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African Americans at MSU Archives & Historical Collections: Archival Collections - Student Groups

Archival Collections - Student Groups

Grapevine Journal collection (UA 12.7.3), 1952-1975                                                                                                 

  • 6 cubic feet
  • The Grapevine Journal collection includes office files for Grapevine Journal and Good Times Magazine, subject files, publications, and photographs. The office files include advertising files, correspondence, distribution reports, financial records, drafts of articles, and office memos. The subject files include topics on MSU issues, national issues, and African American issues. Also included are personal files of James Ballard and Kim Heron. The publications and newspapers include those produced by African Americans and Latinos as well as ones from the local area. The collection also includes photographs, contact sheets, and negatives. Images include African American campus events, MSU athletics, campus life, students, local places and events, and national African American issues and events. There are also photographs of people from MSU and the local area. 
  • Finding aid to the collection:

 Student Organizations and Publications records (UA 12), 1957-2017                                                                   

  • 1 cubic feet
  • The collection consists of material related to Michigan State University student organizations including brochures, event flyers, event programs, minutes, newsletters, publications, and constitutions.
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 National Pan-Hellenic Council records (UA 12.1.18), 1977-1978                                                                            

  • 0.1 cubic feet 
  • The National Pan-Hellenic Council is the coordinating body for the nine historically African American fraternities and sororities. The collection contains the charter for the Michigan State University chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council dated May 11, 1977, and a 1978 letter which says the enclosed charter is the corrected copy.
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 Cosmopolitan Club records (UA 12.3.43), 1920-1935                                                                                                   

  • 0.4 cubic feet, 2 volumes
  • The Cosmopolitan Club was a co-ed organization that was formed in 1910 at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University). Its goal was to integrate foreign students into life at M.A.C. Their motto was “Above all Nations is Humanity.” Membership was open to both American and foreign students. In the early 20th century, several African American students joined this club as membership in other social organizations was denied to them.
  • This collection consists of two volumes. The treasurer's book has the group’s accounts from 1926 to 1935. There is also the secretary’s book from 1920 to 1935 with meeting minutes, member rolls and election results.
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 People’s Choice publication (UA 12.7.41), 1977