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On the banks of the Red Cedar: MSU'S Heritage

Tales from the Archives

Gathered from its blogs, exhibits, and websites, the MSU Archives has compiled its first book of archival tales. Learn about events, traditions, and people that helped shape MSU into the place it is today!

Available for purchase at or from our store front for $25.

Tales from the Archives book cover


University Archives & Historical Collections of Michigan State University is a place of discovery. More than 150 years of MSU history can be explored, including original letters and diaries, photographs, and oral histories. Our collections span the entirety of MSU’s history and also contain historical materials not related to MSU. Some of our collection highlights include materials that document the physical campus and grounds, early student life, the lumber industry, environmentalism in Michigan, and the Civil War


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