Skip to main content

College of Osteopathic Medicine records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-15.19

Scope and Contents

This collection is divided into twelve series.

Series 1 is the Michigan College of Osteopathic Medicine and includes the earliest records in the formation of Michigan’s osteopathic college (1962 – 1975). Items of particular note are the annual reports, minutes and reports from the board of trustees, clippings and reports related to the creation of the college and its transfer to Michigan State University and MCOM publications.

Series 2 is the Michigan Osteopathic College Foundation (1967 – 2001). The series currently consists of 8 folders. Records include Annual Ball materials (1975 – 2001), annual report, financial records, and minutes.

Series 3 is the COM Alumni Association (1976 – 1999) which was founded in 1974. The series currently consists of 12 folders that include events, correspondence, and annual reports (1980 – 1987).

Series 4 is the College of Osteopathic Medicine records (1959 – 2010) and contains the bulk of the material in this collection. Important to this record set are the materials documenting the college’s policies, student degree fulfillment, and history. Meeting materials and correspondence make up another important part of this record set and include the Council of Affiliated Hospitals, Michigan Center for Osteopathic Education (1972 – 1983), American Osteopathic Association, and other committees (postdoctoral training, clinical education, curriculum changes, OMSPLAN, advisory committee, and osteopathic medical education). There are also records related to interaction and visits to affiliated hospitals including Bay Osteopathic, Botsford General, Zieger Osteopathic, Detroit Osteopathic, Flint Osteopathic, Grand Rapids Osteopathic, Lansing General, Martin Place, Mt. Clemens General, Oakland General, Pontiac Osteopathic, Riverside Osteopathic, Saginaw Osteopathic, and Traverse City Osteopathic. Published materials include brochures, bulletins, catalogs, programs, studies, and reports. Specific items of note are a student prepared history of the creation of the college and a memo regarding the conversion of Fee Hall into an instructional medical facility. Note: There are some folders of unsorted materials and these are identified accordingly.

Series 5 is the Unit III Clinical Training records of COM (1974 – 1983). These include protocols (1974 – 1982), guidebooks (1970 – 1971), course materials, and curriculum planning.

Series 6 is Academic Program Planning and Review (APP&R) records of COM (1987 – 2000).

Series 8 is Volumes (1969 – 1971). The volumes consist of Course Objective Guidelines (1970 - 1971), Junior Programs (1970 - 1971), and Curriculum (1969 – 1970)

Series 9 is College of Osteopathic Medicine Yearbooks which contains photos of class members and activities.

Series 10 is the Audio / Visual materials of COM (1975 – 1981). This currently consists of audio cassettes and black and white photographic prints. The audio cassettes are recordings of the groundbreaking ceremony for the MCOM building and the 1975 Hooding and Reception. Photographs are from Hooding and Receptions (1973 – 1979) and people associated with the college.

Series 11 contains Annual Reports created by the College.

Series 12 lists Serials affiliated with the College.


  • Creation: 1959 - 2022


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Access Restricted for Box 2387, Folder 5.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Historical Note

Prior to 1964, there were many discussions and movements to create an osteopathic medical education college in Michigan. The Michigan Osteopathic College Foundation was incorporated in 1961 with the “object and purpose of this Foundation to establish a school of osteopathic medicine and surgery in the state of Michigan and to otherwise assist in financing schools, colleges and advanced institutions devoted to teaching the osteopathic concept of the healing arts in order to educate and provide osteopathic physicians and surgeons and to provide education in the ancillary disciplines for the benefit of the public and to provide for the general health and care of the sick and indigent”. Around this period, discussion arose on the creation of the Michigan University of Osteopathy in the Lansing area. In 1964, the State of Michigan authorized a state charter for establishing a private Michigan College of Osteopathic Medicine (MCOM) in Pontiac, MI making it the 6th osteopathic college in the nation and the first in 53 years. In 1969, the first students were admitted. A petition was sent to the state legislature to make MCOM a state assisted school. This was passed and MSU accepted the responsibility to establish the college.

In 1970, the college became a component of MSU and became the first publicly funded college of osteopathic medicine. In 1971, the school transferred to East Lansing as Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM).

Since it began operations in 1970, the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) has been responsible to the Provost. The College is jointly responsible for numerous science and medical related departments with other colleges.


16.5 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials


Series List

(1) Michigan College of Osteopathic Medicine

(2) Michigan Osteopathic College Foundation

(3) COM Alumni Association

(4) College of Osteopathic Medicine

(5) COM Unit III Clinical Training

(6) COM Academic Program Planning and Review (APP&R)

(7) American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

(8) Volumes

(9) College of Osteopathic Medicine Yearbooks

(10) Audio / Visual Materials

(11) Annual Reports

(12) Serials

Preservica Internal URL

Preservica Public URL|01a23fad-dba9-439c-8c53-7b2a620286c5/

Custodial History

Records transferred from College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Related Archival Materials

See also MSU HealthTeam (UA 3.1), Margaret Zee Jones papers (UA 17.144), Paul Dressel collection (UA 17.112), and the Michigan Osteopathic College Foundation collection (00214).

College of Osteopathic Medicine Records
4 Published And Cataloged
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.
  • TypeCollection

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US