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.

Specialized Retention Schedules

Specialized retention schedules are designed for record types that are unique to a particular university unit. An example is UAHC’s collection accession files.

The retention schedules listed below are older retention schedules, but are still valid.

MSU Construction Contract Records

Schedule Description: These are construction contracts and supporting documentation for development of MSU properties.

Schedule Retention: Permanent

Disposition:: These records will be transferred to the Archives upon completion of the contract.

Office of Record: Contracts & Grants - MSU Construction Contracts Office

Semester Effort Reports

Schedule Description: Semester Effort Reports (SER) are documents generated in association with federal and state contracts and grants. These reports are used for audit purposes.

Schedule Retention: 15 years

Disposition:: These records will be transferred to the Archives when they are no longer active.

Office of Record: MSU Contracts & Grants Office ONLY