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If you know of a MSU-related website that should be considered for the archives, please send an email to with the following information: URL, Title, and a description.

Web Archives @ Michigan State University

Beginning in January 2011, MSU initiated a partnership with the Internet Archive's Archive-It program to collect and preserve the University's web pages of historical value produced by administrative offices, schools, departments, service units, institutes, centers, programs, and faculty, student and alumni organizations. Access to these archives is provided by the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine technology. Our Web Archiving Collection Development Plan (PDF)* documents the methodology for selecting and preserving MSU websites. We also collect non-MSU websites to complement our Michigan historical collections.

Access to the collections of MSU websites is:

  • 1998-2006 (UAHC crawls)      Available only at the UAHC
  • 1997 – 2009                         
  • 2011 ->      (These may be searched directly using the search box to the right or by the Archive-It interface.)    

Suggested Citation Format for Archived Websites

Basic Format:
"Page Title" archived month/day/year. Collection Title, Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections. ArchivalURL. (Accessed month/day/year).

"State of the University 2012 | Michigan State University" archived January 8, 2013. Michigan State University Web Archives, Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections. http:// (Accessed April 11, 2013).


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