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The HistoryMakers

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Over 128,600 stories assembled from live oral history interviews with 2,391 historically significant African Americans as of January 17, 2018. Founded in July of 1999, The HistoryMakers has grown into the nation's largest African American video oral history archive. Its collection includes the interviews of President Barack Obama (then an Illinois State Senator), civil rights leader Julian Bond, and children's advocate Marian Wright Edelman, to name a few.

Office Delivery

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MSU Libraries now delivers almost all physical items (including Interlibrary Loan items) directly to faculty/staff offices! For information on how to take advantage of these services, contact Interlibrary Services.

Digital Scholarship Lab

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The Michigan State University Libraries and the College of Arts & Letters have partnered to open a state-of-the-art Digital Scholarship Lab. The 10,000-square-foot space in the Main Library features a 360-degree immersive visualization room that accommodates up to 15 students.  In addition, the lab features a virtual reality room with VR headsets, instruction space, meeting rooms, offices and a dedicated room for digitization projects.  It opens February 5, 2018.

Interactive virtual tours of the Main Library

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Interactive virtual tours of the Main Library’s first floor and Digital Scholarship Lab are available to view before visiting. Check out these Library spaces today!

Voxgov: News from U.S. Government Sources

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Voxgov collects over 50 different document types from U.S. Federal Government sources. These include press releases, speeches, transcripts, columns, blogs, fact sheets, social media, Federal Register and Congressional documents, among many others. Materials are included from candidates in the presidential election campaign.

Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson – Happy 100th Birthday

"Here's To You Mr. Robinson. Happy 100th Birthday" with photo of Jackie Robinson

Now through May 2019
Main Library, 4th Floor, West Wing

An exhibit highlighting Jackie Robinson's life and career from the Negro leagues to his legacy as a champion of Civil Rights.

Exhibit produced by Sheila Bryant and Grace Haynes

Think with your Whole Body: Celebrating the Senses in Special Collections

Three-dimensional cover of Conjuros y Ebriedades.

Now through August 14, 2019
Main Library, Special Collections Gallery

An exhibit celebrating books that go beyond the visual and appeal to our other senses too. Featured are books with textures, books that move, books you can taste, smell and hear.

This Exhibit is generously sponsored by Michigan State University Federal Credit Union.

Exhibit curated by Ruth Ann Jones, Special Collections Librarian

Spring 2019 Classes and Workshops

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Sign up today for a free workshop at the library! Sign up early, as most classes have limited enrollment.  Offered this semester:

  • Citation Management -  Endnote X6 and Endnote Online, Mendeley, and Zotero
  • Digital Scholarship -
  • Make Central  - knitting, 3D printing, and more
  • GIS programs - map reading, QGIS, geocoding, and 3D printing terrain maps
  • Desire2Learn, ZOOM, and MediaSpace

USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive

USC Shoah Foundation

The USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive is a fully streaming video collection of more than 53,000 primary source testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust (Shoah), the Armenian Genocide, the Rwandan Genocide, the Guatemalan Genocide, the Cambodian Genocide, and the Nanjing Massacre. The vast majority of the testimonies contain a complete personal history of life before, during, and after the interviewee's firsthand experience with genocide.

MSU access to the USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive is made possible by a generous gift from Edward Brill and Leslie VanBrandt in honor of their brother, Michael Brill.