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A Finding Aid for the History Task Force Oral History Project Records 1903-1953

Summary Information

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.

Biographical/Historical Note

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.

Scope and Contents Note

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.

Arrangement Note

This collection is contained in a single series.

Administrative Information

Publication Information:

Ferris State University Archives and Records Management Program. 9-12-2009.

Conditions Governing Access Note:

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.

Conditions Governing Use Note:

This collection is open for research. There are no restrictions on duplication.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

The recordings were turned over to the University Archives following the interview in 2004.

Processing Information Note

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).

Related Materials

Related Archival Materials Note

None specified.

Separated Materials Note

The original master tape and the digital files for the transcripts are in the University Archives unprocessed collections.

Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements Note

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.

Collection Inventory

Series 1. Oral Histories. 2003-2004

Arrangement Note

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.

Contents Box Folder

Piggott, Walter. (Faculty)
Richards, Jack. (Faculty) 2003

1 1

Wink, Emma. (Athletics)
Luecke, Walter. (Dining Services) 2004

1 2

Fleming, John. (Faculty)
Large, Bob. (University Advancement) 2004

1 3

Nash, Gary. (Faculty; Vice President for Academic Affairs)
Davenport, Dean. (Athletics) 2004

1 4