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The Bubble UA 12.7.16

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Serial-00172

Scope and Content

The Bubble contained short articles, poems, and notices of events around campus. There was substance to the articles, though their tone was often satirical or humorous. There were observations of lectures, books, and the evils of smoking. The publication also took great joy in insulting neighboring communities. After Burton graduated The Bubble ceased to exist. It would be 13 more years before another student publication appeared on campus.


  • Creation: 1868

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 Bubble is the first known student publication on the Michigan State campus. It was an outgrowth of a series of bulletins written during the previous term. It was published in 1868 by Frank S. Burton, Class of 1868. A total of seven issues of The Bubble were created. The Bubble was intended to be a humorous look at campus life. As editor, Burton identified himself as "Hezekiah Z. Solemnstyle." The students who worked on The Bubble identified themselves as "The Stoical Pen Yankers' Society."


0.2 Cubic Feet

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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.

3 Ready For Cataloging
November 2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Language of description note
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