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AADL Talks To: Francis Blouin

Francis Blouin
Francis Blouin

In this episode, AADL Talks To Francis Blouin. Francis joined the University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library in 1974 and was director for over 30 years. Francis shares his memories of working at the Bentley, some of the special acquisitions and projects he oversaw during his tenure, and he discusses the many transitions he witnessed in the archives field.

Francis is Professor Emeritus in the History Department at the University of Michigan.

Historical articles and photos about the Bentley Historical Library.

University Reform Church, April 1965 Photographer: Doug Fulton

University Reform Church, April 1965 image
Published In:
Ann Arbor News, April 30, 1965
Award Winning Design The University Reformed Church at 1001 E. Huron St. has attracted world-wide interest because of its unusual design and was originally picked by Progressive Architecture magazine as one of three outstanding international designs. A 30-foot wooden cross of white maple dominates the main sanctuary whose only windows are in the roof of the concrete slab building. The building was dedicated a little over a year ago and its architect is Gunnar Birkerts who is on the University faculty.