Melinda Isler, Archivist
1010 Campus Drive
Big Rapids MI 49307
Collection Title: Alumni Bulletin Records
Creator: Ferris State University. Alumni Association.
Abstract: Alumni Bulletin is the official publication of the alumni association. This publication includes alumni success stories, columns by university administrators and information about current campus activities. It replaced the School Bulletin. The collection contains a complete run of the publication between 1972-1994.
Quantity: 2.0 cubic feet; 1 half records center box and 1 records center box.
Identification: UA 9.3.608
Repository: Ferris State University Archives and Records Management Program
In June 1972, the first issue of the new Alumni Bulletin was sent out by the Ferris State College Alumni Association. It was very similar in character and scope to the School Bulletin/ Alumni Journal which had served the institution since 1925. Articles in the first issue included a story about retirement of the dean of students, the statistics on job placement for current graduates, sports news and news on alumni, including a section for obituaries.
Max Cooper, from the Department of College Relations (now the News and Communications office) edited the publication. There was not a separate office of Alumni Relations at that period. The publication was 8 pages, and printed in a newspaper tabloid format. Color was introduced into the masthead and in the occasional photograph within the publication.
The publication was replaced in 1994 by the Crimson and Gold following a change to a newsmagazine format.
The Alumni Bulletin serves as the immediate successor to the School Bulletin/ Alumni Journal. That publication had become increasingly focused on communicating information with alumni, rather than potential students or current students. While this publication was originally intended to provide monthly communications, it generally was issued on a quarterly basis.
Topics included in the bulletin include the signed columns by the alumni director and other administrators. There are class notes, a section devoted to athletics and other campus events, and new buildings or staff. Perennial topics are homecoming, the spring reunion and commencement. Much of the publication is dedicated to either information about specific alumni or scheduling information about upcoming and immediately completed alumni events. The publication has a focus on drawing alumni into these events.
The publication is listed as being edited by the college relations office, and later by the Alumni Office. It is unclear who actually wrote all the articles. This collection only contains the final issues, not drafts or correspondence about the running of the publication.
The papers are divided into a single series.
The Alumni Bulletin Records are open for research to all users in accordance with University Archives and Records Management access policies. It is available in the reading room of the Ferris State University Archives.
Requests for permission to publish material should be directed to the University Archivist. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.
Copyright interests for this collection have been transferred to Ferris State University. For more information, contact the University Archivist.
Below are a list of names, organizations and subjects relating to the collection. Names have been taken from Library of Congress Authority headings whenever possible.
Alumni Journal/School Bulletin Records. (UA 9.3.605)
Crimson and Gold Records. (UA 9.3.612)
Footnotes and bibliographic references should use the following format:
[Item], Folder, Box. Alumni Bulletin Records. Ferris State University Archives. Big Rapids, Michigan.
This publication was a created by the Office of Alumni Affairs (which runs the Alumni Association). In fall 2002, a complete set of the publications was transferred from the office to the archives prior to an office move. Some of the issues had been transferred to the archives prior to 1980.
The Alumni Bulletin was processed to the folder level by Melinda McMartin Isler in October 2005. A finding aid was prepared in a word processing format and converted to EAD 1.0. A collection level MARC-21 record was prepared and placed in the library online public access catalog. Description based on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2004).
This collection consists of printed publications. No specialized software or hardware is required for viewing. Most pages are 11 x15 page sized which makes copying and scanning difficult.
This series consists of approximately 2.0 cubic feet of paper records. It contains up to 3 copies of the final publication (no drafts or notes) and are loose issues.
The issues are arranged in chronological order by month.
|1||1||Alumni Bulletin. June 1972.|
|1||2||Alumni Bulletin. August 1972.|
|1||3||Alumni Bulletin. October 1972.|
|1||4||Alumni Bulletin. March 1973.|
|1||5||Alumni Bulletin. June 1973.|
|1||6||Alumni Bulletin. August 1973.|
|1||7||Alumni Bulletin. September 1973.|
|1||8||Alumni Bulletin. November 1973.|
|1||9||Alumni Bulletin. February 1974.|
|1||10||Alumni Bulletin. May 1974.|
|1||11||Alumni Bulletin. July 1974.|
|1||12||Alumni Bulletin. November 1974.|
|1||13||Alumni Bulletin. 1974 honor roll edition. April 1975.|
|1||14||Alumni Bulletin. July 1975.|
|1||15||Alumni Bulletin. December 1975.|
|1||16||Alumni Bulletin. 1975 honor roll edition. March 1976.|
|1||17||Alumni Bulletin. July 1976.|
|1||18||Alumni Bulletin. November 1976.|
|1||19||Alumni Bulletin. February 1977.|
|1||20||Alumni Bulletin. 1976 honor roll edition. April 1977.|
|1||21||Alumni Bulletin. June 1977.|
|1||22||Alumni Bulletin. September 1977.|
|1||23||Alumni Bulletin. January 1978.|
|1||24||Alumni Bulletin. 1977 honor roll edition. March 1978.|
|1||25||Alumni Bulletin. May 1978.|
|1||26||Alumni Bulletin. June 1978.|
|1||27||Alumni Bulletin. October 1978.|
|1||28||Alumni Bulletin. January 1979.|
|1||29||Alumni Bulletin. 1978 honor roll edition. April 1979.|
|1||30||Alumni Bulletin. July 1979.|
|1||31||Alumni Bulletin. January 1980.|
|1||32||Alumni Bulletin. 1979 honor roll edition. April 1980.|
|1||33||Alumni Bulletin. July 1980.|
|1||34||Alumni Bulletin. October 1980.|
|1||35||Alumni Bulletin. January 1981.|
|1||36||Alumni Bulletin. April 1981.|
|1||37||Alumni Bulletin. 1980 honor roll edition. April 1981.|
|1||38||Alumni Bulletin. July 1981.|
|1||39||Alumni Bulletin. October 1981.|
|1||40||Alumni Bulletin. January 1982.|
|1||41||Alumni Bulletin. April 1982.|
|1||42||Alumni Bulletin. Honor roll edition. April 1982.|
|1||43||Alumni Bulletin. July 1982.|
|1||44||Alumni Bulletin. October 1982.|
|1||45||Alumni Bulletin. January 1983.|
|1||46||Alumni Bulletin. April 1983.|
|1||47||Alumni Bulletin. July 1983.|
|1||48||Alumni Bulletin. October 1983.|
|1||49||Alumni Bulletin. January 1984.|
|1||50||Alumni Bulletin. April 1984.|
|1||51||Alumni Bulletin. July 1984.|
|1||52||Alumni Bulletin. October 1984.|
|1||53||Alumni Bulletin. January 1985.|
|1||54||Alumni Bulletin. April 1985.|
|1||55||Alumni Bulletin. July 1985.|
|1||56||Alumni Bulletin. October 1985.|
|1||57||Alumni Bulletin. January 1986.|
|1||58||Alumni Bulletin. April 1986.|
|1||59||Alumni Bulletin. October 1986.|
|1||60||Alumni Bulletin. Honor roll edition. 1986.|
|1||61||Alumni Bulletin. January 1987.|
|1||62||Alumni Bulletin. April 1987.|
|1||63||Alumni Bulletin. July 1987.|
|1||64||Alumni Bulletin. October 1987.|
|1||65||Alumni Bulletin. January 1988.|
|1||66||Alumni Bulletin. April 1988.|
|1||67||Alumni Bulletin. Fall 1988.|
|1||68||Alumni Bulletin. Winter 1988.|
|2||1||Alumni Bulletin. Spring 1989.|
|2||2||Alumni Bulletin. Fall 1989.|
|2||3||Alumni Bulletin. Winter 1989.|
|2||4||Alumni Bulletin. Honor roll edition. 1988-1989.|
|2||5||Alumni Bulletin. Spring 1990.|
|2||6||Alumni Bulletin. Fall 1990.|
|2||7||Alumni Bulletin. Winter 1990.|
|2||8||Alumni Bulletin. Honor roll edition. 1989-1990.|
|2||9||Alumni Bulletin. Spring 1991.|
|2||10||Alumni Bulletin. Honor roll edition. 1991-1992.|
|2||11||Alumni Bulletin. Fall 1991.|
|2||12||Alumni Bulletin. Winter 1991.|
|2||13||Alumni Bulletin. Spring 1992.|
|2||14||Alumni Bulletin. Honor roll edition. 1991-1992.|
|2||15||Alumni Bulletin. Fall 1992.|
|2||16||Alumni Bulletin. Winter 1992.|
|2||17||Alumni Bulletin. Spring 1993.|
|2||18||Alumni Bulletin. Fall 1993.|
|2||19||Alumni Bulletin. Spring 1994.|