American Archives Month is celebrated every October to promote the value of archives and archivists. The Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections (UAHC) is responsible for collecting and preserving the historical records of the nation’s pioneer land-grant university. In essence, the university archives is the memory of MSU. Our collections contain documents, photographs, scrapbooks, diaries, and audio and visual recordings on a variety of topics, including athletics, student life, and Michigan History. UAHC is a valuable resource for the MSU community, historians, publishers and producers, K-12 students, teachers, genealogists, and the general public.
To celebrate American Archives Month, the MSU Archives & Historical Collections is holding a trivia contest that focuses on the history of athletics at MSU. The contest is open to MSU faculty, staff and students, MSU alumni, and the greater Lansing community. This contest will end on Thursday, October 31. Three winners will be chosen at random from among the correct entries and will be notified the following week. The contest is available online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CN5SH6C.
Additionally, we will be showcasing our collections during two events offered 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 Badgley 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.