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Thomas V. Atkinson papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-17.274

Scope and Contents

The records of Thomas V. Atkinson contain the four series: Academic Specialists Appointment System, Instruction, Network Communication Committee, and Other. The materials reflect Atkinson’s original arrangement, categorization and folder titles. The first folder contains "TVA Submissions to the Archives" written by Atkinson which provides information on Atkinson's labeling system, and history and background of Atkinson's involvement with the various committees. The next folder "Index of Documents" provides a list of the electronic and paper documents in the collection and a CD containing the documents. It lists the folder, subfolder, file name, document title, date, number of pages, and description. The majority of the documents are included in the collection as paper documents. Some, however, are only contained in an electronic format on the CD.

The Academic Specialists Appointment System series contains mostly Academic Specialist Advisory Committee materials including memos, meeting minutes, newsletters and drafts of the policies and procedures.

The Instruction series contains class exams, syllabi, study guides, as well as course announcements. The classes included are CEM 372, CEM 838, CEM 890, and CEM 924.

The Network Communication Committee series contains reports, minutes, memos, guidelines, and recommendations.

The Other series contains documents related to the Chemistry building and annex, Chemistry computing, history of the chemistry department, EGrades, Scientific Instrument Consulting Service, talks given by Atkinson, and the project team charged with selecting a new MSU Procurement System. The collection also includes a DVD with images of the construction of the chemistry building annex.

Note: Some files found on the Index of Documents (Box 2462 Folder 2) are digital only and have no paper copies. They can be found on the CD-ROM in the folder. The Index of Documents lists which documents are digital copies only and which are paper.


  • Creation: 1972 - 2008

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.

Biographical Note

Thomas Atkinson was born on July 10, 1941 in Houston, Texas. In 1963 he received a B.S. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Texas in 1970. He began working at Michigan State University in 1972 as a post doctoral fellow, and became a specialist in 1976. In 1992 he became an academic specialist. Atkinson retired in 2007. Atkinson served on many committees during his tenure at MSU. He joined the Network Communications Committee in 1981 and became chair of the committee in 1984. He also served on the Computer and Communications Systems Advisory Committee and the Academic Specialist Advisory Committee. He received the MSU Distinguished Academic Staff Award in 2000. (Source: “Under the Wire” by Petra Canan, State News, November 27, 2007 and


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Language of Materials



Organized into four series: 1. Academic Specialists Appointment System. 2. Instruction. 3. Network Communication Committee. 4. Other.

Original arrangement, categorization and folder titles have been preserved.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Thomas V. Atkinson Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
E. Stein, S. Roberts
June 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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