspaper titles (print or digital, current or discontinued):

Printed technical reports, plans, manuals, standards:

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Other items (e.g. schedules, maps, drawings, etc.):

Does your staff have access to commercial (for fee) information databases – either directly or through your parent organization?:
No

Do you offer your patrons access to commercial (for fee) information databases – either remotely or within your library?:
No

Please list the major commercial information databases to which your library subscribes.:

Library Services and Affiliations

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What percentage of your collection is cataloged in OCLC with your library’s symbol?:

With which OCLC Groups is your library affiliated?:

Please list names of other library consortia or networks to which your library belongs:

Do you offer interlibrary loans?:
Yes

Do you lend through OCLC?:
Yes

What is your lending policy (briefly describe or provide a link)?:

What fees do you charge for lending?:

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Library Resources and Facilities

What is your library’s approximate annual budget – excluding staffing and facilities costs?:
Under $100,000

What is your library’s primary funding source?:

Does your library have access to conference/meeting space?:
Yes

Do you offer use of computers with internet access to your users?:
Yes

Do you have access to digitization and OCR hardware/software?:
Yes

What specialized software do you have access to? (e.g. web publishing, desktop publishing, multimedia):


Special Collections

Please list any special collections that you maintain


Catalogs: Please list any online catalogs that you maintain:

Catalog:

Catalog Name:

Catalog Type:
General Integrated Library System (ILS)

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Is your catalog accessible outside of your organization?:
Yes

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Full or Part Time:
Full Time


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