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.


University Archives & Historical Collections (UAHC) welcomes all researchers to its facilities. The reading room is open to everyone without a fee, and professional archivists are available to provide assistance. UAHC is the most comprehensive source for information on the history and culture of Michigan State University. 

Researchers do not need to make an appointment, but if you are traveling from a distant location it is typically a good idea to call ahead. If we know you will be visiting, we can have materials waiting for you when you arrive.

Visiting researchers are required to complete a registration form in order to access our materials. This form also includes instructions for using our reading room. The registration form can be completed prior to your visit and emailed to us. Upon your arrival at the archives, a valid photo identification card will be required.

If you are looking for a place to stay while you are doing research at UAHC refer to MSU's lodging page for a few options. UAHC does not provide any specific recommendations.

If you are unable to visit UAHC to research and select historical material, please ask us about our hourly research fee. As staffing allows, UAHC can assist in the research and identification of specific inquiries. UAHC charges $25 per half hour increments ($50 per hour). There is a minimum of $25 for this service. Please note that a payment of $25 is required before we can begin the research. For more information about our fees, please visit our Reproduction webpage.

Michigan State University Libraries invites applications for summer research grants. The grants are intended to help scholars who live more than 100 miles from East Lansing whose research would benefit from on-site access to the rich primary source collections housed in MSU Libraries’ Special Collections and the MSU University Archives. 

Research Hours

Registration Form (pdf)

Request to Publish/Display Archival Materials Form (pdf)

Suggested Citation Format (pdf)

Research Guides are tools created by MSU Archivists that provide lists of resources for finding information on specific subject.