American Archives Month 2016

3 10 2016


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


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 15thnk5yb

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.

7-1d-200-31-a002743The 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 –

Twelve Twenty-Five book signing and talk – October 26th


Image: MSU Press

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

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

Speaking at Ingham County Genealogical Society

6 04 2010

This Thursday, April 8, 2010, Public Services Archivist Portia Vescio will be speaking at the Ingham County Genealogical Society meeting.  Portia will be giving a presentation about genealogical resources that are available in the University Archives & Historical Collections.  She will also discuss rules for using the archives and what researchers can expect when they arrive in the reading room.

The presentation will be at 7:00pm at the Vevay Township Hall, 780 Eden Road, in Mason, Michigan.  For questions, please contact Portia at 517-884-6442 or

Events this Week

26 10 2009

We have a special hours change for this week only.  On Friday, October 30, 2009 the University Archives and Historical Collections will be closed between 11:30AM and 1:30PM.  We will be open to the public between 8:30-11:30AM and 1:30-4:30PM.  Please note that the change is hours is for Friday, October 30 only.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Just a reminder that on Wednesday, October 28 Archivists from the Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections will present at the meeting of the Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society.  The event begins at 7:00PM and is located at the Plymouth Congregational Church.  Archivist Ed Busch and Director Cynthia Ghering will give an overview of the University Archives and Historical Collections, explain how to search for collections online, and discuss some of the genealogical resources that are in the collections.

If you have any questions about the Genealogical Society event  or the change in hours, please contact us at

Upcoming Genealogy Event

14 10 2009

Archivists from the Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections will do a presentation at the October 28, 2009 meeting of the Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society.  Director Cynthia Ghering and Processing Archivist Ed Busch will give an overview of the University Archives & Historical Collections, discuss some of the genealogical collections, and explain how to search the library catalog to find collections.  The event begins at 7:00PM and is located at the Plymouth Congregational Church.

Any questions about the event can be sent to  To get an advance look at descriptions of the genealogical collections, you can view our collection guide to the genealogical collections.

Spring Outreach Roundup

5 05 2009

The MSU Archives has had a busy couple of weeks promoting itself and our services.  On Thursday, April 23 archivist Portia Vescio gave a joint presentation with history professor Javier Pescador about Title IX era sports and Michigan State University. PowerPoint slides from that presentation are available online.

Portia also gave a lunchtime presentation on April 23 to the East Lansing Prime Time group.  She spoke about the history of the women’s course at MSU.

The Archives also participated in Take Your Child to Work Day on April 23.  Tours of the archives were offered to those who stopped by.

On May 2 the Archives participated in the David R. Caterino Collector’s Showcase at the Main Branch of the Capital Area District Library in Lansing, Michigan.  Archivists passed out collection guides on Lansing and genealogical collections as well as brochures, postcards, and publicity materials.

We will be staffing booths at several more events this summer, so please keep an eye on this page to find out what is coming up.

Archivist Ed Busch shows his daughter Emma her great grandfather in an old MSU yearbook.

Archivist Ed Busch shows his daughter Emma her great grandfather in an old MSU yearbook.

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.