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From our writers and film series to traveling exhibits, come to one of the many events and programs we offer here at MSU Libraries. We look forward to seeing you!

Antiphonale

Illuminated Letter of the Antiphonale

Special Collections holds a beautiful and very large “Antiphonale” probably dating from the 15th century. It was donated in 1951 by the E.K. Warren Foundation, but little else is known about the manuscript except that marginal notations suggest it spent a portion of its life in a Spanish monastery and was probably copied for the Benedictine Order of the Catholic Church. An “Antiphonale” is a collection of liturgical chants surrounding the Psalm verses appropriate to the day of the Church year. The chants would be sung in unison by the choir in alternation (antiphonally) with the officiant who would chant the Psalm verses. Although the volume is referred to as an “Antiphonale,” research indicates that it is actually two manuscripts  bound together to form a service book. The first part, approximately 45 leaves, consists of antiphons for the Psalms used in the season of Advent, while the second part of 50 leaves contains Introits, Offertories, and Graduals for the Christmas Masses.  You can listen here to six verses of the Advent hymn, “Conditor alme siderum,” which precedes the antiphons in this manuscript.  It was probably sung on a daily basis at or near the opening of the service and the hymn is still in use today; the most common translation is “Creator of the Stars of Night.”

"The Times They Are a-Changin": MSU in 1969-1970

Dean William Combs, first director of the MSU Archives, poses with archival materials.

Now through February 2020
Conrad Hall, Lobby

An exhibit highlighting the academic year that the University Archives & Historical Collection was established, 1969-1970.

Exhibit created by Jennie Russell, Susan O'Brien, and Megan Badgley-Malone.

3D Printing At MSU - In Health Sciences

skull and replica of part of the skull made from a 3D printer

The MSU Libraries now offer 3D printing!

Our printer is a MakerBot Replicator (5th Generation). It uses an environmentally friendly bioplastic filament in your choice of 12 colors. The cost is 20¢ per gram of filament, with a $1 minimum, and we ask that you make an appointment to submit your print job.

Read the article and watch the video on the State News website!

Ancient Meets Modern by UCL Engineering /CC BY- SA 2.0

A Brief History of the University Archives & Historical Collections

University Archives and Historical Collections (UAHC) Celebrating 50 years
Now through February 2020
Conrad Hall, Lobby
 
An exhibit highlighting the University Archives & Historical Collections' history from its founding on November 21, 1969 through the present day.
 
Exhibit created by Megan Badgley-Malone, Collections and Outreach Archivist.

A Century with Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing's British Passport photo, late 1950s

Now through November 2019
Main Library, 3rd Floor, West Wing

An exhibit on the life and works of Doris Lessing, 2007 Nobel Laureate of Literature.

Exhibit produced by Chana Kraus-Friedberg.

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