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.
Archivists from University Archives & Historical Collections (UAHC) visit K–12 classrooms for no charge provided that they are within a reasonable driving distance from East Lansing. Our archivists can bring primary resources to show students and talk to them about a variety of topics.
Some topics include:
- Using primary sources
- Careers in archives
- Preserving family history
- Michigan State University history
If you are interested in having an archivist speak to your class, please contact UAHC at (517) 355-2330 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lesson plans and materials
Materials on this site can be downloaded and used in classes free of charge.
- Belle Sarcastic information and coloring sheet (pdf)
- Be Your Family Historian (pdf)
- Word Find - MSU Buildings (pdf)
- Word Find - MSU Presidents (pdf)
- Coloring Page - Forest Akers (pdf
- Coloring Page - Jennie Towar (pdf)
- Fill in the Blanks - General MSU history (pdf)
- MSU Presidents Activity Sheets (pdf)
- Primary vs. Secondary sources information sheet (pdf)
- Dairy Adventures Activities worksheet (pdf)
- Dairy Adventure Press (pdf)
- MSU Dairy Trivia (pdf)
- History Day 2014 ("Rights and Responsibilities") Resources at the MSU Archives (pdf)
- History Day 2015 ("Leadership and Legacy") Resources at the MSU Archives (pdf)
- History Day 2016 ("Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History") Resources at the MSU Archives (pdf)