Larry Bielat Collection

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator -
Bielat, Larry
Larry Bielat collection
Date [inclusive]
1906-1985, undated
0.6 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation note

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Larry Bielat is a 1960 graduate of MSU. He was a three year letter winner as a quarterback with the MSU football team. After graduating, Bielat coached both high school and college football before returning to MSU in 1982 as a coach on George Perles’ staff where he remained through the 1990 season. He began working with the Alumni Association in 1993, and since 1994 has been the color analyst for Spartan football games on the Spartan Radio Network.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains one program, one poster, 151 photographs (147 regular plus 4 oversize), and 25 postcards dealing with Michigan State University history collected by Larry Bielat. The photographs contain many individual photographs of athletes from 1929-1944. There are also many early photographs of the football team and a variety of pictures from the marching band spanning over thirty years. Of special interest are several photographs of MSU football coach Muddy Waters (1980-1982), including an oversized photo of Waters with his coaching staff. Some of the photographs were used in the book Spartan Football: 100 Seasons of Gridiron Glory, which Bielat co-wrote with Ken Hammond. The postcards fall between the years 1906 and 1910 and show a wide variety of campus life including the annual circus, the class tug-of-war, and individuals from the baseball, football, track and field, and basketball teams.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  November 2011

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Immediate Source of Acquisiton

Photos, postcards,Bielat, Larry,108 Union Building,gifts,1997-11-18, 1999-03-26,HC 802, HC 846,.6,cu. ft.,Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University. Class of 1960.
  • Michigan State University. -- General subdivision--Staff; Chronological subdivision--1980-1982.;


  • Photographs
  • Postcards
  • Posters
  • Programs

Personal Name(s)

  • Bielat, Larry
  • Bielat, Larry
  • Waters, Frank D.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Poster - Varsity vs. Celebrity Softball Game, 5th Annual 

1 1

Program - 1985 Italian Concert Tour, Falcone Band 

1 2


Box Folder

Athletes 1929 - 1932 

1 3

Athletes 1933 - 1936 

1 4

Athletes 1937 - 1939 

1 5

Athletes 1940 - 1944 

1 6

Campus Map, Michigan State College [1936?] 

1 7

Campus views 1907, n.d. 

1 8

Football team portraits 1924, 1937 

1 9

Individuals 1910, 1940 

1 10

Marching Band 1930s - 1970s 

1 11

Waters, Muddy n.d. 

1 12
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Box Folder

Annual Circus 1908 - 1910 

1 13

Class Tug-of-War 1908, n.d. 

1 14

Cross-country 1907 

1 15

Football 1906, n.d. 

1 16

Individuals 1907 - 1910, n.d. 

1 17

Ohio State Football Squad 1909 

1 18

Team Portraits- MAC Cross Country and Baseball Teams 1909-1910 


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Football team portraits 1930, 1935, 1955 

1 20

Muddy Waters and coaching staff [1908] 

1 21