MSU 125th Anniversary Oral History Project Records

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Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
MSU 125th Anniversary Oral History Project records
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Preferred Citation

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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Historical Note

In anticipation of the 125th anniversary of the founding of Michigan State University, a project to record the institution's recent history was first proposed and formulated in the office of the Vice President for University and Federal Relations in the summer of 1978. In deference to the centennial history of Michigan Agricultural College, which had been published in 1956, the project mission was to focus on the major areas of transition over the succeeding quarter-century, during which the school had become a broadly-based university. The objective was to be reached by interview key individuals who were personally acquainted with the most significant accomplishments of the school in that time. These testimonies were to be transcribed, edited, and compiled into a book that was to be issued as a commemorative publication in 1980.

Funding of $5,000 was secured for the planning and implementation phases of the Oral History Project. Publication was dependent upon securing additional support in the following fiscal year. A committee was formed and began meeting to plan and implement the project in the fall of 1978. Planning completed and personnel hired, the interviews began in January of 1979 and concluded in the fall of the same year. Transcription was completed simultaneously and submitted to the narrators for release as completed. All paperwork was finished by the end of January, 1980 (although instruments of gift had not been executed on all transcriptions), but publication funds were not forthcoming.

Project Principals

Robert Perrin, Vice President for University and Federal Relations. PROJECT COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN Frederick Honhart, Assistant Director, University Archives. PROJECT COORDINATOR Nancy Dixon, INTERVIEWER

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Scope and Content

The collection is arranged into six series. They are Transcripts; Restricted Drafts, Duplicate Copies, Research Accomplishments, Project Committee Records, and Reel to Reel Audio tapes.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections

Revision Description

  January 2013

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Portions of the collection may be restricted.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

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

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Collection Inventory


Cantlon, John. Vice President, Research and Graduate Studies. "Research at Michigan State." 

Box Folder

 January 23, 1979 

4183 6

 February 12,1979 

4183 7

 February 15, 1979 

4183 8

 February 20,1979 

4183 9
Box Folder

Greer, Thomas. Professor of Humanities, University College. "General Education at MSU." May 22, 1979 

4183 10

Hunt, Andrew. Coordinator, Medical Humanities Program. "Medical Education at MSU." 

Box Folder

 March 1, 1979 

4183 11

 March 7, 1979 

4183 12

  April 2, 1979 

4183 13
Box Folder

Hunter, Armand. Director, Continuing Education. Lifelong" Education Programs." January 16 and 26, 1979 

4183 14

Idzerda, Stanley. Director, Honor College. "The Honors College." May 28, 1979 

4183 15-16

McIntyre, George. Director, Cooperative Extension Service. "MSU Cooperative Extension." May 23, 1979 

4183 17

Norell, Gwen. Assistant Director, Counseling Center. "Student Services at Michigan State." May 17, 1979 

4183 18

Pash, Donald A. Director, Television Music Projects, WKAR- TV. "Fine Arts Programming at MSU." 

Box Folder

 March 22, 1979 

4183 19

 March 29, 1979 

4183 20

Smuckler, Ralph. Dean, International Studies and Programs. "MSU: The International Dimension." 

Box Folder

 May 31, 1979 

4183 21

 October 8, 1979 

4183 22

Stabley, Fred 

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Restricted Drafts 

Box Folder

Hunter, Armand 

4183 23-24

Idzerda, Stanley 

4183 25-26

Pash, Donald A. 

4183 27-28

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Duplicate Copies 

Box Folder

Cantlon, John 

4183 29-32

Hunt, Andrew 

4183 33-35

Hunter, Armand 

4183 36

Idzerda, Stanley 

4183 37-38

McIntyre, George 

4183 39

Norell, Gwen 

4183 40

Pash, Donald A. 

4183 41-42

Smuckler, Ralph 

4183 43-44

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Research Accomplishments, 1953 -1978 1977-1979 

Box Folder

Agriculture Experiment Station - Art 1979 

4183 45

Biochemistry - Botany 

4183 46

Communication - Cyclotron 

4183 47

Diary Science 

4183 48

Electrical Engineering and Systems Science - Entomology 

4183 49

Family Ecology - Forestry 

4183 50

Geography - German and Russian 

4183 51

Horticulture - Human Ecology 

4183 52

Institute for Family and Child Study - Large Animal Surgery and Medicine 

4183 53

Management - Osteopathic Medicine 

4183 54

Packaging - Psychology 

4183 55

Resource Development - Zoology 

4183 56

Summary Report 

4183 57

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Project Committee Records 

Box Folder

Committee Work 

4183 1

Processing Records 

4183 2


4183 3

Financial records 

4183 5

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Reel to Reel Tapes 


Interviews with Key Administrators 


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