October is American Archives Month

4 10 2009

The mission of the Michigan State University Archives & Historical collections is to preserve the history of the University and make it available for researchers.  Founded in the fall of 1969, the University Archives & Historical Collections (UAHC) has materials dating back through all of MSU’s history.  This year American Archives Month coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections.

To celebrate American Archives Month, the MSU University Archives & Historical Collections is holding a trivia contest that is open to MSU faculty, staff and students; MSU alumni; and the greater Lansing community.  The theme of the trivia contest is MSU in 1969, the year of the archives’ creation.  The contest will end at 5:00pm on Friday, October 30.  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 2009 Spartan Trivia Champion t-shirt.  Winners will be notified the week after the contest ends.

The questions are available online or as a PDF document.

Good luck and thank you for playing!!

Upcoming Events: Ag Expo and Great Dairy Adventure

13 07 2009

The University Archives will participate in two events next week that celebrate MSU’s agricultural heritage.  Ag Expo is on July 21-23 on the MSU Campus in the area north of Mt. Hope near the intersection with Farm Lane.  This year is the 30th anniversary of Ag Expo, which is the state’s largest and longest running outdoor farm show.  The MSU Archives will have a booth in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) tent.  The theme for CANR is “Family Futures,” so the theme for the archives is “Ensuring Family Futures by Preserving Family Pasts.”  Handouts about preserving family history for both children and adults will be available at the booth and archivists will be on hand to consult with people on their preservation and research needs.  On Tuesday, July 21, the MSU Archives will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with free cake in the CANR tent.  The cake will be served at 1:00pm.  For more information you can visit the Ag Expo website.

The Great Dairy Adventure will be on Wednesday, July 22 in the MSU Pavilion.  Focusing on dairy, the Great Dairy Adventure will allow children to pet different breeds of cows, milk a cow, be a milk mustache celebrity and more.  There will also be free dairy treats available.  The booth for the MSU Archives will feature facts about the history of dairying at MSU.  A handout/coloring sheet featuring Belle Sarcastic, a famous MSU dairy cow, will be free to children.

Admission and parking are free for both events.  Directions are available on the Ag Expo website.  The two activities are located near each other and families could easily visit both in one day.  We hope to see you next week!

Upcoming Events

30 01 2009

Now that the archives reading room is reopening, we thought we would share more of our upcoming events with you.  The University Archives was founded 40 years ago in November 1969 and as part of our anniversary celebration we are offering several lectures and other events.  First up is a class offered through the Evening College program.  Public Services Archivist Portia Vescio is teaching a three lecture class beginning Wednesday, February 18, 2009.  The class is, Beanies to Bodypiercings: 150 Years of MSU Student Life. 


The class will explore 150 years of Michigan State University student history and culture.  Historical highlights will be provided via diaries, letters, scrapbooks, newspapers, and other publications.  Beginning with 1857 when the first students entered MSU, through the underground culture of the 1960s, and 1970s and beyond, we will explore topics such as student rules and regulations, curriculum, activities, athletics, women and minorities, and civil disobedience.  Participants will also learn about the MSU Archives and its resources and how to locate materials online.


You need not be affiliated with MSU to register for the course.  For more information please contact the Evening College Program. 

Almost Finished

27 01 2009

The renovations are actually proceeding on schedule.  The installation of the carpet finished over the weekend thanks to the willingness of one of our staff members to spend her entire Saturday at work.  The rest of the staff appreciates your sacrifice. 

We are in the home stretch now as the new cubicle, excuse me, open office space, walls are being installed.  The furniture installation will finish today.  Staff will use the rest of the week to move into their new offices and to set up the resources in the reading room.  We plan to reopen to the public on February 2, 2009 as scheduled.  We hope that you will stop by to see the new reading room.  We also hope to host at least one open house this year in honor of our 40th anniversary.  See you soon!

The new reference area is being set up.

The new reference area is being set up.