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Landscape Architecture Collections at MSU Archives & Historical Collections: MSU Departmental Records

MSU Departmental Records

Associate Provost records

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources records

College of Social Science records

Cooperative Extension Service records

Division of Campus Park and Planning records

  • UA 4.2
  • 1.4 cubic feet
  • Includes sketches and maps of the MSU campus (1924-1952) including a topographical map of campus, reports and proposals about campus development and buildings, Alma College and MSU-Oakland University developmental plans, the Beal Botanical Gardens, Lansing City Planning, and correspondence between Harold Lautner, director of Campus Park and Planning, and John Hannah.
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General Academic Administration records

Hannah Archives Project records

  • UA
  • 0.66 cubic feet
  • Contains the written responses of Harold Lautner (Head, Department of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture, 1946-1960; Campus Landscape Architect; Director of Division for Physical Plant Planning and Development, 1961-1965; Director of Campus Planning and Maintenance, 1965-1970). Also includes copies of letters written by John A. Hannah to Lautner illustrating Hannah's active interest in the planning of the campus and in the preservation of campus fauna and flora. 
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Hidden Lake Gardens records

  • UA 4.2.4
  • 0.8 cubic feet
  • The majority of the collection contains correspondence, starting with Harry Fee’s (donor of the property to Michigan State University) correspondence, and a drawing for a garden. Also included are correspondence related to running the gardens and photographs of the grounds mainly from the 1960s.
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Department of Horticulture records

  • UA 16.58
  • 3.4 cubic feet
  • Includes graduate and undergraduate handbooks, biographical files and subject files compiled by Frank Dennis about the history of the department. The collection also contains photographs including some used by Frank Dennis in the department history book "From Seed to Fruit" as well as published and unpublished annual reports.
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Media Communications records

  • UA 8.1.1
  • 170 cubic feet
  • Subject files series contains information about the Landscape Architecture program 1976-1980 as well as the Department of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture from 1953 to 1977.
  • Includes faculty biographical files.
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Office of the President. Clifton R. Wharton, Jr. papers

Office of the Secretary of the Board of Trustees records

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs records

Public Relations Department records

  • UA 8.1
  • 5 cubic feet, 1 volume
  • Includes photographs from the Nursery and Landscape conference from 1955 and 1956 as well as five folders of photographs regarding Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning (1950-1959, 1970-1979)
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School of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture records

State Board of Agriculture/Board of Trustee records

Building records                                                                                           

  • UA 4.9.1   
  • 9.0 cubic feet
  • The collection contains specifications, correspondence, bills, and blueprints of many campus buildings. The Buildings series contains files related to buildings.
  • The Subject Files series contains files not related to specific buildings. These include reports, files containing material on several buildings, grounds, lighting, tunnels and conduits, drains, and swampland sales, insurance policies. Most notable in this series is the Olmstead Brothers report about the grounds.
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University Committee on Curriculum records

W. J. Beal Botanical Garden and Campus Plant Collections records

  • UA 4.2.1
  • 2.0 cubic feet
  • Includes the annual reports of the Beal Botanical Garden and Campus Plant Collections contain general information such as plans to expand the Beal Botanical Garden in the late 1920s, Dutch Elm Disease, new plantings, and the seed exchange and labelling programs. The 1968 report contains a map and brochure of the Botanical Gardens. The 1971 report contains a rare plant list.
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