Michigan State University


University Archives & Historical Collections of Michigan State University is a place of discovery. More than 160 years of MSU history can be explored, including original letters and diaries, photographs, and oral histories. Our collections span the entirety of MSU’s history and also contain historical materials not related to MSU. Some of our collection highlights include materials that document the physical campus and grounds, early student life, the lumber industry, and the Civil War.

University Archives and Historical Collections Hours

Today (Fri.)9:00am to 5:00pm
Feb. 22nd (Sat.)Closed
Feb. 23rd (Sun.)Closed
Feb. 24th (Mon.)9:00am to 5:00pm
Feb. 25th (Tue.)9:00am to 2:30pm

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UAHC Updates

  • Upcoming University Archives and Historical Collections closures:

    • February 14, opening at noon
    • March 20, opening at noon
    • April 17, opening at noon
    • February 25 closing at 2:30 PM 
    • February 27 closing at 4 PM 
    • June 22-23, closed all day

We are sorry for the inconvenience.

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University Archives & Historical Collections
Michigan State University
Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Rm. 101
East Lansing, MI 48824-1327
Tel.: (517) 355-2330
E-mail: archives@msu.edu
Web: archives.msu.edu

16mm Report, 1960-1961

A report to the alumni association of events of the academic year 1960-1961 at Michigan State University.

Library Places: A look at campus library buildings 1857 - 1957

 M.A.C. Library (Linton Hall)
Now through Spring 2020
Conrad Hall, University Archives Reading Room
An exhibit highlighting the library buildings and librarians between the campus founding in 1857 through the construction of the current Main Library in 1957.
Exhibit created by Whitney Miller

"The Times They Are a-Changin": MSU in 1969-1970

Dean William Combs, first director of the MSU Archives, poses with archival materials.

Now through February 2020
Conrad Hall, Lobby

An exhibit highlighting the academic year that the University Archives & Historical Collection was established, 1969-1970.

Exhibit created by Jennie Russell, Susan O'Brien, and Megan Badgley-Malone.

Tales from the Archives

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Tales from the Archives

Gathered from its blogs, exhibits, and websites, the MSU Archives has compiled its first book of archival tales. Learn about events, traditions, and people that helped shape MSU into the place it is today!

Available for purchase at the University Archives Reading Room, shop.msu.edu, or from our store front for $25.


A Brief History of the University Archives & Historical Collections

Now through February 2020
Conrad Hall, Lobby
An exhibit highlighting the University Archives & Historical Collections' history from its founding on November 21, 1969 through the present day.
Exhibit created by Megan Badgley-Malone, Collections and Outreach Archivist.