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College Speculum records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-12.7.5

Scope and Contents

The collection contains one bound subscription book for The College Speculum, an early student newspaper at Michigan Agricultural College. Included in the volume are subscribers' names, addresses, and payment history.

The collection also contains issues of the serial, College Speculum (#662).


  • Creation: circa 1886


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.

Historical Note

The College Speculum was a quarterly literary and scientific magazine published by students at Michigan Agricultural College. The first edition of The College Speculum was printed on August 1, 1881, with Liberty Hyde Bailey as editor in chief. The College Speculum's board of editors consisted of representatives from five societies (Natural History, Delta Tau Delta, Phi Delta Theta, Union Literary, and Eclectic). There was also a student business manager and a faculty member who served as treasurer. Anyone who had ever been a student at M.A.C. was allowed to submit an article. For this reason, this publication is considered to be the first alumni magazine on campus. The Speculum lasted 14 years, ceasing publication in 1895. In its time, the Speculum strengthened ties between alumni, current students, and the college administration by listing activities of M.A.C.'s extended community.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 1 volume, 1 folder)

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Related Archival Materials

See Serial #662, (The College) Speculum.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University

Property Rights: Michigan State University

College Speculum Records
4 Published And Cataloged
D. Palazzola
September 2006
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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