Spotlight: Genealogy Collections

27 03 2009

A common question asked at the MSU Archives is, “Do you have any information about my family’s history?”  Sometimes, unfortunately, we have to tell people, “I’m sorry, no.”  Other times we can say, “Yes, we do!”   Although family history is not a collecting focus of the MSU Archives, we do have many collections and resources that can be used to track down family history.  For genealogists who are interested in finding out more about their genealogyfamily’s history, archivist Ed Busch has created a guide to our genealogy collections that relate to families, individuals, and churches to help people see if their family’s history might be located in the MSU Archives.

The genealogical guide lists about 75 different resources for family history that can be found in the MSU Archives.  The guide  lists the name of the collection, the size, and a brief description.  For MSU related publications, only the title and years of the publication are given.  We do not have these publications digitized yet, although we do hope to have greater on-line access to our collections later this year.  A pdf version of the guide is available here.

Spotlight: Lansing Collections

24 03 2009


The MSU Archives has over 70 collections relating to the city of Lansing, Michigan, its businesses and its people.  With Lansing celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2009, archivist Ed Busch has created a guide to our Lansing collections.


The Lansing guide lists the collections, their size, and gives a brief description of what researcher might expect to find.  lansing_page_01This guide serves as a starting point for people interested in Lansing history.  The collections listed in the guide vary in terms of size and content.  Included are publications, records of businesses, and papers of individual people or families.  Some collections may be small, such as the Lansing Automobile Club records, which contains just one folder of material, others are very large, such as the REO Motor Car Company records, which comprise over 160 cubic feet of material.  There are many collections of photographs, most prominently the Allan S. Thompson photograph collection which contains approximately 2000 images of Lansing from 1898 to 1913.   


A copy of the guide is available here.  The MSU Archives will be participating in some of the events for the Lansing 150th.  Remember to check our website for updates.