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.

Records Management

University Archives & Historical Collections (UAHC) is responsible for the management of the university’s inactive records, including the preparation of retention schedules for its administrative, fiscal, personnel, and academic records. UAHC assists university units in the efficient administration and management of official paper and electronic records of the university.

The UAHC staff also provides ongoing support and training to the university community on topics such as records retention, storage, and retrieval in order to ensure compliance with all relevant state and federal laws and regulations.

Records Management Establishment and Authority

The university’s Records Management program is based on a resolution of the MSU Board of Trustees, as recorded in the minutes of November 21, 1969. This resolution identifies all records reflecting the official activities of university officers and offices as the property of Michigan State University and that such property shall not be destroyed without the approval of the Director of Archives. See Records Management Policies for the complete Resolution on the Preservation of University Records and the Establishment of the University Archives. (pdf)

Do you have paper or electronic records to transfer to the Archives?

Records are created as a normal course of business at MSU. These can be permanent or non-permanent records with retention schedules.