Digital Collections

The University Archives and Special Collections has several born-digital collections and limited digitized collections. This page highlights some of those collections.

 institutional repository logoFerris Institutional Repository (FIR)

FIR provides a place to store, provide access to, and preserve digital objects and resources created and used by the Ferris community. This includes administrative documents, research and working papers, faculty-created learning tools (including animations and videos), digitized archival resources and more.

Autobiography of Woodbridge FerrisAutobiography of Woodbridge N. Ferris

The  Autobiography was written by Woodbridge Ferris but compiled into a publication in 1995 by a Ferris State University committee with accompanying photographs.

Century of Opportunity page.Century of Opportunity

Century of Opportunity was written by Ferris staff Joseph Deupree as part of the centennial celebrations in 1984.  It covers the history of Ferris from the founding in 1884 to roughly the mid 1970s.

Snead scrapbook coverRon Snead Scrapbooks

Ronald Snead was a 1971 Biology graduate of Ferris State College. He attended Ferris at a time of great racial unrest. While at Ferris, Snead captured some of the turmoil of the period through scrapbooks of newsclippings and correspondence.

Snead loaned the scrapbooks to create an electronic version that will help current students and staff to understand that period of our history. The scrapbooks also contain material about Snead's involvement with student government.