We installed a new exhibit today!

We installed a new exhibit today! Come check out some high flights from our Special Collections on display in the Sawyer-Koch exhibit cases, which are located by the front entrance of the main library. Many thanks to our Facilities crew for helping with the install! #libraryexhibit #exhibition #specialcollections #librariesofinstagram (at MSU Libraries)   Tweet

Aristotle Meditations

  If you’re in the habit of reading descriptions of old books—and why wouldn’t you be?—you’ve likely come across something described as bound in period style or in a sympathetic binding. This typically means the book was rebound relatively recently, but rebound in a style consistent with the time period of the book’s original publication. …


New England Tavern Ledger Book, 1785-1788

Picture the scene: A bustling New England tavern, December 1785. Two patrons sit at the bar, swapping war stories and discussing nascent U.S. political philosophy over mugs of… of what, exactly? MSU Special Collections recently acquired an early American tavern keeper’s account book that can help answer that question—recording what American revolutionaries and their contemporaries …


Update: Mark Twain, Eugene Field, and a Skeptical Odyssey in the Stacks

Back in March, I shared something we had recently discovered in the Special Collections vault: an 1835 edition of Cruikshank at Home, inscribed by noted authors Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and Eugene Field.  We were excited to find the autographs of these two 19th century literary giants, especially because no mention of the inscriptions was made in our library …