Office of the VP for Communications – Keeping alumni and friends connected to U-M


  1. Be present in the past

    The University Musical Society has hosted countless artists since its founding in 1879. Here is just a sampling of images, reflecting the society's amazing history, which is part of the growing digital archive (The images showcased here are courtesy of UMS.)
  2. A day in the life

    If a picture paints a thousand words, these images have much to say about the enduring appeal of life at Michigan. (All images by Michigan Photography.)
  3. Matthaei’s magical, mystical agave

    A poignant scene draws to a close at U-M's Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum as an 80-year-old American agave blooms for the first -- and last -- time in its majestic life. This American agave arrived at U-M in 1934, the same year a University task force declared the arboretum would "become a haven of quiet one hundred years from now when our rich native flora will have become a thing of the past in most places." (Images courtesy of Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum unless otherwise noted.)
  4. It’s all there in black and white

    In 1913 the University of Michigan hired its first staff photographer, 1897 alumnus George Robert Swain. He went on to complete a graduate degree in 1914. Thanks to Swain's comprehensive coverage of campus, we have a vivid visual record of our shared history.
  5. Nickels Arcade at 99

    The Nickels Arcade has beckoned to Michigan students, strollers, and shoppers for nearly a century. At its birth in 1915, it was the latest thing in retail — a collection of small shops offering premium goods to well-heeled customers. (Text by James Tobin.)
  6. Great Lakes, great photography

    The David V. Tinder Collection of Michigan Photography, housed at the William L. Clements Library, offers virtually every photographic format used in the 19th and early 20th centuries: daguerreotypes, tintypes, stereographs, and more. The captions that accompany these select images were sourced from Tinder’s Directory of Early Michigan Photographers. Read more about this fascinating collection.
  7. The Slow Vanishing of Schoolgirls’ Glen

    A special sanctuary inside Nichols Arboretum hangs on despite the spoilage wrought by human encroachment.
  8. Goodbye, good luck, and Go Blue!

    In honor of commencement season, Michigan Today celebrates the collective joy shared by every U-M graduate who's ever donned the cap and gown to mark this life-changing milestone.