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A Finding Aid for the Ferris Institute Calendar Records 1912-1916

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Ferris Institute Calendar Records

Creator: Ferris Institute

Dates: 1912-1916

Abstract: Ferris Institute Calendar is a school sponsored calendar publication. It had pages for each month which also includes photos. The collection contains a complete run of the publication between 1912-1916.

Language: English

Quantity: 0.2 cubic feet; 1 Hollinger boxes

Identification: UA 18.3.608

Repository: Ferris State University Archives and Records Management Program

Historical Note

In 1912, the first known edition of the FI Calendar was produced. There were two monthly calendars included within a page, along with at least two pictures relating to the month, or something else related to the Institute. It provides calendar dates, but no identification of any date-specific event that may have occurred at the school. Pages are printed n tan art style paper, and are single-sided, bound together by a braided string.

The last known issue of the calendar was in 1916.

Scope and Content Note

This publication was donated to the archives by alumni and other individuals at different times. It clearly served as a publication that catered to the student publication. It is a wall calendar which includes photographs and the graphical depiction of the days of the month. Typical photographs are the outside shot of the Old Main Building, the campus, Woodbridge and Helen Ferris, faculty photographs, departments, sports teams, music groups or other student organizations. This publication, in combination with the yearbook, serves as the sole source of photographs from this period of the school.

This is the only school sponsored wall calendar known to exist before the 1984 centennial calendar which featured similar historical photographs. There is no information available about who put the calendar together or the method of distribution.


The papers are included in a single series.

Access Information

Conditions of Access

The Ferris Institute Calendar 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). Ferris Institute Calender Records. Ferris State University Archives. Big Rapids, Michigan.

Provenance (Acquisition Information)

This publication was a created by the Institute between 1912-1916. Calendars were donated by various individuals and unknown dates. One copy of the 1914 calendar was donated by the Clarke Historical Library (Mount Pleasant, Mich.) in September 2002.

Processing Information

The Ferris Institute Calendar 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 copied photos pasted onto an art paper. No specialized equipment is required to view it.

Content Listing

Series 1. Ferris Institute Calendars. 1912-1916.

This series is a collection of up to three copies of each issue. They have been foldered and housed in acid-neutral boxes. This collection does not contain any materials other than the final publication. There is no edition from 1915.

The paper issues are arranged chronologically and foldered by year.

Box Folder Contents
1 1 Ferris Institute Calendar. 1912.
1 2 Ferris Institute Calendar. 1913.
1 3 Ferris Institute Calendar. 1914.
1 4 Ferris Institute Calendar. 1916.