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HST 201: History of Ecology (Montgomery, Fall 2018): Books on MSU History

MSU Collection

The MSU Collection includes a wide variety of resources on MSU history - this includes yearbooks, faculty and staff directories, alumni magazines, salary listings, and much more. These resources can provide great background information about people and departments across campus and how they have changed over time. 

The MSU Collection is located on the 1st floor of the library in the east wing, down the hall from the browsing collection. If you have any questions about where to find it, you can ask the friendly librarians over at the Reference Desk for directions. 

General Histories of MSU Campus

Below are some histories of the MSU campus to help you get started on your research:


Beal, William James. A Catalogue of the Trees and Shrubs at the Michigan State Agricultural College, July, 1901. Main Library QK484.M5 B4

Dennis, F.G., Kessler, G.M., and Davidson, H. From Seed to Fruit: 150 Years of Horticulture at Michigan State, 1855-2005. East Lansing: Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University, 2007. Main Library MSU Collection SB52.M5 D43 2007

Kuhn, Madison. Michigan State: The First Hundred Years, 1855-1955. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1955. Main Library LD3245.M28 K8

Lautner, Harold W. From an Oak Opening: A Record of the Development of the Campus Park of Michigan State University. East Lansing: Michigan State University, 1978. Main Library LD3245.M28 L385 1978a


Moore, Ted. 2009. Creating an Idyllic Space: Nature, Technology, and Campus Planning at the Michigan Agricultural College, 1850-1975. Michigan Historical Review 35(2), 1-25. 

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