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Geology Collections at MSU Archives & Historical Collections: MSU Departmental Records

MSU Departmental Records

Department of Geography Records                                                                   

  • UA 16.52
  • 0.5 cubic feet
  • The collection consists of annual reports, publications, event brochures, course descriptions, and undergraduate handbooks. Of note are the annual reports and undergraduate handbooks. The reports contain information on departmental activities, curriculum, staff changes, enrollment, research, publications, and faculty activities. The handbooks contain information on geography at MSU, course offerings, specialization policies, facilities, career guidance, faculty lists and faculty vitae.
  • On June 17, 1955 the Department of Agriculture approved the separation of the Department of Geology and Geography into two departments. The Department of Geography was assigned to the Division of Social Science and Arts and the Department of Geology to remain in the Division of Mathematics and Physical Sciences.
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Department of Geology Records                                                            

  • UA 16.53
  • 8 cubic feet
  • The records of the Department of Geology consist of annual reports for 1920-1970, administrative files, correspondence, field trip reports, inventories of the department, experiment station notes, material relating to the Works Progress Administration, military college program, Sigma Xi and Phi Kappa Phi, and financial information.  There are also records relating to the Glacial Institute.  The department began in 1925 as the Zoology and Geology Department and reorganized in 1928 as the Geology and Geography Department.  The Geology Department became a separate unit in 1955.
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Department of Zoology Records                                              

  • UA 16.121
  • 3.25 cubic feet
  • The records of the Department of Zoology include Correspondence, 1920-1934, 1941-1946, and 1967-1968; Departmental material; Facilities and Reports; and Miscellaneous Reports.
  • The Zoology and Entomology Department was created in 1860.  The department was renamed Zoology and Physiology in 1894.  In 1922, the department became part of the Applied Sciences Division.  The Geology Department broke from Zoology in 1928.
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