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Residential Option in the Arts and Letters (ROIAL) Time Capsule collection

Identifier: MSS 500 large

Scope and Contents

Starting in approximately 1990 until approximately 2001, under the direction of Prof. Anita Skeen, freshman and sophomore students prepared a time capsule every year to document their world for future generations in a closed deposit at MSU Special Collections for 100 years.


  • Creation: approximately 1990-2001


Conditions Governing Access

Time capsules from each year are closed for 100 years, and will be opened each year starting in 2090, with the final capsule opened in 2101.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

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

Residential Option in Arts and Letters (ROIAL) was a humanities-based living and learning community for freshman and sophomore students at Michigan State University. ROIAL evolved into the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities in 2005.


7 Linear Feet

Language of Materials




Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred to Special Collections in approximately 2001.

Processing Information

Various boxes rehoused for storage considerations and a lighter was removed and replaced by a photograph of the object in 2016 for preservation concerns, otherwise, housed and arranged by ROIAL students.

4 Published And Cataloged
Lydia Tang
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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