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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!

History of the Book (HST 475 / ENG 475)

Old book

Do you have a passion for books? Have you seen the treasures that MSU’s libraries hold? HST 475/ENG 475, a seminar course, will examine the history of books, reading, and printing from the late Middle Ages until the present. Created and taught in conjunction with the staff of Special Collections at the Main Library, the seminar will consider the evolution of print culture by using specimens from MSU’s varied collections. Discussions will emerge from readings on book history as well as on interactions with the librarians who investigate, preserve, and organize the collections. The focus of the seminar will be on print in all its forms: From manuscripts to comic books, from early print to newspapers and mass market publishing. Students interested in intellectual and cultural history, library science, and literature are particularly encouraged to take this course. The course is crosslisted in both History and English, serving students in both CSS and CAL and held on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:20-11:40, Fall Semester, 2018 in 106A Berkey Hall and Main Library.

Interviews with Michigan Supreme Court Justices

man in courtroom arguing before four judges

This collection includes transcripts and attached audio files of interviews with retired Michigan Supreme Court Justices. The interviews were conducted and transcribed by the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society. Digitization of the audio and text files was performed by the Digital & Multimedia Center at the MSU Libraries.

To see the transcripts and listen to the audio, please visit our Digital and Multimedia Center's website's digital collections:
Interviews with Michigan Supreme Court Justices.

Janet A. Ginsburg Chicago Tribune Collection

Chicago Tribute Alternative Text

In 2006, the Michigan State University received a gift of 5500 pages of historic Chicago Tribune. The dates of these pages range from 1880-1940 and focus on the ca. 12,000 images represented by the paper, not merely black and white images commonly used, rather the important and at times pioneering colorful images from masters like Grant Wood and Mary Casset and famed cartoonist, John T. McCutcheon. This collection of scanned images and underlying database offers access to a rich set of cartoons, photographs, illustrations, advertisements, etc., in hopes of enticing scholars to visit East Lansing to see the original print artifacts carefully conserved and housed in the Michigan State University Library’s Special Collections. With scores of patents to its credit, the Chicago Tribune Co. helped shape the way newspapers tell their stories through the use of color and we hope that our efforts help you to further explore visual innovations in newsprint.

Visit the Janet A. Ginsburg Chicago Tribune Collection

 

Land, Lots and Lore: Cadastral Maps Through Time

1847 map of the Town of Michigan

This exhibit presents several examples of manuscript cadastral maps, historical plat maps, and contemporary GIS-based cadastral resources, showing various methods of presenting property information over time.  It is adapted from a physical exhibit in the MSU Main Library that ran November 2016 through February 2017.

See the online exhibit.​

Exhibit produced by Kathleen Weessies and Tim Kiser

LexisNexis Congressional Hearings

People taking a pledge

LexisNexis Congressional Hearings Digital Collection (1824-2003)

Congressional hearings offer unique insight into the players and issues of key political, historical and legal events and processes. This collection contains the full text of hearing transcripts, including all oral statements, committee questions, and discussion. They can also contain texts of related reports, statistical analyses, correspondence, exhibits, and articles presented by witnesses or inserted into the record by committee members and staff.

Also included are more than 28,000 unpublished hearings, covering investigations of leaks, foreign intelligence, nuclear power, corrupt government officials and labor management relations and more.

Examples:

  • U.S. Congress. Joint Committee on Conduct of the War. Attack on Petersburg, July 30, 1864, Dec. 17, 20, 1864, Jan. 13, 17, 1865.
  • U.S. Senate. Committee on Commerce. "Titanic" Disaster. April 19, 1912.
  • U.S. Congress. Joint Committee on Atomic Energy. Underwater Test in the Pacific Area, May 9, 1955.
  • U.S. Senate. Committee on Judiciary, Comic Books and Juvenile Delinquency. 1955.

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