The fundamental idea upon which the University of Michigan Union is formed is the invention or conception of no one individual or group of individuals. The inevitable product of inherent and universal human traits and aspirations, developed and intensified by local conditions, the Union is based upon an idea; it is compelled by forces which are imperative, persistent and irresistible, which will not be denied, but which must ultimately result in some realization of the hopes and plans of practically all of Michigan's constituency. This idea found expression in somewhat definite form in plans proposed at least eight years ago; while as a hope or aspiration more or less vaguely expressed the idea is of much earlier origin and has been shared by hundreds of alumni and students.
Bates, Henry M. "What is the Michigan Union?" Mich. Alumnus 11 (1905): 323-8.