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Department of Physics and Astronomy records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-16.95

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of records including blueprints of the Old Chemistry Building (Old Chemistry Laboratory), correspondence regarding a physics textbook, experiments, graduate opportunities, a laboratory manual, materials tests, a proposal to the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, and telescope advertisements from the late nineteenth century.


  • Creation: 1890 - 2012


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 physics department separated from the chemistry department at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1889. In 1901, physics combined with electrical engineering to form the Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering, which then separated in 1915. The department was housed in many different buildings on campus over the next several years. In 1949, the department moved into its own building it shared with the math department. In the 1960s, the math department moved out and the astronomy department was established. Circa 1982, the departments of physics and astronomy merged. In 2002, physics and astronomy moved to the new Biomedical and Physical Sciences complex. The Department of Physics and Astronomy is part of the College of Natural Science.


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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. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.


Department of Physics and Astronomy Records
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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