Summer’s Almost Gone…

28 08 2017

It has been a very busy summer at the MSU Archives.  Before we get started on what is to be a fun and productive fall, let’s recap a few of the big events of the summer.

Grandparents University

We have been participating in the Alumni Association’s Grandparents University for many years, and it’s always a rewarding experience. This year we taught one session titled “College Then and Now” to 17 grandparents and their grandchildren.  They enjoyed a short presentation about college life through the years, and got to peruse scrapbooks created by students in the 1910s.  Many participated in fun activities like making postcards, writing letters with dip pens, and using a typewriter.

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Grandparents and their grandchild looking at student directories during the MSU Archives’ Green and White Night Open House

As part of Grandparents University, the Alumni Association held a Green and White Night tailgate in the courtyard between Akers, Hubbard, Fee, and Conrad Halls.  It featured food, music, games, and a giant inflatable Sparty.  The MSU Archives hosted an open house during Green and White Night.  Approximately 75-100 people dropped in to view materials from our collections, and to chat with the archivists.  We had a scavenger hunt style trivia contest, where participants hunted for answers in the displayed materials.

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Giant inflatable Sparty at Green and White Night

Alumni University (formerly Alumni Reunion Days)

This year the Alumni Association invited us to host a tour for Alumni University.  Twenty-five enthusiastic alumni came to the archives to tour the reading room, staff area, and a display of materials from our collections.  Unfortunately, the bus driver got lost on the way and the group arrived late.  As a result, we did not have time to show them our high-density storage area.  The group was very engaged in the photographs, documents, ephemera, and other materials on display.  They also asked many thoughtful questions.

We also created a pop up exhibit for the hospitality room at the Kellogg Center for Alumni University.  We filled the room with reproductions of photographs and publications from the mid-1960s through the early 1990s.  Alumni were asked to jot down a few memories of their student days at Michigan State to be preserved in the MSU Archives.

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Photo of WDBM DJ in 1989. This is one of the images displayed in the Alumni University Hospitality Room

Collections Update

Despite being busy with events, classes, and researchers, we arranged and described many new collections, including:

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Pages from Mary Neller’s college scrapbook (Walter Neller family papers, scrapbook #3)

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Upcoming MSU Archives Events – Fall 2013

17 09 2013

We have a very busy fall schedule here at the MSU Archives!

The MSU Archives has two offerings in October through Alumni LENS (formerly Evening College).  First is a two-night presentation by Assistant Director Portia Vescio titled “Toil and Trouble at MSU.”  On October 16 and 23, Portia will tell stories of rascals and riots, horrific pranks and libelous publications—just a few of the colorful items from MSU’s historical and (sometimes) troubling times. You will be able to view some of the original materials from the University Archives’ collections that document these times.  For more information, please visit http://alumni.msu.edu/programs/lens/courseSummary.cfm?activity=76.

The second offering is a tour of the MSU Archives hosted by Collections & Outreach Archivist Megan Badgley Malone.  The tour includes the Archives’ closed stacks, which are usually off-limits to the public.  You will have the opportunity to view archival gems such as the earliest campus maps and photographs, unique student publications, Rose Bowl programs, diaries and letters of MSU presidents and the letter that Charles Darwin wrote to William Beal. You will also see our Historical Collections, materials not directly related to MSU, but of great historical significance. These materials include Civil War diaries and letters, ledgers from the Battle Creek Sanitarium and photos from the REO Motor Car Company.  For more information, please visit http://alumni.msu.edu/programs/lens/courseSummary.cfm?activity=69.  The correct address for the MSU Archives is: 888 Wilson Rd. Conrad Hall, Room 101.

We have several classes coming in this fall for instructional sessions on how to use archives.  During these sessions, students will have an opportunity to view archival materials from our collections.  MSU professors who would like to have their classes come into the MSU Archives are encouraged to contact Megan Malone.  These instructional sessions can be tailored to the specific needs of the students.

A training session on Records Management and Retention at MSU, provided through Human Resource Development, will be held October 17 from 2:30-4:30 pm.  Presented by Assistant Records Archivist Jennie Russell, this session will cover the rules, regulations, and strategies necessary to manage your unit’s records.  MSU employees can register through ebs.msu.edu.

On October 30 from 2:00-4:00 pm, a Research Data Management CAFE is being held in room 215 of the Computer Center. CAFEs are Communities for Advising, Facilitating and Enabling supported by the Vice Provost for Libraries and IT Services.  The Research Data Management CAFE is intended to facilitate cross-campus communication and knowledge sharing about research data management at MSU. The group will discuss topics related to research data management such as, but not limited to, documents for grant proposals, case studies, best practices, scholarly communication issues, application development, technology infrastructure, and services and support for researchers. The CAFE will meet quarterly during fall and spring semesters and it is open to all interested MSU faculty, staff, and students. The intended outcomes of the Research Data Management CAFE are to develop new professional networks and contacts, discover ways to improve campus offerings, and increase awareness of mutual challenges and goals.

Finally, October is American Archives Month!  American Archives Month is celebrated every October to promote the value of archives and archivists. We will be holding our annual trivia contest which will focus on MSU history.  More details will be available at the beginning of October.