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Department of Geography records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-16.52

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of annual reports, publications, event brochures, course descriptions, and undergraduate handbooks. Of note are the annual reports and undergraduate handbooks. The reports contain information on departmental activities, curriculum, staff changes, enrollment, research, publications, and faculty activities. The handbooks contain information on geography at Michigan State University, course offerings, specialization policies, facilities, career guidance, faculty lists and faculty vitae.


  • Creation: 1957 - 2008


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

On June 17, 1955 the Department of Agriculture approved the separation of the Department of Geology and Geography into two departments. The Department of Geography was assigned to the Division of Social Science and Arts and the Department of Geology remained in the Division of Mathematics and Physical Sciences. This included the transfer of Lawrence M. Sommers as the department head and five other professors.

The Department of Geography is one of 12 degree-granting units in the College of Social Science. Housed in the Geography Building, faculty and student research centers on such topics as people-environment relationships, climate, geographic information science, soils-geomorphology, urban structure, and global change. The spatial extent of these research interests range from local to global in such places as Kenya, Brazil, the Great Lakes, China, and Michigan.


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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 Geography Records
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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