History

drawing of individuals carrying grass and milk jugs
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MSU receives $1.5M Mellon Foundation grant to build extensive database on the historic slave trade

Matrix is excited to announce Enslaved: The People of the Historic Slave Trade, a project supported by a $1.47 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project will create an online data hub that will bring together many datasets of African slavery and the Atlantic slave trade. Previously, projects archiving the history of…

Magazine cover drawing of a vietnamese woman wearing MSU outfit
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MSU Vietnam Group Archive

The MSU Vietnam Group Archive– a joint collaboration between MATRIX, Michigan State University (MSU), MSU Department of History, and MSU University Archives & Historical Collections– has received $264,998 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). MSU Vietnam Group Archive is committed to the task of digitizing and archiving documents from 1955-1962, when…

Sepia-toned image of Ellen Richards in cap and gown.
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Women in Science

The Women in Science archive provides full and partial text access to the written work of several significant female scientists. Accompanying these text works are contextualizing photographs and biographies.  In addition to the work of the eight scientists hosted locally, the Women in Science website links visitors to additional resources that shed light on women’s…

Drawing of a large Chinese man and several doctors.
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The Mystery of Lam Qua: Medical Portraiture in China, 1836-1855

The Mystery of Lam Qua consists of a gallery of oil paintings with contextualizing metadata that document a series of patients seen by Reverend Dr. Peter Parker, an American Presbyterian minister and physician whose 1835 hospital in Canton, China attracted a wide range of patients. These patients often had severe or unusual cases of pathology…

Black and white drawing of an early 19th century London hospital ward.
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The John Snow Archive and Research Companion

John Snow’s contributions during the early years of inhalation anesthesia, and his investigations during two mid–century cholera epidemics in Victorian London, are landmarks in anesthesiology, epidemiology, medical cartography, and public health. The John Snow Archive is primarily an archive of Snow’s published writings—most appearing in medical journals—as well as recorded presentations and comments at medical…

Graphic showing information about the Flint Sit-Down Strike.
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Historical Voices

The purpose of Historical Voices is to create a significant, fully searchable online database of spoken word collections spanning the 20th century. This database will store and make available a number of spoken word materials that record a substantial amount of our cultural heritage from the 1900s. Until the Historical Voices collection, these recordings were…

Satirical poster of a man in a top hat pointing his finger.
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Greater Mexico Podcast

The Greater Mexico Podcast interviews men and women involved in political trends, cultural events and social movements before turning to an historical expert who seeks to place these events in a historical context. The mission of the Greater Mexico Podcast is to popularize debate about events affecting Mexicans and Chicanos and create a dialogue between…

Black and white photograph of John Updike.
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Celebrity Lecture Series

The Celebrity Lecture Series was established at Michigan State University by the College of Arts and Letters in order to bring in individuals significantly connected with the arts and humanities. The popularity of this series attracted students, faculty, and members of the community, and featured some of the most illustrious scholars, critics, novelists, poets, and…

Cover of a program for a Mother's Day concert depicting a silhouette of a woman's head and neck.
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Detroit Black Churches

Detroit Black Churches is dedicated to preserving records and memories from the religious history of one of the United States’ oldest and most diverse cities, focusing particularly on the African-American churches that were created during the 1930s and 1940s in the wake of the Great Migration. The site features pictures, scanned documents, old bulletins, and more…

Black and white photograph of Eleanor Roosevelt during a radio broadcast.
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American Voices

American Voices is a collection of late 19th and 20th century recordings, images and text that span the vista of American politics and culture. This archive features vast and valuable resources, including recordings by Neil Armstrong, Muhammad Ali, Spiro Agnew, and Dorothy Day— among many, many others. In addition to being searchable by person and/or…