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Department of English records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-16.43

Scope and Contents

The records contain department newsletters, brochures, and writing guides. Also included is “English as a Subversive Activity: An Unofficial Guide for English Majors at MSU,” issues of the journal Gypsy Scholar: a Graduate Forum for Literary Criticism, “A Half Century Ago: Michigan in the Great Depression” Symposium Proceedings, a placement test for freshmen, and plagiarism policies. There are also photographs of English Department faculty and staff some of which are identified. Annual reports can also be found in the collection.


  • Creation: 1872 - 2007
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1938 - 2007


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

English classes have been taught at Michigan State University since 1857 when classes began. he Department of English has had many names over the years: Department of English Literature (1857-1880), Department of English Language and Literature (1880-1891), Department of English and Modern Languages (1891-1932), English Language and Speech (1932-1937), and English Department (1937-1944). In 1944, the School of Science and Arts was created and consisted of four divisions with various departments under them. The Division of Language and Literature contained the English Department. In 1963, the School of Science and Arts became the College of Arts and Letters and was reorganized eliminating the divisions but keeping the various departments The English department continues to be administered by the college today.


0.5 Cubic Feet

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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 English Records
4 Published And Cataloged
K. Owens
March 2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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