MSU Press records
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 Also included are published (1948-1950, 1954-1957) and unpublished (1957-1958, 1961-1963, 1967, 1969) annual reports.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.
- 1949 - 2008
- Michigan State University Press (Organization)
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.
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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Property Rights: Michigan State University.
- Michigan State University. Libraries. Special Collections Division (Organization)
- Michigan State University. Board of Trustees (Donor, Organization)
- MSU Press 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.