Melinda Isler, Archivist
1010 Campus Drive
Big Rapids MI 49307
Sabbatical Leave Records. 1967-ongoing. 7.5 cubic feet.
The Sabbatical Leave Records are a subset of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs Records. Each faculty member on sabbatical submits a report on the sabbatical activities which is maintained by the University.
Sayings of Woodbridge N. Ferris Records. 1983-2009. 0.5 cubic feet.
This collection contains printer proofs of various printings of the Sayings of Woodbridge Ferris between 1983-2009.
Social Sciences Department Records. 1956-1988. 1.5 cubic feet.
The Social Sciences department was created within the General Education Division in 1959. The records of the department include administrative files and curricula related materials. IT also contains records of activities sponsored by the department.
Starr Educational Center Cornerstone Collection. 1950-1962. 0.4 cubic feet.
This collection consists of the items placed into the Starr Educational Building cornerstone when the building was dedicated on January 7, 1962.
Statistical Information Booklet Records. 1963-1986. 0.3 cubic feet.
The Statistical Information Booklet includes annual statistics such as enrollment, admissions data, student credit production, degrees conferred, staff data, and basic revenues. The collection contains only the published booklet.
Student Government Records. 1947-2009. 3.0 cubic feet; electronic collection.
The student government was created in 1947 to provide an outlet for student input into campus life. The records consist of correspondence, legislation, minutes and reports.
Student Grade Cards. 1910-1952. 15.3 cubic feet.
This collection consists of student grade cards used by the office to confirm courses and programs. This collection is restricted and may only be used with the permission of the University Archivist.
Student Handbook Records. 1931; 1951-2017. 2.5 cubic feet.
Student handbooks provide information about organizations, rules and the culture of a campus. They also include a calender to assist students in scheduling time. This collection contains the annual student handbooks and any supporting documentation. It was produced in 1931, and then from 1951-2010.
Student Record Cards. 1903-1950. 4.4 cubic feet.
This collection consists of student registration cards used by the Business Office to record payment of tuition and fees. This collection is restricted and may only be used with the permission of the University Archivist.
Taylor, John- Papers. 1953-1981. 1.5 cubic feet.
John Taylor served as the first department head for the Social Sciences department from 1959-1977. He initiated many new programs. The papers contain his research files on aging, gerontology and social service programs. There are also some departmental records such as correspondence and reports.
Union Contract Records. 1972-2018. 1.5 cubic feet.
This collection consists of copies of final proposals/contracts for various unions on campus, as collected by the General Counsels office. The record group spans the dates 1972-2013 and does not always contain the current contract.
Useful Education. 1885-1895. 0.2 cubic feet.
The quarterly Useful Education acted as both a newsletter detailing programs at Ferris Institute and alumni information. It was also a bulletin the preceded the first official school catalog. The last known issue was July 1895. It was replaced by the FI Journal and the school catalog.
Ward, Merle S.- Papers. 1936-1946. 9.0 cubic feet.
Merle S. Ward (1892-1957) was president of Ferris Institute from 1936-1946. During his term, Ferris' pharmacy college became accredited and the school greatly expanded its teacher-training program. Ferris Institute, a private corporation, remained underfunded and the student enrollment fell sharply again during World War II. Ward left in 1946 after differences with the Board of Incorporators to take a position in North Dakota. The records consist of subject files, lecture/convocation files and personnel records.
What School? 1905-1924. 0.2 cubic feet.
The sporadic publication What School? provided information about the Ferris Institute synthesized from both the catalog and the yearbooks. It served to advertise the programs and activities for potential students. The last known issue was in 1924. It was replaced by the School Bulletin.
White, Wells D.- Papers. 1930-1931. 0.2 cubic feet.
Wells White was the president of Ferris Institute for the 1930-1931 school year. This collection contains brief biographical information about Wells D. White and two folders of correspondence relating to his hire and student relations. It covers the period 1930-1931.
Wright, Lillian- Historical Newsclippings Collection. 1889-1979. 0.8 cubic feet.