Collection Spotlight

Four coasters with historical MSU images

Keep MSU history near you always! Purchase coasters with historic MSU images at


Starting in October the Reading Room will be closed to the public on Wednesdays.

Upcoming Closings:

October 31, 2016: We will be closed from 11:30-1:00.

November 24-25, 2016: We will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

December 23, 26, 30, 2016 and January 2, 2017: We will be closed for the Christmas and New Years holidays.

December 27-29, 2016: We will be open by appoinment only. If you would like to research those days, you need to make an appoinment first. Please contact the Archives before arriving at 517-355-2330 or

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

See our Hours Page for more information on upcoming closings and special hours.

For more current event information, see our Current Events Blog.

Home Page Content

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

Records Management

Records management increases administrative efficiency and ensures compliance with institutional policies and state and federal laws. UAHC staff can provide guidance to departments for the management of official university records. We now have a tool for transferring permanent electronic records.


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


*Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to read PDF documents.