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.
UAHC is celebrating American Archives Month with several special events throughout October.
#AskanArchivist – October 5th
We’re kicking off American Archives Month with #AskanArchivist on Twitter. This “day-long event, sponsored by the Society of American Archivists, will give you the opportunity to connect directly with archivists in your community — and around the country — to ask questions, get information, or just satisfy your curiosity.” [Read SAA’s full news release here]. If you have any questions for MSU’s archivists, simply tweet at @MSUArchives with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist.
MSU History presentation at CADL Mason – October 5th
Megan Badgley Malone, collections & outreach archivist, will take you through 160 years of MSU history in 60 minutes at the Mason branch of Capital Area District Libraries on Wednesday, October 5th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Learn about the fascinating history of everyone’s favorite land grant university in this presentation featuring beautiful historic photographs from UAHC’s collections. Registration is required. Call 517-676-9088 or register online.
1966 Game of the Century 50th Anniversary Celebration – October 12th
On October 12th, MSU Archives is hosting a 1966 Game of the Century 50th Anniversary Celebration. The event will feature a discussion of the game by 1966 MSU Spartan football players, including Jimmy Raye, Clinton Jones, Regis Cavender, Bob Apisa, Jerry West, Sterling Armstrong, and defensive coordinator Hank Bullough, as well as George Goeddeke of Notre Dame (link: bios). Sports radio broadcaster and author Jack Ebling will serve as moderator. Archival materials from our collections, including those related to the game, will be on display in the UAHC Reading Room.
Starting at 6:00 pm, Jimmy Raye and Tom Shanahan will be signing copies of Tom’s book Raye of Light. Author David J. Young will also be available to sign copies of his book The Student and His Professor: John Hannah, Ralph Aigler, and the Origin of the Michigan State-Michigan Rivalry. Light refreshments will be provided.
The 1966 Game of the Century 50th Anniversary Celebration will be held at Conrad Hall from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public. We are asking people to RSVP so we can monitor the capacity of Conrad Hall. RSVP by calling 517-355-2330 or online 1966gotc.eventbrite.com.
This event is hosted by Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, with sponsorship provided by the Office for Inclusion & Intercultural Initiatives.
Genealogy Research in Archives at CADL South Lansing – October 15th
UAHC cataloger Susan O’Brien will present an informative session on Genealogical Research in Archives at CADL’s South Lansing branch from 2:00 to 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 15th. Learn techniques for researching your families’ history, and about UAHC’s collections.
The Civil War in Michigan at CADL Leslie – October 20th
On Thursday October 20, from 6:15pm to 7:15pm at the CADL Leslie branch, Ed Busch and Ryan Huey will discuss UAHC’s Civil War website and some of the most interesting collection highlights, including diaries, letters, and photographs from the American Civil War period.
Alumni LENS Coffee with the Profs – October 24th
Have you ever wondered where the Rock came from? How did the idea of having a Sacred Space develop? What’s the story behind the MSU fight song? Take a trip through MSU’s rich history in this session presented by the University Archives & Historical Collections. Hear fascinating facts about MSU history, campus traditions, and things every Spartan should know! This presentation by archivist Megan Badgley Malone is hosted by MSU Alumni Association, and will be held at the Kellogg Center on Monday, October 24th from 10:00 to 11:30 am. Registration to attend in person is available online. There will be a livestream for those who are not able to attend – http://livestream.com/msualumni.
Twelve Twenty-Five book signing and talk – October 26th
On October 26th, MSU Press is presenting a lecture by Kevin P. Keefe at Conrad Hall to mark the release of his book Twelve Twenty-Five. The book chronicles the Pere Marquette 1225 train, which once resided at MSU and later became the inspiration for The Polar Express children’s book and movie. We will host an open house of the MSU Archives as part of the event. The event runs from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The author will be available for a book signing prior to the lecture. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. R.S.V.P. online at PM1225.eventbrite.com.
The Civil War in Michigan at CADL Downtown Lansing – October 27th
To wrap up American Archives Month, Ed Busch and Ryan Huey will have a repeat performance of their Civil War in Michigan presentation at CADL’s Downtown Lansing branch. It will be held on Thursday, October 27th from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.
Help us celebrate American Archives Month by joining us for some (or all!) of our fun events throughout October.
Written by Megan Badgley Malone, collections and outreach archivist