MSU Museum Cultural Collections

Michigan State University Museum Cultural Collections

– Anthropology/Archaeology

– Folklife and Traditional Arts

– History

Mr. Val Berryman, Curator of History,

Dr. C. Kurt Dewhurst, Curator of Folklife and Cultural Heritage,

Dr. William Lovis, Curator of Anthropology,

Dr. Jodie O’Gorman, Associate Curator of Anthropology

Dr. Marsha MacDowell, Curator of Folk Arts,

Ms. Lynne Swanson, Cultural Collections Manager,

Ms. Mary Worrall, Assistant Curator of Folk Arts, and Coordinator, MSU Museum Internships,

Dr. Julie Avery, Assistant Curator of History,

Ms. LuAnne Kozma, Assistant Curator of Folk Arts,

Ms. Beth Donaldson, Digital Assets Integrity Officer,

Ms. Pearl Yee Wong, Coordinator, Digital and Multimedia Collections,

In addition, over 25 individuals are engaged as Research Associates or Adjunct Curators with the acquisition, use, and access to the MSU Museum cultural collections.

Exhibitions Facility and Natural Science Collections:

MSU Museum, West Circle Drive, MSU

(517) 355-2370

Access/Availability: Exhibitions are open and free to the general public Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Donations requested. Tours/presentations to school groups and others Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. by appointment only. To arrange tours of the MSU Museum long-term or temporary exhibitions, contact: 517/432-1472 or go to For more information, call 517-355-2370.

Cultural Collections:

Cultural Collections Resource and Research Center, Central Services Building, Red Cedar Road, MSU

Access by appointment only.  Contact Lynne Swanson,, 355-3304

Archaeology Collections:

McDonel Hall, Shaw Lane, MSU, in addition to Central Services Building above

Access by appointment only.  Contact Dr. William Lovis,, 355-3485

Cultural Collections Links:

Digital Repositories and Tools for Research on Discrete MSU Museum cultural collections:

Description of Collections:

The Michigan State University Museum, founded in 1857, is the first collection holding unit established on campus. It holds the university’s most extensive and diverse Cultural Heritage Collections. These collections are used for research, education, exhibition, and outreach and engagement projects.  Strengths include: agricultural heritage collections, North American Indian basketry, Pan-African material culture, Michigan Traditional Arts Program Research Collections (which hold ethnographic documentation on many different cultural expressions and from many different cultural groups in Michigan), Great Lakes Quilt Center collection of quilts and related ephemera, world cultures textile collection, archaeological research collections from numerous Michigan locations ranging in age from Paleo-Indian through the nineteenth century, while the archaeology teaching collections primarily cover Europe, Middle, and South America. For extended descriptions of discrete collections, go to

College/Department Affiliations: Administratively the Michigan State University Museum operates within the Office of the Provost, through the Office of University Outreach and Engagement, The MSU Museum also is closely aligned with core colleges, as well as individual academic and outreach units including – College of Arts & Letters, College of Natural Science, Department of Anthropology, College of Social Science, MSU’s Consortium for Archaeological Research, and MSU Extension — with which it shares faculty appointments and coordinates collection maintenance and educational programs.  In addition, museum curators, researchers and public programmers work closely with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Education, International Studies and Programs , Residential College of Arts and Humanities and other units on campus where its collections and resources intersect with teaching and research missions.

College/Department Affiliation: Associated with the Department of Anthropology, College of Social Science