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Honoring Randy Scott,
Comic Art Bibliographer at Michigan State University

Randy Scott, comic book bibliographer, has grown and shaped the Michigan State University Libraries’ Comic Art Collection since its beginning in the 1970s. Now, after 49 years of service, he is retiring to enjoy time with his family, make music and travel.  

When Randy began working at MSU, comic books were not acknowledged as appropriate material for scholarly research. However, he recognized their value and prominence in popular culture and worked diligently to ensure that comic books have a home at MSU. During his career, Randy pioneered a methodology for cataloging comics and worked to transform MSU’s collection from less than 5,000 American comics to the largest publicly accessible collection of global comic books and art in the United States with over 350,000 items. Randy saw the value of comic art in academia and spent his life curating and advocating for research in this field.  

Celebrate Randy Scott’s Successful Career with a Gift Today! 

Show your appreciation for Randy’s work by supporting the Levy Endowment Fund for MSU Libraries' Comic Art Collection in Honor of Randall W. Scott. This fund was created to recognize Randy’s impact and to support the purchase, preservation and curation of comics within the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections. It ensures that the collection Randy spent his career building and caring for will continue to expand and enrich the life of students and scholars for years to come.  

Congratulate Randy on his retirement and help continue to build his vision for comics research at Michigan State! 

About the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections 

MSU Libraries Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections was formally established in 1962 with the charge to house special materials, as well as to build, preserve, and make accessible important research collections for educational use. 

Today, the Murray and Hong Special Collections holds over 500,000 printed works, numerous manuscript and archival collections, and an extensive collection of ephemera. Some of our notable collections include the Africana Collection, Comic Art Collection, Cookery and Food Collection, European History and Culture Collection, José F. Treviño Chicanx/Latinx Activism Collection, LGBTQ+ Collection, Radicalism Collection, Russel B. Nye Popular Culture Collection, and Veterinary Medicine Collection. The Russel B. Nye Popular Culture Collection is one of the largest collections of its kind in the world while the Radicalism Collection features extensive holdings on a wide range of political, social, and economic viewpoints. All of the materials may be seen and used in the Special Collections reading room during open hours.

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 23OOPCF1RSRET” in the note section.

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