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Computer Laboratory records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-16.32

Scope and Contents

This collection contains records of the Michigan State University Computer Laboratory. The records consist of plans, computer manuals, and reports during the creation and early days of the Computer Laboratory; computer system notices; bulletins; fact sheets; and other working papers of the organization as it evolved into Academic Computing and Network Services (ACNS) and Academic Technology Services (ATS). Electronic Resources includes issues of the electronic newsletters ATS eNews from 2007 to 2010.


  • Creation: 1955 - 2010


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

In 1956, the Michigan State University Computer Laboratory was created to provide centralized academic computing functions. MSU's first computing system, MISTIC (Michigan State Integral Computer), began operation in 1957. The Computer Laboratory updated its computing systems many times and expanded its facilities in order to provide the university community current technology.

Over the years, the Computer Laboratory offered a variety of services including consultation, computer training, document development and design, computer repair, program debugging, and office automation.

As services expanded, the Computer Laboratory name changed in 2004 to Academic Computing and Network Services (ACNS) and again in 2008 to Academic Technology Services (ATS).

In 2012, ATS merged with Administrative Information Services to become IT Services under the Vice Provost for Libraries, Computing and Technology (LCT).


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Related Archival Materials

See also Administrative Information Services records (UA 5.3) and Vice Provost for Libraries, Computing and Technology records (UA 3.31)

Legal Status note

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.

Computer Laboratory Records
4 Published And Cataloged
E. Busch
April 2008
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Finding aid written in English.
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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