October is American Archives Month. Not sure what that means? Archives are places that store information that are described by firsthand facts, data, and evidence from letters, reports, notes, memos, photographs, audio and video recordings, and other primary sources. In other words, October is the month where we celebrate the records that tell us what happened in our own history.
To celebrate American Archives Month, the University Archives & Historical Collections will be holding several events. We encourage participation by people interested in archives.
Once again we are holding an American Archives Month Trivia Contest. The contest is open to MSU faculty, staff and students; MSU alumni; and the greater Lansing community. This contest opens on Monday, October 4 and will end on Friday, October 29. Three winners will be chosen at random from among the correct entries and will be notified the following week. This year’s prize is a color reproduction of a class rivalry poster. To learn more about the class rivalry and see poster samples, see our previous blog post.
Good luck and thank you for playing!!
Lifelong Library Faculty Emeriti Program
On Friday October 8, Public Services Archivist Portia Vescio will be speaking to the MSU Library’s Lifelong Library Emeriti Program. The title of Portia’s talk is, “The Legacy of the Past: Faculty Collections in the University Archives & Historical Collections.” In this session emeriti faculty will learn how the University Archives & Historical Collections maintains the history of MSU with a focus on the collections of former faculty members. You will see some of the treasures from the collections and discover online sites about MSU history. You can also learn how your own faculty experience can become a permanent part of MSU history.
The event is taking place in the North Conference room on the 4th Floor, West of the Main Library from 10:00-11:30am. Seating is limited, so for to reserve your place, you must register by calling Lisa Denison at 517/884-6449 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Michigan Archival Association Fall Workshops
On Wednesday, October 13, MSU is hosting the Michigan Archival Association Fall Workshops. Two SAA webinars will be presented at the Michigan State University Main Library from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.
The sessions are Thinking Digital… Practical Session to Help Get you Started and Electronic Records: Preservation of PDFs. Cost for the workshop is $10.00 for one session or $15.00 for both. These are the same sessions that would normally cost you $370.00 to access.
Email Management Basics Class for MSU Staff
On Monday, October 18, Director Cynthia Ghering is conducting a presentation on Email Management Basics to the Administrative Data Users Community (ADUC). The presentation will take place 1:00pm – 3:00pm in 145 Comm Arts Building.
In this presentation, University Archives director, Cynthia Ghering, will review several techniques for managing email correspondence, regardless of individual software systems. In addition, Cynthia will review the university’s current retention schedules applicable to business records commonly found in email systems …so that ADUC members can identify university business records in their email inbox. Cynthia will demonstrate how to set up an email folder structure according to the retention schedules and how to store and preserve these records outside of common email systems. Our goal is a practical workshop that ADUC members can go back to their office and implement immediately!
This presentation is open to members of the Administrative Data Users Community (ADUC).
Spartacus showing at the East Lansing Film Festival
Did you know that in 1959 crowd cheers for the movie Spartacus were recorded before an MSU home football game? Actor John Gavin, who played Julius Caesar in the film, came to campus to lead the crowd. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the release of the film, on Wednesday, October 27, the University Archives is sponsoring a showing of the movie Spartacus through the East Lansing Film Festival. The movie will be at 7:00pm in the East Lansing Hannah Community Center. The archives will be there with prizes and giveaways.