The University Archives & Historical Collections teamed up with the MSU Library and the MSU Museum for a joint exhibit to commemorate Michigan’s role in the Civil War. The exhibit is located on the 4th West floor of the MSU Library and was arranged by Portia Vescio and Anita Ezzo. The exhibit contains books from the library collections, letters and photographs from the University Archives, and artifacts from the Museum. Some topics covered in the exhibit include recruiting and training, the hard life of a soldier, medicine, and battles. The exhibit will be up through most of the fall semester.
In 2011, the nation began commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. As part of this sesquicentennial commemoration, University Archives & Historical Collections staff are transcribing and digitizing its collections relating to the Civil War. These materials—including hundreds of pages of correspondence, diaries, musters, reminiscences, and photographs—will be made available online for public use. To find out more about these collections and other online exhibits, please visit our Civil War page.