Melinda Isler, Archivist
1010 Campus Drive
Big Rapids MI 49307
Repository: Ferris State University Archives and Records Management Program
Creator: Ferris State University. History Task Force.
Title: History Task Force Oral History Project Records
Identification: UA 0.11.1
Date [inclusive]: 2003-2004
Extent: 0.25 Cubic feet
General Physical Description note: 1 hollinger box
Language of Materials: English
This collection contains recordings and transcripts of Ferris emeriti and supporters interviewed as part of the History Task Force oral history project.
Preferred Citation: Footnotes and bibliographic references should use the following format:
Folder, Box. History Task Force Oral History Project Records. Ferris State University Archives. Big Rapids, Michigan.
In 2003, the History Task Force decided to engage in an oral history project to capture the memories and stories of emeriti staff and Ferris alumni. Ferris State University history professor Gary Huey agreed to head the project. History students as part of their classwork were required to research an individual and record an oral history interview with them. The interviews were taped by students from the Television and Digital Media production program.
The project went on break in 2005, in part because of a lack of students to record the interviews. The project began again in 2007 with a new task force member, Geri Johnson, organizing the interviews. These interviews or round table discussions were recorded by University Advancement staff.
The oral history project was a sponsored project by the History Task Force as a way to record the memories of retired employees and supporters. Oral histories were created on a master tape and then converted to a digital format on a cd. Oral histories were later transcribed by library staffs.
The paper copy of the transcript and the recording are available with the transcript.
This collection is contained in a single series.
Ferris State University Archives and Records Management Program. 9-12-2009.
The History Task Force Oral History Project Records are open to all researchers in accordance with the University Archives and Records Management Program access policies. Copyright to the History Task Force Oral History Project Records is held held by Ferris State University. Any questions regarding copyright should be directed to the University Archivist.
This collection is open for research. There are no restrictions on duplication.
The recordings were turned over to the University Archives following the interview in 2004.
The History Task Force Oral History Project Records were processed to the folder level by Melinda McMartin Isler in September 2009. A finding aid was prepared in a word processing format and converted to EAD 2.0, utilizing the Archivist Toolkit. A collection level MARC-format record was prepared and placed in the library online public access catalog. Description was based on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2004).
The original master tape and the digital files for the transcripts are in the University Archives unprocessed collections.
This collection consists of transcripts on 8.5 x 11 inch paper. There are also digital recording on a cd in a .wav format. Master tapes are also available in the archives.
This collection is arranged chronologically by interview date.
Scope and Contents Note
Two interviews are on each dvd. They are in roughly chronological order. Each folder includes both the recording and a transcript.
Piggott, Walter. (Faculty)
Wink, Emma. (Athletics)
Fleming, John. (Faculty)
Nash, Gary. (Faculty; Vice President for Academic Affairs)