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MSU Libraries archive

Identifier: MSS 313 large

Scope and Contents

This archive represents a compilation of the efforts and achievements that the MSU Libraries has made on behalf of the academic community at Michigan State University, and the developments and transitions it has gone through in the process. The materials, dating from the 1940s to 2008, include Michigan State University and MSU Libraries documents, instruction materials (including posters, audio tapes, slides & print files) and photographs (slides, photos & CD-Rs) of library staff in various roles at work and in attendance at library sponsored functions.


  • Creation: 1940-2016


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored off site . Please request materials 3 days ahead of your visit.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

The MSU Libraries began as a single reading room on the third floor of College Hall, the first classroom building at the Michigan Agricultural College. In the school's early years, students and faculty spent most of the day in the classroom and the fields, so the library was open only a few hours in the late afternoon and early evening. Student assistants were the very first library employees.

In the 1970s, libraries began transforming their collections and operations to take advantage of newly developing technology. Card catalogs were automated; videos and software joined books on the shelves; telecommunications allowed libraries to share information quickly and easily. In 1989, the MSU Libraries' catalog went online, allowing users to perform searches in a few seconds that would have taken hours with the card catalog.

Since the early 1990s, the astonishing growth of the Internet has allowed libraries to dramatically expand the range of services and materials they can provide to patrons. The MSU Libraries are on the leading edge of this movement, providing a comprehensive collection of full-text electronic resources in every discipline, online services that speed materials to scholars, and facilities to create the best possible learning environment for every student.

This archive represents a compilation of the efforts and achievements that the MSU Libraries has made on behalf of the academic community at Michigan State University


approximately 36 Linear Feet (36 boxes)

Language of Materials



The M.S.U. Libraries archive is arranged into the following series: Series 1: Library Administration Series 2: Library Departments Series 3: Technology Series 4: Library Instruction Series 5: Diversity Series 6: Friends of the Library Series 7: Events Series 8: Library Staff Association Series 9: Library Photographs/Negatives/Slides/Realia. Series 10: Exhibits

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by MSU Library Staff members from 1940s to current.

Existence and Location of Copies

Media from box 7 was digitized in 2016 for preservation and access. The digital copies are available in the Special Collections reading room.

Varying Form of Title

Michigan State University Libraries archive.

Processing Information

Processed by Molly Dean: May-July 2008, August 2009, continued processing by Leslie M. Behm.

Finding Aid for the MSU Libraries archive
4 Published And Cataloged
Finding aid prepared by Molly Dean and Leslie Behm.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA