Michigan State University

Collection Development Policy Statement: Manuscript and Archival Collections in Special Collections

Analysis of the Field

A. Chronology

The manuscripts and archives of Special Collections have no chronological limitations, and currently range from 15th century codices to born-digital collections.  Currently, the bulk of archives and manuscripts in MSU Special Collections were created during the 20th century to present.

B. Language

There are no exclusions based on language, but preference is often given to material in English, which users generally find more accessible.

C. Geography

Material on and from all geographic areas is considered, but greatest geographic strengths are currently in Michigan, Africa, and Eastern Europe/Balkans.

D. Types of materials and formats

The manuscripts and archives of Special Collections broadly encompass all forms, from handwritten and printed material, realia, digital objects, and audio/visual material.  However, very large 3-dimensional objects and artwork may be housed at the MSU Museum or Broad Art Museum for more specialized storage.

E. Data

For guidelines, see http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/c.php?g=139267