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: 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. 

MSU Women Featured in Exhibit

9 03 2009

Lansing, Michigan celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2009.  In honor of that occasion the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame have created an exhibit, Creating a Community:  The Early Women of Lansing.  Among the 21 women featured in the exhibit are some that have relevance to the history of Michigan State University or are featured in collections contained the the MSU Archives.

Dora Hall Stockman

Dora Hall Stockman

Among the featured women is Dora Hall Stockman, who was, among many other things, the first woman elected to the State Board of Agriculture in 1919.  At that time the State Board of Agriculture was the governing body for the college.  While on the Board she pushed for an expansion of the curriculum to include more liberal arts.  Another woman featured in the exhibit with an MSU connection is Kate Marvin Kedzie.  She was married to Frank S. Kedzie, the 8th president of MSU.  A photograph from the MSU Archives of Kate Kedzie is featured in the exhibit, as are materials from the MSU Museum relating to Dora Hall Stockman.

Another woman featured in the exhibit is Metta Woodward Olds, who was the wife of Ransom E. Olds.  Metta Olds was dedicated to helping others and encouraged her husband to contribute to a number of women’s organizations.  The papers of Ransom E. Olds are in the MSU Archives.

For more information on the exhibit, please visit the website of the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame:  http://www.michiganwomenshalloffame.org