Michigan State University

University Archives


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.

Public access to the University Archives & Historical Collections is provided in the MSU Libraries Reading Room located in the MSU Main Library building by appointment.

Research Appointments After October 10

Beginning October 10, 2022, the University Archives Reading Room will reopen in Room 101 in Conrad Hall. University Archives will welcome researchers by appointment only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM ET. Appointments must be scheduled at least three (3) business days in advance. For assistance, please contact UAHC via email at archives@msu.edu or telephone at (517) 355-2330. 

Researchers wanting to schedule an appointment or make a request to use materials before October 10, 2022, should continue to follow existing procedures to view materials in the Special Collections Reading Room at the Main Library.

UAHC Update - Appointments Available

Public access to the University Archives & Historical Collections is provided in the MSU Libraries Reading Room in the MSU Main Library building by appointment.

We will continue to provide email and telephone reference support, though responses may be delayed. Online resources are available at onthebanks.msu.edu and on Flickr.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

University Archives Tweets

University Archives reading room

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

MSU Archives & Historical Collections Virtual Tour

Go Green - Go White, 1976

This 1976 Michigan State football recruitment film highlights the facilities Michigan State University has to offer. James Caan wears a Spartan varsity jacket and reminisces about his time at MSU.

Music performed by the Spartan Marching Band (under the direction of Kenneth Bloomquist) can be heard throughout the film, and scenes of campus and Spartan football include dialogue by new Spartan football head coach Darryl Rogers, and new Athletic Director Joe Kearney.

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.


Documenting COVID-19 Experiences at Michigan State University

Photo of The Rock at MSU with "we're all in this together!" painted on it.

Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections is documenting the experiences of MSU students, staff, faculty, and other members of the campus community during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.  We invite you to share your stories, photos, videos, and other documentation.  Please use the Google form to submit your items, and consult the UAHC website for more information on what kind of materials to submit and how to submit them.  

Photo:  Rock at MSU on 4/9/2020. Taken by Ed Busch.