Learning Resources Center Records

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Michigan State University. Learning Resources Center.
Learning Resources Center records
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 3 folders

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

The Learning Resources Center opened in 1969 and began as little more than an AV center for what was then the Department of American Thought and Language (now WRAC). The first coordinator, Dan Preston, developed speed reading and vocabulary building programs that were primarily used by students in ATL classes. Throughout the '70s the Center continued to grow and increase the number of services it offered to MSU students.

Elaine Cherney became the second coordinator of the LRC in 1981. She enlarged the reading offerings, and oversaw the addition of a computer learning lab to the Center. The LRC also expanded its tutoring and outreach services under Dr. Cheney's leadership by opening an evening tutoring location in a residence hall.

In 1995, Pat Cavenaugh became the coordinator and the Center had expanded its tutoring offerings again, established two more satellite locations in residence halls, and increased staff.

Today, the Center has a staff of five full-time specialists (including Fred Barton, current coordinator), a full-time office manager, two graduate assistants, and an undergraduate tutoring force of 25. They see over 14,000 MSU students per year through a variety of services and programs and offer specialized training programs with various units around the campus. [Source: Learning Resources Center web site]

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Scope and Contents note

The records include a serial publication from the MSU American Studies Association which features cover art by Dan Preston (first coordinator of the learning center), orientation materials, and miscellaneous records related to the library.

The collection also includes unpublished annual reports for 1972 - 1978.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections March 2009

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

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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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University. -- General subdivision--Learning Resources Center.;


  • Annual reports

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

American Examiner Fall – Winter 1979 

F.D. 1

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Miscellaneous 1978 

F.D. 2

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Specialized Orientations (Phase III) Undated 

F.D. 3

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Annual Reports 



Annual Reports







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