The Bentley Historical Library has unveiled 12 decades of Michigan Daily history through a new online database that contains searchable digital copies of the historic newspaper. The first online search of the digitized Daily was performed by President Mark Schlissel during a reception Thursday at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library. “This effort celebrates and preserves 125 years of editorial history for America’s greatest public university,” said Bentley Director Terrence McDonald. “This database will be a gold mine of University of Michigan and state of Michigan history.” The digitization has been a collaboration among the Bentley, the Daily, and the U-M Library. The digital archive contains issues from the Daily’s founding in 1891 through 2014 — including more than 300 volumes from 23,000 issues.