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Maurice Cecil Mackey records

Identifier: UA-2.1.16

Scope and Contents

The records of M. Cecil Mackey were created or collected primarily in his capacity as president of Michigan State University (1979-1985). Issues that span multiple presidencies may be documented here, as well as other presidents' files. There are five series of materials in this collection: Correspondence, Administrative Records for the Office of the President, Social Event Files, Subject Files, and Vice Presidents' Files. The social events files are planning documents for luncheons, dinners, receptions, and special events for distinguished visitors, faculty, donors, and friends. The subject files are further divided into MSU committee and council records, records of organizations external to MSU that Mackey participated in, and general files which document important issues and events during Mackey's presidency. University issues which were under the authority of the vice presidents are in the final series. In addition, there is a small amount of biographical material included in the collection.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1978 - 1985


Conditions Governing Access

The majority of this collection is open for research. Some items may be restricted.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical Note

Maurice Cecil Mackey was born January 23, 1929 in Montgomery, Alabama. In 1949, he received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Alabama and went on to receive an M.A. in Economics in 1953. In that same year he married Clare Siewert. In 1955, he received his Ph.D. in Economic from the University of Illinois, where he focused on economic theory, the history of economic thought, and the relationship of government to business and finance.

In 1956, Mackey was on active duty at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Denver. He served as an associate professor of Economics and worked on the economics curriculum. In that same year his first child, Carol, was born. In 1957, he was a lecturer of Business Law at the University of Alabama. A year later, he received his bachelor of laws degree from the University of Alabama. In 1958, Mackey was also admitted to the State Bar of Alabama and started studying law at the graduate level at Harvard University. From 1959 to 1962, he was an assistant law professor at University of Alabama. In 1962 Mackey became Assistant Counsel for the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopoly. In 1963 he became the director of the Office of Policy and Development for the Federal Aviation Agency. There he was in charge of long-range planning and economic research. In 1965, he became the director of the Office of Transportation Policy for the U.S. Department of Commerce and developed programs and policies for transportation systems. In 1966, his second child, John, was born. In 1967, he became Assistant Secretary for Policy and Development for the Department of Transportation. He planned policies, programs as well as worked on regulation. In 1969, his third child, Ann, was born. In 1969, Mackey was a visiting professor at the University of Maryland College of Business and Public Administration. He then went on to become a professor of Law at Florida State University from 1969-1971. From 1971-1976, he served as the president of the University of South Florida. In 1976, he became president of Texas Tech University as well as a Professor of Law.

On August 3, 1979 Mackey was inaugurated as president of Michigan State University. He also became a professor of Economics. He served as president until 1985.


25 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



Organized into five series: 1. Correspondence. 2. Administrative Records for the Office of the President. 3. Social Event Files. 4. Subject Files. 5. Vice Presidents' Files.

Related Archival Materials

Many of the files of President Mackey were retained, used, and added to by his successor President John A. DiBiaggio. Researchers should see John A. DiBiaggio's papers (UA 2.1.17) for any topics missing from these records.

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.

Office of the President. Maurice Cecil Mackey Records
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January 2016
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Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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