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the Special Collections reading room at the MSU Library

The Reading Room

The Special Collections unit of the Michigan State University Libraries collects, houses, and preserves rare and unique materials within the MSU Libraries. Our materials cover a vast array of topics from Africana to Veterinary Medicine. These materials are available to the public in our reading room.

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The Masses (1911-1917) was a radical magazine founded in 1911 that reflected the changing relationship between art and politics in the early twentieth century, as did its successor The Liberator (1918-1924). After initial failure The Masses flourished under the guidance of Max Eastman and John Sloan as its art editor. Considered the greatest of the political, socialist, literary, and art magazines, it featured such writers as John Reed, Mary Heaton, Walter Lippman, and Art Young, along with artists George Bellows, George Winter, Stuart Davis, and Glen Coleman among others. Special Collections holds volume 4-10 of The Masses and complete holdings of The Liberator in the Radicalism Collection.

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Special Collections
MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing
MI, 48824


During the Fall and Spring semesters when classes are in session, Special Collections is open for the following hours:

Mon - Fri: 9am to 5pm
Sun: 1pm - 5pm

See the hours' web page for the most up to date hours.