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MSU Press records

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Identifier: UA-3.14

Scope and Contents

The records of the MSU Press consist of Board of Directors meeting minutes (1963-1966, undated), a handbook entitled MSC Press which gives guidelines for materials submitted (1950), and two booklets which review publications of the MSU Press (1955, undated). Also included are published (1948-1950, 1954-1957) and unpublished (1957-1958, 1961-1963, 1967, 1969) annual reports.

The Fourth Genre series contains correspondence between authors and editors, between editors and outside readers, and between editors. Some handwritten working notes and drafts are included. Final page proofs with author corrections, drafts of feature items, and original manuscripts from accepted authors, many with outside reader comments, round out the collection.


  • Creation: 1949 - 2008


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. The writers' contracts in the Fourth Genre series are restricted. Computer disks: See Archivist.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Historical Note

The MSU Press began operations in 1947 under the direction of Michigan State College's Special Assistant to the President in Charge of Public Relations, and over the years it has been administered by various offices. Since 1980, the Press has reported to the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies.

Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction is a literary biannual journal devoted to publishing works of contemporary nonfiction extending from the personal essay – including nature, environmental, and travel writing – to memoir, literary journalism, and personal cultural criticism. Since its debut in the Spring of 1999, the journal has been guided by the intent implied in the title: to give nonfiction its due as a literary genre by offering writers of the “fourth genre” a showcase for their work and providing readers a place to find lively and creative examples of the form. In addition to contemporary nonfiction, Fourth Genre features interviews with prominent nonfiction writers, roundtable discussions of topical genre issues, mini-essays by selected photographers and visual artists, letters from readers, and reviews and capsule summaries of current books.

Fourth Genre has received an unprecedented four Pushcart Prizes: Patricia Monaghan’s "Physics and Grief" (Vol. 5, No. 2) in 2004 Brenda Miller’s "How to Meditate" and Ladette Randolph’s "Fields of Mercy" (Vol. 3, No. 1) in 2003; Brett Lott’s "Toward Humility" (Vol. 1, No. 2) in 1999. In 2003, C. M. Mayo won first place in the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition for "A Touch of Evil" (Vol. 4, No. 2) and Lad Tobin won “Notable Essay of the Year” in Best American Travel Writing for "You Virtually Can’t Get There from Here" (Vol. 4, No. 2).


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Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University except where noted.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

MSU Press Records
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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