Ferris State University Archives and Records Management Program
410 Oak Street
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Michigan College of Optometry Student Auxiliary Records
Identification: UA 33.50.1
Extent: 0.40 cubic feet; 1 Hollinger box (oversized)
Abstract: The MCO Auxiliary was a student chapter of the Auxiliary of the American Optometric Association. Their mission was to provide assistance, guidance and support to Michigan optometrists. The records in the collection consist of scrapbooks and photos.
Footnotes and bibliographic references should use the following format:
[Item], Folder, Box. Michigan College of Optometry Student Auxiliary Records. Ferris State University Archives. Big Rapids, Michigan.
The Student Auxiliary served as the student chapter to the Auxiliary of the Michigan Optometric Association. The organizations objectives were to: 1) provide educational information about optometry and general interest topics to members and the community, 2) to promote the optometry profession to the public by providing support services and 3) to offer a social outlet to members and the optometry student community.
Membership in the group consisted of wives of optometry students and a few of the female optometry students. Original advisors to the group included Alice Bennett, wife to Dean Jack Bennett. A typical program year for education might include some lectures by the faculty on optometry subjects or visits to the types of labs and offices that their husbands may be working in. Service projects included Save Your Vision Week and public relations materials provided to the local schools using such characters as "Seymour Safely".
Scope and Contents Note
This collection consists of a chronological series of scrapbooks. This organization was built around service to the profession and aimed at the wives of optometry students within the program. The scrapbooks chronological of activities including, newsclippings about meetings and activities, officer lists, photographs and programs.
This collection is organized into a single series of scrapbooks.
Ferris State University Archives and Records Management Program. May 2009.
Conditions Governing Access:
The Michigan College of Optometry Student Auxiliary Records are open to all researchers in accordance with the University Archives and Records Management access policies. Copyrights to the Michigan College of Optometry Student Auxiliary Records have not been transferred to Ferris State University. All copyrights to non-Ferris materials found in the collection are held by the individual author or his/her heirs. Any questions concerning rights should be directed to the University Archivist.
Conditions Governing Use:
Because of the fragile nature of the scrapbooks, duplication may not be possible. Please contact the University Archivist for further details.
These records were donated by Walter Betts, faculty member in the Michigan College of Optometry, in November 2005 following the 30th anniversary celebration.
The Michigan College of Optometry Student Auxiliary Records were processed to the scrapbook box level by Kelly Jezierski in April 2009. A finding aid was prepared in a word processing format. The finding aid was also entered into the Archivist Toolkit and an EAD 2.0 file generated. 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)
Auxiliary of the Michigan Optometric Association Records (MSS-13)
Controlled Access Headings
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note
This collection consists of handmade scrapbooks and materials prior to 2003. There is no specialized software required for viewing.
Series 1. Scrapbooks. 1977-1984.
The scrapbooks are arranged chronologically.
Scope and Contents Note
Scrapbooks contain a variety of materials including correspondence, programs and photos.
Ferris State College of Optometry Student Auxiliary scrapbook. 1977-1978.
Ferris State College of Optometry Student Auxiliary scrapbook. 1982-1983.