Spring-cleaning? University Archives may help

Some of us celebrate spring by taking a stroll, basking in the sun or enjoying the beauty of nature in bloom. Others take a more practical approach and opt to do a little spring-cleaning. If you’re of the latter variety, you may be pulling out the old files and weeding through the bookcases in your offices. In doing so, you may come across some outdated Michigan State UniversityExtension bulletins. What to do?

The University Archives & Historical Collections can help.

Jennie Russell, assistant records archivist, said, “The best thing that Extension staff can do is make a list of the bulletins that they have, so we can compare and see if we have a copy or not.”

The list should include the following details about each bulletin: the title, the volume and issue number, and the date. Send the list to the Archives at archives@msu.edu. After an Archives staff member reviews it, he or she will contact you with further instructions.

“There are so many different Extension bulletins that we need all of that information to make an informed decision. If there are issues we want, we will have them fill out a transmittal sheet and have them delivered to us,” said Jennie.

Keeping the bulletins in the archives ensures that we won’t lose them and we can refer to them for historical reference.

Archives needs only one copy of the bulletin. If you have multiple copies, recycle the rest.

If you have questions, contact the University Archives & Historical Collections at archives@msu.edu.

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