Michigan State University

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.


On March 16, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Order temporarily closing many public spaces. All academic libraries are included in this order. The Main Library is closed, but we still offer virtual services and many resources do 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.

Research Initiatives

The University Archives & Historical Collections (UAHC) initiates and participates in research projects that further knowledge in the the archives and records management professions.

MSU Libraries Summer Research Grants

Visit the information page to learn about this joint program with MSU Special Collections. (Note: text may not yet reflect our involvement in the program.)

Digital Curation Planning Project

In collaboration with MSU Libraries and MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences, UAHC engaged in the exploration and evaluation of digital content and curation practices at Michigan State to develop campus-wide digital curation guidelines.  The project was active from 2009 to 2011.

Learn more about the Digital Curation Planning Project

Spartan Archive Project

In June 2014, UAHC completed an electronic records archive development project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Learn more about the Spartan Archive Project.