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University Archives

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.

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.

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.

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

Century and Nine, 1963-1964

A campus life film focused on the 1963-1964 academic year. Topics include educational development programs for "war babies", the Language Laboratory, the MSU-3600 computer, "living learning" complexes, and the near completion of the cyclotron.

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.

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.