Melinda Isler, Archivist
1010 Campus Drive
Big Rapids MI 49307
Campus Directory. 1940-2015. 3.0 cubic feet.
Annual directories provide information about staff and students. Some issues also contain organizational information about the university. It has been produced since 1928.
Campus Office Girls Records. 1950-1998. 1.7 cubic feet.
The Campus Office Girls organization was founded in 1950 to facilitate introductions between new personnel and previously employed staff. Functions included educational programs, social activities and charitable donations. The group later affiliated with the Michigan Association of Educational Secretaries. Records include financial records, administrative records, membership lists and programs.
Career Services and Placement Records. 1965-2003. 1.5 cubic feet.
The Career Services and Placement Office existed as part of Ferris under a variety of names to aid graduates in locating jobs. In 2003, it became part of Student Employment. The office provided job leads for students and statistical information for the institution about the placement of graduates. The records consist primarily of annual reports, graduate placement surveys and placement bulletins.
Catalog Records. 1894-2002. 4.5 cubic feet.
In 1894, a decade after beginning the Big Rapids Industrial School, Woodbridge N. Ferris published the first separate catalog. The catalog provided basic information about the school, the curricula and programs available. It was produced annually until 1976 when it became a biannual publication. The catalog ceased to exist in print format in 2002.
Centennial Committee Records. 1952-1953. 0.2 cubic feet.
The Centennial Committee records detail the anniversary celebrations of the birth of founder Woodbridge N. Ferris in 1953. Organized by a committee, the celebration was split into the actual birthday commemoration on January 6, 1953 and a later celebration in May 1953. The records consist of correspondence, minutes, programs, publicity and other organizational materials.
Centennial Task Force Records. 1964-1987. 7.5 cubic feet.
Ferris State College celebrated its centennial during the 1983-1984 academic year. The planning for the celebrations had begun in 1979 through an advisory committee created by President Robert L. Ewigleben. The Centennial Task Force records consist of the planning files and products of the celebration, as collected by the Centennial Task Force office and from the chairman.
Century of Opportunity Records. 1982. 1.5 cubic feet.
In preparation for Ferris State College's 1984 centennial celebrations, retired public relations employee Joseph Deupree wrote the centennial institutional history. The book was a mixture of legends and facts, with numerous illustrations. This collection contains drafts of chapters that both made it into the final print, other manuscript materials and graphics and layout patterns.
Chulski, Thomas- Papers. 1959-1988. 1.5 cubic feet.
Thomas Chulski served as a faculty member in the Department of Physical Sciences at Ferris State University from 1959-1988. He taught various levels of undergraduate physical science and chemistry courses. Records include lesson plans, memos, seminar notes and worksheets.
Class Schedule Books. 1963-2004. 4.5 cubic feet.
This publication provides a listing of courses, instructors and locations by quarter/semester. The collection complains a run of the publication between 1963-2004. After 2004, the publication was only available online.
Commencement Records. 1889-ongoing. 6.0 cubic feet.
Commencement officially began at Ferris Institute in June 1906 and continues at the conclusion of every semester. It serves as a recognition ceremony for students who have completed their course of study. Records in this series include programs, invitations, instructions, speeches, graduate lists and organizational materials.
Committee on Instruction Records. 1959-1978. 3.0 cubic feet.
The Committee on Instruction advised the president on institutional policies and practices which effected the instructional programs. It was headed by the Vice President for Instruction/ Academic Affairs and membership included deans, the registrar, admissions and faculty representatives. Activities include the review of both curricula and policies.
Crimson and Gold Records. 1994-2009. 1.5 cubic feet.
Crimson and Gold is a the alumni newsmagazine published seasonally by the alumni office. This publication provides alumni stories, including class notes, columns by current Ferris administrators and stories about campus. The collection contains a complete run of the publication between 1994-2005.
Dachoff, Dacho- Papers. 1892-1992. 13.7 cubic feet.
Dacho Dachoff directed the music program at Ferris State College from 1957-1977 and taught until his retirement in 1983. His activities including conducting the band, leading student groups and improving the role of all arts on the campus. The papers contain personal and teaching information, in addition to project data relating to projects promoting the arts on campus.
Degree Program Costs Reports Records. 1984-2014. 1.5 cubic feet.
The degree program cost reports are a series of statistical analyses of program costs including student credit hours, instructor costs, departmental costs, and costs within a college. The reports are produced by Institutional Research and Testing.
Distinguished Teacher Award Committee Records. 1961-2004. 0.4 cubic feet.
The Distinguished Teacher Award Committee annually recommends names of faculty members to be the Distinguished Teacher of the Year. This supports Ferris' mission as a teaching institution. Records in the collection consist of correspondence, minutes and publicity.
Don Halm Jazz Music Collection. 1924-2003. 68 boxes.
This is a collection of jazz, swing, big band and contemporary music, primarily on albums. It also includes some cd compilations and printed material.
Educational Planning Committee Records. 1968-1987. 3.0 cubic feet.
The Educational Planning Committee was formed in 1970 to assess educational structure and to provide faculty with an outlet to advise the administration on long range planning. The records consist of correspondence, minutes and reports. There are also specific curriculum proposals and program reviews.
Enrollment Growth Task Force Records. 2004. 0.2 cubic feet.
These records contain the working papers of a task force charged by President David Eisler to develop and plan enrollment strategies which would aid the continued expansion of Ferris State University. The records contain membership lists, minutes, reports and supporting documentation.
Environmental Studies Management Center Records. 1973-2002. 1.5 cubic feet.
The Environmental Studies Management Center was founded in 1972 after receiving a federal grant. The center utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching environmental planning and management. Students carry out assessment and survey projects in the local area under the direction of the guidance of faculty members. The records consist of reports produced by the students.
Ewigleben, Robert L.- Papers. 1971-1985. 21 cubic feet.
Robert W. Ewigleben (1928- ) served as Ferris twelfth president from 1971-1984. He oversaw a period of extensive growth on the campus, with expansion of programs and the physical facilities. His papers include material relating to civil rights issues, governmental relations, the growth of sports, and the creation of the College of Optometry.