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A Finding Aid for Crimson and Gold Publication 1994-2009

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Crimson and Gold Records

Creator: Ferris State University. Alumni Office.

Dates: 1994-2009

Abstract: 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 1994-2007.

Language: English

Quantity: 1.5 cubic feet; 1 records center box

Identification: UA 9.3.612

Repository: Ferris State University Archives and Records Management Program

Historical Note

The alumni magazine in fall 1994 switched format from a newspaper to a magazine style publication. The first issue focused on the interim new president and other changes on campus. It also included the annual donor list and fundraising society memberships. Interim president William Sederberg, as well as the alumni director wrote columns. The style of publication had changed significantly as was emphasized by publication's new title of Crimson and Gold.

Early issues were short at 20-30 pages. More recent issues have included as many as 60 pages. However, the journal was in full color and contained numerous photographs and graphics. Topics include alumni activities, board activities and the result of fundraising by the alumni office. Information about alumni scholarship recipients or other students of note are also included. Articles are written by communications office staff and graphics and photographs were also provided by university photographer, who reported to that office.

Scope and Content Note

This publication serves to communicate about Ferris activities to the alumni. Such activities include both the campus and its current students and the alumni scattered all over the world. Its newsmagazine format focuses on readibility and strong graphic design that will catch the eyes of the alumni. This magazine is a benefit of being a member of the Alumni Association.

Issues have been three times per year. Some have been labelled with a season such as Fall 1995, while others have a specific month such as December 1994. There has been irregular numbering of both volume (year) and issue numbers. Some issues have no numbers. Others have been numbered, with a new volume beginning with the spring issue. This is different from other publications which begin renumbering with the start of the academic years.

Topics included in the bulletin include the signed columns by presidents and the alumni director. There are class notes, a section devoted to athletics and other campus events, and new buildings or staff. Perennial topics include homecoming, the spring reunion and commencement. Often there are articles about a historic event on campus (or a event that has just happened that will someday be historic!)

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.

Access Information

Conditions of Access

The Crimson and Gold 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.

Conditions of Use

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.

Subject Headings

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.

Related Materials

None specified.

Administrative Information


Footnotes and bibliographic references should use the following format:
[Item], Folder, Box (or url). Crimson and Gold. Ferris State University Archives. Big Rapids, Michigan.

Provenance (Acquisition Information)

This publication was a joint production of the Office of Alumni Affairs and the communications office of the University Advancement division. In fall 2002, a complete set of the publications was transferred from the office to the archives prior to an office move. At that time, the archives was placed on the mailing list to receive copies of the publication as they are produced. Material was added to the collection in September 2006

Processing Information

The Crimson and Gold 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 2.0. 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).

Technical Requirements

This collection consists of a magazine format with an 8.5 x 11 inch page size. It requires no specialized software or equipment for viewing.

Alternate Formats

Beginning in 1995, an html version fo this publication has been placed on the Ferris State University and is available through the news and communication website.

Content Listing

Series 1. Crimson and Gold. 1994-2007.

The Crimson and Gold publication is a collection of up to three copies of each issue. The only series consists of loose paper copies of the serial publication.

The issues are arranged chronologically.

Box Folder Contents
1 1 Crimson and Gold. September 1994.
1 2 Crimson and Gold. December 1994.
1 3 Crimson and Gold. April 1995.
1 4 Crimson and Gold. September 1995.
1 5 Crimson and Gold. December 1995.
1 6 Crimson and Gold. April 1996.
1 7 Crimson and Gold. August 1996.
1 8 Crimson and Gold. November 1996.
1 9 Crimson and Gold. April 1997.
1 10 Crimson and Gold. September 1997.
1 11 Crimson and Gold. December 1997.
1 12 Crimson and Gold. March 1998.
1 13 Crimson and Gold. September 1998.
1 14 Crimson and Gold. December 1998.
1 15 Crimson and Gold. Spring 1999.
1 16 Crimson and Gold. Fall 1999.
1 17 Crimson and Gold. Winter 1999.
1 18 Crimson and Gold. Spring 2000.
1 19 Crimson and Gold. Fall 2000.
1 20 Crimson and Gold. Winter 2000.
1 21 Crimson and Gold. Spring 2001.
1 22 Crimson and Gold. Fall 2001.
1 23 Crimson and Gold. Winter 2001.
1 24 Crimson and Gold. Spring 2002.
1 25 Crimson and Gold. Fall 2002.
1 26 Crimson and Gold. Winter 2002.
1 27 Crimson and Gold. Spring 2003.
1 28 Crimson and Gold. Fall 2003.
1 29 Crimson and Gold. Winter 2003.
1 30 Crimson and Gold. Spring 2004.
1 31 Crimson and Gold. Fall 2004.
1 32 Crimson and Gold. Winter 2004.
1 33 Crimson and Gold. Spring 2005.
1 34 Crimson and Gold. Fall 2005.
1 35 Crimson and Gold. Winter 2005.
1 36 Crimson and Gold. Spring 2006.
1 37 Crimson and Gold. Fall 2006.
1 38 Crimson and Gold. Winter 2006.
1 39 Crimson and Gold. Spring 2007.
1 40 Crimson and Gold. Fall 2007.
1 41 Crimson and Gold. Winter 2007.
1 42 Crimson and Gold. Spring 2008.
1 43 Crimson and Gold. Fall 2008.
1 44 Crimson and Gold. Winter 2008.
1 45 Crimson and Gold. Spring 2009.