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Special Collections
Main Library Building
Michigan State University
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI, 48824
Phone: (517) 884-6471


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Special Collections was established in 1962 to hold, preserve, build, and make accessible rare materials and special collections in the MSU Libraries. All materials must be used in the Special Collections reading room to protect and preserve them for use today and in the future. Learn more about Special Collections

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History of the Book (HST 475 / ENG 475)

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Do you have a passion for books? Have you seen the treasures that MSU’s libraries hold? This new seminar course will examine the history of books, reading, and printing from the late Middle Ages until the present. Created and taught in conjunction with the staff of Special Collections at the Main Library, our course will consider the evolution of print culture by using specimens from MSU’s varied collections. Our discussions will emerge from readings on book history as well as on our interactions with the librarians who investigate, preserve, and organize the collections. The focus of the seminar will be on print in all its forms: From manuscripts to comic books, from early print to newspapers and mass market publishing. Students interested in intellectual and cultural history, library science, and literature are particularly encouraged to take this course. The course is crosslisted in both History and English, serving students in both CSS and CAL and held on Mondays and Wednesdays 10:20-11:40, Fall Semester, 2016 in 108 Berkey Hall and Main Library.