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A Finding Aid for the Music Program Records. 1911-2012

Summary Information

Repository: Ferris State University Archives and Records Management Program

Title: Music Program Records

Identification: UA 24.12.1

Date: 1911-2012

Extent: 3.0 Cubic feet

General Physical Description Note: Two records center boxes and twelve scrapbooks.

Language: English

Abstract: The Music Program at Ferris State University began in 1884. Events include annual concerts, summer community band performances, and guest performances. Records include programs from these events and documents pertaining to the music program, such as: member information, student organizations, new announcements and publications, correspondence, program pamphlets, and student handbooks. The records span from 1941 to 2009.

Biographical/Historical Note

The music program began at Ferris Institute in 1884. Early music classes at Ferris were used for the training of elementary school teachers. In 1907 Louis D. Gerin was hired as the first music director. Through Gerin a band was formed, along with an orchestra. Lessons also became available for the violin, clarinet, cornet, and other instruments.

After Gerin, the next music director was Harry H. Nigro.

Scope and Contents Note

The music program began in 1884 at Ferris Institute with Woodbridge Ferris and his wife teaching all of the music. The music program was not a formal program and mainly involved singing. However, the first mentions of musical events held at Ferris are found beginning in the 1922 yearbooks. Such early events included: recitals and small group programs.

The music program evolved quickly, forming Ferris' first marching band in 1929. Similarly, student involvement in the music program also increased. By 1955 the music program had a marching band, concert band, Crimson and Gold Chorus, men's glee club, and two music courses.

Information regarding early event programs are available in the subject and event files of the collection. Promotional information regarding the music program at Ferris, as well as summer music camps, honors band clinics, and handbooks are available in the general files of the collection.

Student organizations and information relating to their members, meetings, events, and journals are available in the organization files of the collection.

Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged into three series: Administrative/Subject Files, Events and Programs and Scrapbooks.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Ferris State University Archives and Records Management Program.

Conditions Governing Access Note

The Music Collection Documents are open to all researchers in accordance with the University Archives and Records Management Program access policies. Copyright to the Music Collection Documents is not held by Ferris State University. Copyright to materials found in the collection not authored by Ferris are held by the individual and his/her heirs. 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 reproduction.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

These records were donated to the University Archives by Dacho Dachoff and staff at the Music Center prior to 2012.

Processing Information Note

The Music Collection Papers were processed to the folder level by Jennifer Herron in March 2010. A finding aid was prepared in a word processing format and converted to EAD 2.0, utilizing the Archivists 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).

Preferred Citation Note

Footnotes and bibliographic references should use the following format:

[Item], Folder, Box. Music Collection Documents. Ferris State University Archives. Big Rapids, Michigan.

Related Materials

Related Archival Materials Note

None specified.

Separated Materials Note

None specified.

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)


Personal Name(s)


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements Note

This collection consists of paper based materials. No specialized software or hardware is required for viewing.

Collection Inventory

Series 1. Administrative/Subject Records. 1959-1992.

Arrangement Note

This series is arranged alphabetically by group and within each group, files are arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents Note

This series consists of approximately 1.0 cubic feet of records. In this series are event programs separated by group. (ex. Choir, Concert Band)

Contents Box Folder

100th anniversary of Music at Ferris. Documents; programs; remarks. 2009

1 1

Band. Alumni Association. Agenda and minutes. 1972-1976

1 2

Band. Alumni Association. Constitution. 1973

1 3

Band. Alumni. Correspondence. Undated; 1972-1976

1 4

Band. Alumni. Gifts to College. 1973-1976

1 5

Band. Alumni member lists. 1973-1975

1 6

Band. Alumni newsletter. 1976

1 7

Band. Bulldog Marching Band Rookie Guide. 1988

1 8

Band. Concert band personnel. 1966;1973

1 9

Band. Event Itineraries; drill sheets. Undated; 1973-1974

1 10

Correspondence. undated; 1971-1992

1 11

Dachoff, Dacho. Mini Study to Determine to what extent specially prepared independent music appreciation listening tapes will affect change in students perception of a selective objectives on unit on melody. 1969

1 12

Ferris Bulldogs fight song. Undated

1 13

Financial records. 1941;1972-1976

1 14

Honors Band Clinic. 1959-1973

1 15

Kappa Kappa Psi. Agenda and minutes. 1989-1990

1 16

Kappa Kappa Psi. Chapter reports. 1987-1989

1 17

Kappa Kappa Psi. Correspondence. 1979-1989

1 18

Kappa Kappa Psi. Kadenza. 1983-1988

1 19

Kappa Kappa Psi. Publications. Undated

1 20

Lockwood, Richard. Choral Journal article. 1964

1 21

Music activities calender. 1959-1964

1 22

Music Educators national conference. 1971

1 23

Music Industry Management. Undated; 1996

1 24

Music pamphlet handbook. Undated-1983

1 25

Music score. Undated.

1 26

News announcements; publications. 1952-1966

1 27

Parents Day. 1973-1988

1 28

Photos. Fall icebreaker. 1986

1 29

Photos. Marching band. Undated.

1 30

Photos. Miscellaneous. Undated.

1 30

Photos. Negatives. Undated.

1 31

Purposes of Music Education. Draft. 1973

1 32

Receipts. 1979-1980

1 33

Root, William. Report on the Youth Symphony Band. 1970

1 34

Sport schedules. 1974-1976

1 35

Summer music camp. 1969-1978

1 36

Series 2. Event/Program Records. 1911-2009.

Arrangement Note

This series is arranged alphabetically by event type and within each event, files are arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents Note

This series consists of approximately 0.5 cubic feet of records. In this series are music programs separated by event type. (ex. Holiday Concert, Spring Concert)

Contents Box Folder

Articles. Undated.

1 37b

Band-o-rama. 1969-1982

1 37

Centennial Music Week. 2008

1 38

Choir/Chorus. 1951-2009

1 39

Community Band. 1966-2008

1 40

Concert Band. 1954-2001

1 41

Concert Band. 2002-2005

2 1

Concert Band. 2006-2009; 2018.

2 2

Easter Assembly. 1958

2 3

Festival of the Arts. 2008.

2 2b

FSU Live 2000. 2000

2 4

Glee Club. 1957-1977

2 5

Greek Sing. undated

2 6

Guest Performers. 1947-2009

2 7

High School Events. 1956-1993

2 8

Holiday Concerts. 1952-2008; 2017.

2 9

Jazz Band. 1975-2009

2 10

Mid-Winter Concert. 1951-1967

2 11

Pops Concert. 1965-1982

2 12

Production packets. 2013-2015.

2 12b

Recital programs. 1911-1915

2 13

Spring Concert. 1950-1976

1 14

Thanksgiving Assembly. 1956-1959

2 15

Visiting artists. 1975-1988.

2 16

Youth Symphony. 1969-1976

2 17

Series 3. Program Scrapbooks. 1969-1988.

Arrangement Note

This series is arranged chronologically by beginning year.

Scope and Contents Note

This series contains scrapbooks of photos and a mixture of newspaper clippings, drawings, letters and FSU band information. They were created by the program.