We have a very busy fall schedule here at the MSU Archives!
The MSU Archives has two offerings in October through Alumni LENS (formerly Evening College). First is a two-night presentation by Assistant Director Portia Vescio titled “Toil and Trouble at MSU.” On October 16 and 23, Portia will tell stories of rascals and riots, horrific pranks and libelous publications—just a few of the colorful items from MSU’s historical and (sometimes) troubling times. You will be able to view some of the original materials from the University Archives’ collections that document these times. For more information, please visit http://alumni.msu.edu/programs/lens/courseSummary.cfm?activity=76.
The second offering is a tour of the MSU Archives hosted by Collections & Outreach Archivist Megan Malone. The tour includes the Archives’ closed stacks, which are usually off-limits to the public. You will have the opportunity to view archival gems such as the earliest campus maps and photographs, unique student publications, Rose Bowl programs, diaries and letters of MSU presidents and the letter that Charles Darwin wrote to William Beal. You will also see our Historical Collections, materials not directly related to MSU, but of great historical significance. These materials include Civil War diaries and letters, ledgers from the Battle Creek Sanitarium and photos from the REO Motor Car Company. For more information, please visit http://alumni.msu.edu/programs/lens/courseSummary.cfm?activity=69. The correct address for the MSU Archives is: 888 Wilson Rd. Conrad Hall, Room 101.
We have several classes coming in this fall for instructional sessions on how to use archives. During these sessions, students will have an opportunity to view archival materials from our collections. MSU professors who would like to have their classes come into the MSU Archives are encouraged to contact Megan Malone. These instructional sessions can be tailored to the specific needs of the students.
A training session on Records Management and Retention at MSU, provided through Human Resource Development, will be held October 17 from 2:30-4:30 pm. Presented by Assistant Records Archivist Jennie Russell, this session will cover the rules, regulations, and strategies necessary to manage your unit’s records. MSU employees can register through ebs.msu.edu.
On October 30 from 2:00-4:00 pm, a Research Data Management CAFE is being held in room 215 of the Computer Center. CAFEs are Communities for Advising, Facilitating and Enabling supported by the Vice Provost for Libraries and IT Services. The Research Data Management CAFE is intended to facilitate cross-campus communication and knowledge sharing about research data management at MSU. The group will discuss topics related to research data management such as, but not limited to, documents for grant proposals, case studies, best practices, scholarly communication issues, application development, technology infrastructure, and services and support for researchers. The CAFE will meet quarterly during fall and spring semesters and it is open to all interested MSU faculty, staff, and students. The intended outcomes of the Research Data Management CAFE are to develop new professional networks and contacts, discover ways to improve campus offerings, and increase awareness of mutual challenges and goals.
Finally, October is American Archives Month! American Archives Month is celebrated every October to promote the value of archives and archivists. We will be holding our annual trivia contest which will focus on MSU history. More details will be available at the beginning of October.