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.

In an effort to protect our patrons and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, the MSU Libraries has decided to limit public access points. The University Archives Reading Room at Conrad Hall will remain closed. Beginning August 31, public access will be served from the Special Collections (SPC) Reading Room located at the MSU Main Library building.

Documenting Covid-19

Michigan State University Libraries is documenting the experiences of MSU students, staff, faculty, and other members of the campus community during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, and contributing them to the Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections (UAHC). We invite you to share your stories, photos, videos, and other documentation about the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

University Archives and Historical Collections Hours

Hours and Appointments Information

UAHC Update - September 2020

Due to the continuing Covid-19 Coronavirus situation, the University Archives Reading Room is remaining closed to researchers. We will continue to provide email and telephone reference support though responses may be delayed. Please check our online resources at onthebanks.msu.edu and on flickr.

Patrons are now able to make appointments to use University Archives materials at the Main MSU Library.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

University Archives Tweets

University Archives reading room

Click on the image above to see a video tour of the MSU University Archives.

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

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.&

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.

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.

Tales from the Archives

Book cover image

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.