Normal Hours Resume Monday, August 25

22 08 2014

The MSU Archives will resume normal hours starting Monday, August 25, 2014.

Reading Room hours:

Mondays and Tuesdays: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursdays and Fridays: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding during this summer’s construction project.




Fall Hours Update

26 08 2010

The Fall Semester at MSU begins in less than a week.  While students are trying to get their textbooks and figure out where their classes are going to be, archivists are preparing for the classes and new student researchers.  Several classes will be using the archives this fall, including a freshman seminar that will be taught by Public Services Archivist Portia Vescio.  The class will be taught out of the archives and will teach students about the history of the college through the primary resource materials available in the archives.  Because of this class, there will be a slight adjust to the open hours at the University Archives and Historical Collections.

The hours for the fall semester will be:

Monday  8:30-12, 1-4:30

Tuesday 8:30-12, 1-4:30

Wednesday   1-4:30

Thursday   8:30-12, 1-4

Friday  8:30-12, 1-4:30

If the staff finds that more open hours are needed to accommodate the classes, we will let you know.

Open House at University Archives

29 04 2010

On Tuesday, May 11, 2010 from 5:00-6:30pm the University Archives & Historical Collections (UAHC) will host an open house for staff from Libraries, Computing & Technology departments.  Staff will view the recently renovated UAHC reading room and see the new movable shelving.  Highlights from the collections will be on display and staff will learn fun facts about MSU’s history.  Among the highlights will be maps from throughout campus history, scrapbooks from alumni, and class rivalry posters.

At 6:30pm University Records Archivist Whitney Miller will be giving a presentation to the MSU Alumni Club of Mid-Michigan.  Whitney will be speaking about the unique collections, current educational projects using archival materials, and our new online presence.  Everyone is invited to stay for the presentation in the Conrad Hall Auditorium.

The UAHC will also be celebrating National Preservation Week.  May 9-15, 2010 is the American’ Library Association’s first Preservation Week.  The theme of preservation week is to save our heritage and memories.  In honor of that event the UAHC will be promoting Be Your Family Archivist.  There will be handouts for both adults and children with helpful tips about preserving your family’s history.

Light refreshments will be provided in the Conrad Hall Lobby.  We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Open House:
101 Conrad Hall
Whitney Miller’s Presentation on Spartan History:
102 Conrad Hall

Please RSVP by May 6 to Mary Patterson or Portia Vescio at 355-2330 or email

March Hours Update

18 03 2010

There are a couple of closing to our normal March reference schedule.  The reading room of the University Archives & Historical Collections will be closed on Friday, March 19 from 3:00-4:30pm.  The reading room will also be closed on Tuesday, March 30 from 1-4:30pm.   We apologize for any inconvenience the closings may cause you.  People needing to contact the archives should email or call 517-355-2330.  We will respond to you queries as soon as we are able.

Holiday Hours 2009

17 12 2009

The end of the year is quickly approaching and as we near the holiday season there will be a few closures to the reading room hours of the University Archives & Historical Collections.  Holiday hours will be as follows:

Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 21-22, 2009            8:30-12, 1-4:30

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009                          By appointment only

Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 24-27, 2009           Closed

Monday- Tuesday, Dec. 28-29, 2009           8:30-12, 1-4:30

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009                         By appointment only

Thursday-Sunday Dec. 31- Jan 3, 2010       Closed

For persons wishing to make appointments, please contact the University Archives at 517-355-2330 or email

Thank you for all your support this year!  We look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year.

Busiest Month on Record

2 12 2009

When you think of archives, what is it that comes to mind?  A quiet place with dusty, old books that only gets visitors because people wander in lost off the street?  If that is what you think, you clearly were not one of the over 200 visitors to the MSU Archives & Historical Collections in the month of November.  That number makes November our busiest month on record and December is starting out just as busy.  As the semester draws to a close and students hurriedly work on their papers, the archives has been a filled to the brim, and then some, with researchers working on projects.   Our staff have compiled some suggestions to help researchers get the most out of their experience using an archive.

  • Students don’t like getting up early.  I’m sure this bit of wisdom is not shocking to anyone who has been on a college campus before.  In terms of helping your visit to the archives, it means that mornings are typically pretty quiet.  There are lots of places to sit and you aren’t competing with 20 other people for one of our chairs.  We open at 8:30am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Start early in the morning!
  • Have a topic in mind before you come in.  Our staff like to help people find resources, but we don’t like suggesting topics to people.  We don’t know your likes and dislikes.  We do know our collections, so if you come in with even a broad topic that helps us more than just asking, “What have you got?”  We do try to put information on the Internet so people can get suggestions before they arrive.  You can search the library catalog for collections in the archives.  (Hint: limit your location to just the University Archives & Historical Collections and try different keywords.)  You can also try browsing our collection guides.
  • Call ahead.  This is by no means required, but if you call (517-355-2330) or email ( ahead of time to let us know when you will be visiting and what you want to see, we can have it waiting for you when you arrive.  This saves a little bit of waiting for staff to bring collections to you and lets you spend all of your time doing research.  However, if you can’t make it when you said you would, please call and let us know, otherwise, we’ll reshelve your material and you will have t wait for us to pull it again.

Thanks for all your patience!  We hope to see you soon.