MSU Libraries archive Edit


MSS 313 large


  • 1940-2016 (Creation)


  • 24 Linear Feet (Whole)
    24 boxes

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  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The material is stored off site . Please request materials 3 days ahead of your visit.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, MSU Libraries archive, MSS 313, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Donated by MSU Library Staff members from 1940s to current.

  • Processing Information

    Processed by Molly Dean: May-July 2008, August 2009, continued processing by Leslie M. Behm.

  • Biographical / Historical

    The MSU Libraries began as a single reading room on the third floor of College Hall, the first classroom building at the Michigan Agricultural College. In the school's early years, students and faculty spent most of the day in the classroom and the fields, so the library was open only a few hours in the late afternoon and early evening. Student assistants were the very first library employees.

    In the 1970s, libraries began transforming their collections and operations to take advantage of newly developing technology. Card catalogs were automated; videos and software joined books on the shelves; telecommunications allowed libraries to share information quickly and easily. In 1989, the MSU Libraries' catalog went online, allowing users to perform searches in a few seconds that would have taken hours with the card catalog.

    Since the early 1990s, the astonishing growth of the Internet has allowed libraries to dramatically expand the range of services and materials they can provide to patrons. The MSU Libraries are on the leading edge of this movement, providing a comprehensive collection of full-text electronic resources in every discipline, online services that speed materials to scholars, and facilities to create the best possible learning environment for every student.

    This archive represents a compilation of the efforts and achievements that the MSU Libraries has made on behalf of the academic community at Michigan State University

  • Scope and Contents

    This archive represents a compilation of the efforts and achievements that the MSU Libraries has made on behalf of the academic community at Michigan State University, and the developments and transitions it has gone through in the process. The materials, dating from the 1940s to 2008, include Michigan State University and MSU Libraries documents, instruction materials (including posters, audio tapes, slides & print files) and photographs (slides, photos & CD-Rs) of library staff in various roles at work and in attendance at library sponsored functions.

  • Arrangement

    The M.S.U. Libraries archive is arranged into nine series: Series 1: Library Administration; Series 2: Library Departments; Series 3: Technology; Series 4: Library Instruction; Series 5: Diversity; Series 6: Friends of the Library; Series 7: Events; Series 8: Library Staff Association; and Series 9: Library Photographs/Negatives/Slides/Realia.

  • Varying Form of Title

    Michigan State University Libraries archive.