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MSU 125th Anniversary Oral History Project records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-13.3.5

Scope and Content

The collection is arranged into six series. They are Transcripts; Restricted Drafts, Duplicate Copies, Research Accomplishments, Project Committee Records, and Reel to Reel Audio tapes.


  • Creation: 1978 - 1979


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Portions of the collection may be restricted.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Historical Note

In anticipation of the 125th anniversary of the founding of Michigan State University, a project to record the institution's recent history was first proposed and formulated in the office of the Vice President for University and Federal Relations in the summer of 1978. In deference to the centennial history of Michigan Agricultural College, which had been published in 1956, the project mission was to focus on the major areas of transition over the succeeding quarter-century, during which the school had become a broadly-based university. The objective was to be reached by interview key individuals who were personally acquainted with the most significant accomplishments of the school in that time. These testimonies were to be transcribed, edited, and compiled into a book that was to be issued as a commemorative publication in 1980.

Funding of $5,000 was secured for the planning and implementation phases of the Oral History Project. Publication was dependent upon securing additional support in the following fiscal year. A committee was formed and began meeting to plan and implement the project in the fall of 1978. Planning completed and personnel hired, the interviews began in January of 1979 and concluded in the fall of the same year. Transcription was completed simultaneously and submitted to the narrators for release as completed. All paperwork was finished by the end of January, 1980 (although instruments of gift had not been executed on all transcriptions), but publication funds were not forthcoming.

Project Principals

Robert Perrin, Vice President for University and Federal Relations. PROJECT COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN Frederick Honhart, Assistant Director, University Archives. PROJECT COORDINATOR Nancy Dixon, INTERVIEWER


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Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University

Property Rights: Michigan State University

MSU 125th Anniversary Oral History Project 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