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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!

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.


Gast-Kresge Food Fight (MSU-UM)

shopping cart at grocery store

Gast-Kresge Library Food Drive Competition

Dates: Tuesday, March 5 through Friday May 24, 2019


  • William C. Gast Business Library (Broad College of Business, Michigan State University, East Lansing)
  • Kresge Business Administration Library (Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

For people at the University of Michigan, beating Sparty never gets old.  And for people at Michigan State University, showing up the Wolverines from Ann Arbor can be as good as it gets.  Whether it is on the football field, the basketball court, the baseball diamond, in case competitions, in job searches...it always feels great to one up our brethren schools in Michigan.  This is the true nature of a great rivalry that these two schools share.  This year the business libraries at these two great schools are taking this competitive spirit and putting the rivalry to good use. We will pit the students, staff and faculty at the two business schools against each other to help out those less fortunate in our two communities by collecting food and personal items to donate to area food banks.  

We have drop off boxes in the Gast Business Library near the Circulation Desk to collect non-perishable food items and personal products. See our list of possible donations for more information. Students - Take this opportunity to clean out your cupboards before moving! 

Redemption Time! We had a food drive competition in 2013, and unfortunately MSU lost by 6 boxes. This year we want to win! So please drop off your food or personal item donations to the Gast Business Library!

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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Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson – Happy 100th Birthday

"Here's To You Mr. Robinson. Happy 100th Birthday" with photo of Jackie Robinson

Now through May 2019
Main Library, 4th Floor, West Wing

An exhibit highlighting Jackie Robinson's life and career from the Negro leagues to his legacy as a champion of Civil Rights.

Exhibit produced by Sheila Bryant and Grace Haynes