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Due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus situation, the University Archives Reading Room is closed to researchers until further notice. During this time, we will continue to provide email and telephone reference support though responses may be delayed. If you have any questions, please contact us.

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Though MSU Libraries remain closed to the public due to COVID-19, we are preparing to welcome students this fall, and we are working on changes inside our Library to welcome people safely. Our goal is to reopen to the public August 24. Until then (and after), we will continue to offer virtual services. Many resources remain available. Please see our Online and Distance Learning resource page for specific Library resources. Reference services are still available via chat and phone. We do have temporary policies for returning/renewing material.

Welcome!

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.

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.

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UAHC Updates

Due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus situation, the University Archives Reading Room is closed to researchers until further notice. During this time, 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. If you have any questions, please contact us.

We are sorry for the inconvenience.

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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

Renewable Harvests, 1976

This program takes a look at past and present research carried out by the eight agricultural experiment stations run by Michigan State University. The film (executive produced by Sylvan Wittwer, Director of the MSU Agricultural Experiment Station) examines such topics as research in human ecology, mechanization of farms, and health studies.

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

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

Tales from the Archives

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.

 

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

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.

Documenting COVID-19 Experiences at Michigan State University

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.