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Larry Bielat collection

Identifier: UA-10.3.423

Scope and Contents

This collection contains one program, one poster, 151 photographs (147 regular plus 4 oversize), and 25 postcards dealing with Michigan State University history collected by Larry Bielat. The photographs contain many individual photographs of athletes from 1929-1944. There are also many early photographs of the football team and a variety of pictures from the marching band spanning over thirty years. Of special interest are several photographs of MSU football coach Muddy Waters (1980-1982), including an oversized photo of Waters with his coaching staff. Some of the photographs were used in the book Spartan Football: 100 Seasons of Gridiron Glory, which Bielat co-wrote with Ken Hammond. The postcards fall between the years 1906 and 1910 and show a wide variety of campus life including the annual circus, the class tug-of-war, and individuals from the baseball, football, track and field, and basketball teams.

Also included are correspondence and a Friends of Frim appreciation dinner program. The correspondence contains several letters either to George Alderton or from him, one of the letters is from John Hannah; another from Jim Hasselman. None of the letters were written by Bielat. Some of the letters from Alderton consist of reminisces of his work.


  • Creation: 1906-1985, Undated


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Larry Bielat is a 1960 graduate of Michigan State University. He was a three year letter winner as the quarterback of the MSU football team. After graduating, Bielat coached both high school and college football before returning to MSU in 1982 as a coach on George Perles’ staff where he remained through the 1990 season. He began working with the Alumni Association in 1993, and since 1994 has been the color analyst for Spartan football games on the Spartan Radio Network.


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Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred.

Property rights: Michigan State University.

Processing Information

Changed record group from 00178 to UA 10.3.423 to reflect Bielat's connection to Michigan State University. M. Badgley Malone, January 2020.

Larry Bielat Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US