Speaking at Ingham County Genealogical Society

6 04 2010

This Thursday, April 8, 2010, Public Services Archivist Portia Vescio will be speaking at the Ingham County Genealogical Society meeting.  Portia will be giving a presentation about genealogical resources that are available in the University Archives & Historical Collections.  She will also discuss rules for using the archives and what researchers can expect when they arrive in the reading room.

The presentation will be at 7:00pm at the Vevay Township Hall, 780 Eden Road, in Mason, Michigan.  For questions, please contact Portia at 517-884-6442 or vescio@msu.edu.





Events this Week

26 10 2009

We have a special hours change for this week only.  On Friday, October 30, 2009 the University Archives and Historical Collections will be closed between 11:30AM and 1:30PM.  We will be open to the public between 8:30-11:30AM and 1:30-4:30PM.  Please note that the change is hours is for Friday, October 30 only.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Just a reminder that on Wednesday, October 28 Archivists from the Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections will present at the meeting of the Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society.  The event begins at 7:00PM and is located at the Plymouth Congregational Church.  Archivist Ed Busch and Director Cynthia Ghering will give an overview of the University Archives and Historical Collections, explain how to search for collections online, and discuss some of the genealogical resources that are in the collections.

If you have any questions about the Genealogical Society event  or the change in hours, please contact us at archives@msu.edu.





Upcoming Genealogy Event

14 10 2009

Archivists from the Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections will do a presentation at the October 28, 2009 meeting of the Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society.  Director Cynthia Ghering and Processing Archivist Ed Busch will give an overview of the University Archives & Historical Collections, discuss some of the genealogical collections, and explain how to search the library catalog to find collections.  The event begins at 7:00PM and is located at the Plymouth Congregational Church.

Any questions about the event can be sent to archives@msu.edu.  To get an advance look at descriptions of the genealogical collections, you can view our collection guide to the genealogical collections.





Spring Outreach Roundup

5 05 2009

The MSU Archives has had a busy couple of weeks promoting itself and our services.  On Thursday, April 23 archivist Portia Vescio gave a joint presentation with history professor Javier Pescador about Title IX era sports and Michigan State University. PowerPoint slides from that presentation are available online.

Portia also gave a lunchtime presentation on April 23 to the East Lansing Prime Time group.  She spoke about the history of the women’s course at MSU.

The Archives also participated in Take Your Child to Work Day on April 23.  Tours of the archives were offered to those who stopped by.

On May 2 the Archives participated in the David R. Caterino Collector’s Showcase at the Main Branch of the Capital Area District Library in Lansing, Michigan.  Archivists passed out collection guides on Lansing and genealogical collections as well as brochures, postcards, and publicity materials.

We will be staffing booths at several more events this summer, so please keep an eye on this page to find out what is coming up.

Archivist Ed Busch shows his daughter Emma her great grandfather in an old MSU yearbook.

Archivist Ed Busch shows his daughter Emma her great grandfather in an old MSU yearbook.





Spotlight: Genealogy Collections

27 03 2009

A common question asked at the MSU Archives is, “Do you have any information about my family’s history?”  Sometimes, unfortunately, we have to tell people, “I’m sorry, no.”  Other times we can say, “Yes, we do!”   Although family history is not a collecting focus of the MSU Archives, we do have many collections and resources that can be used to track down family history.  For genealogists who are interested in finding out more about their genealogyfamily’s history, archivist Ed Busch has created a guide to our genealogy collections that relate to families, individuals, and churches to help people see if their family’s history might be located in the MSU Archives.

The genealogical guide lists about 75 different resources for family history that can be found in the MSU Archives.  The guide  lists the name of the collection, the size, and a brief description.  For MSU related publications, only the title and years of the publication are given.  We do not have these publications digitized yet, although we do hope to have greater on-line access to our collections later this year.  A pdf version of the guide is available here.








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