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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!

Scanned Maps: United States

1833 map of the United States

A selection of historical maps of the United States from the MSU Map Library collections.  Zoom, pan to view each map in great detail.  All maps are available for high resolution download.

Scanned Maps: Van Buren County

Title page compiled from official records and local inspection

Historical township maps of Van Buren County, Michigan, from the wall map "A Farm Map of Van Buren County, Michigan" compiled by W. H. Goss and M. K. Orton.  Published in 1906 in Rockford, IL by W. W. Hixson.  Zoom, pan to view each map in great detail.  All maps are available for high resolution download.

Shadows from the Walls of Death

A page with sample of Paris green paint (arsenic)

One of only a handful of surviving copies of Shadows from the walls of death; facts and inferences prefacing a book of specimens of arsenical wall papers (Lansing, 1874) by Professor Robert C. Kedzie, a physician turned chemistry professor who for many years taught at Michigan Agricultural College is held in Special Collections. Appointed to the first State Board of Health for Michigan, Kedzie wrote of the deaths that resulted from wall paper tinted with arsenic (Paris green). The color gradually dusted off the walls, and one who lived in the house so papered might absorb enough to cause death. Kedzie cut up 80 rolls of wall paper containing the deadly arsenic-green and produced 100 copies for distribution to state libraries along with his scientific conclusions. Before long the use of arsenic to produce the greens in wall paper disappeared.

The copy in Special Collections has been conserved and the wall paper specimens encapsulated to protect staff and patrons.

SiRO: Studies in Radicalism Online

Radicalism Image taken from The Masses

An online portal aggregating materials related to the study of radicalism

Stanley C. and Selma D. Hollander Faculty Book Collection

Beaumont Tower in the Spring

Selma and Stanley Hollander Faculty Book Collection

The Selma and Stanley Hollander Faculty Book Collection was established in 1998 to recognize and honor the impressive body of scholarly and creative work produced by MSU faculty, emeriti faculty, and staff each year. The collection includes books, musical scores, and multimedia works which were authored, edited, or translated by MSU faculty, as well as recordings of musical performances. The collection currently includes over 3,500 titles. Whenever possible, two copies of each work are acquired, with one copy placed in the Main Library or appropriate branch library, and the other copy in the Selma and Stanley Hollander Faculty Book Collection located in the Main Library, west wing, adjacent to the Director's office. Both copies are available for circulation. View the list of titles added to the Selma and Stanley Hollander Faculty Book Collection in 2014 (pdf).

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