Michigan State University

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.

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. 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.

UAHC Update - Appointments Available

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the University Archives Reading Room is closed. Patrons can make appointments to use University Archives materials at the MSU Main Library.

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

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

Conversations about Bea Paolucci and her Legacy, 2002

Footage of an interview conducted by Mary P. Andrews (MSU Extension) in the summer of 2002. Andrews interviews three MSU Professors Emeritus who knew Paolucci as a peer, colleague, friend and mentor. Margaret (Peg) Bubolz (MSU Family and Child Ecology), Burness Wenberg (MSU Food Science and Human Nutrition) and Linda R. Nelson (MSU Family Ecology) speak at Bubolz's home.

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.

 

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.