A. Anticipated future trends
The overall emphasis of acquiring archival collections should be with the goal of historical documentation. Traditionally archives have been very top-heavy, representing nearly exclusively the voices of dominant political parties, ethnicities, and economic powers. Current archival theory encourages repositories to be active and deliberate in their collecting policies, coordinating with other repositories to ensure reduced gaps in the historical record as well as not duplicating efforts, and instead of leaving the historical record to chance, engaging and assisting underrepresented communities and individuals in generating documentation. The archives and manuscript collections should complement the research values and mission of the MSU community, aligning with the overarching Special Collections guidelines.
B. Relationships with other sources
MSU Special Collections is proud to partner with the Africana Library, Turfgrass Information Center, and other subject areas in acquiring, preserving, and providing access for collections which support their research mission. Special Collections offers professional storage and archival processing, and secure researcher access. For further information on other library units acquiring or transferring archival collections to Special Collections, please consult the documentation on the Libraries intranet.
C. Relationships to resources treated in other policy statements
Since the archival collections overlap and encompass print collection strengths within Special Collections, please view the collection development policies for the following:
Please contact the Head of Special Collections for inquiries on collection development.