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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!

Feeding America

Feeding America, illustrated loaves of bread

The Michigan State University Library and the MSU Museum have partnered to create an online collection of some of the most influential and important American cookbooks from the late 18th to early 20th century. The goal of this project is to make these materials available to a wider audience. Digital images of the pages of each cookbook are available as well as full-text transcriptions and the ability to search within the books, across the collection, in order to find specific information.

Fencing

illustration of two men fencing in traditional garb

Over the years the Special Collections Division in the MSU Libraries has been enriched by the generosity of friends and donors. One of the finest examples of this generosity is the Charles and Ruth Schmitter Fencing Collection, the gift of Charles Schmitter, MSU's retired fencing coach and professor emeritus of health and physical education, and Ruth, his wife. Now numbering almost 600 titles in thirteen languages spanning four centuries, this unique research collection rivals any in the country in size, quality, and breadth.

To see digitized pieces of the collection, visit the Digital and Multimedia Center's Digital Fencing Collection.

For more information, see the MSU Libraries' Special Collection website's Fencing Collection.

Footpaths to Freeways

Map of Michigan

This online exhibit traces how roads have been depicted on Michigan maps from the time it was a territory to the present. In addition to maps, it includes photographs, unique short-lived route guides and artifacts. Maps evolved in step with the road system and showed advances such as named roads which were in time replaced with numbered state and federal routes. Publishers include map giants Rand McNally and Gousha who also supplied oil companies with their ubiquitous freely distributed roadmaps.

The Footpaths to Freeways exhibit is located on the web.

 

Gervase Markham

Pages from the Art of Fowling

Special Collections is pleased to hold a large collection of books by Gervase Markham (1568-1637) who, in the late 16th and early 17th century, wrote on a variety of topics most relevant to his times: husbandry, horsemanship, archery, farriery, household recipes, hunting, fishing, and the art of war were all topics of Markham's many books.  This is not to say he was an expert in any of these fields; indeed, his cures for horse ailments often did more harm than good. Nevertheless, Markham's books were very popular as witnessed by their many editions, and he has been described as the best known writer of his day. Our latest acquisition is the scarce second edition of  Hungers prevention, or, The whole art of fowling by water and land : containing all the secrets belonging to that art, and brought into a true forme or method ..., which provides instructions and charming illustrations for gathering and hunting for food. It is also the first book to describe the existence of flintlock and its use on sitting fowl.

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