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A Finding Aid for the Michigan Highlights Publication 1975-1985

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Michigan Highlights Publication

Creator: Michigan Medical Records Association

Dates: 1975-1981

Abstract: The Michigan Highlights served as the quarterly journal of the Michigan Medical Records Association. It included: a presidents message, organizational information and reports from chapters. This collection contains a incomplete run of the publication.

Language: English

Quantity: 0.2 cubic feet; 1 Hollinger box

Identification: MSS-12

Repository: Ferris State University Archives and Records Management Program

Historical Note

The Michigan Medical Records Association was a chapter of the greater American Medical Records Association, which was founded in 1928 by the American College of Surgeons. The goal of the organization was to improve the quality of medical records and to train medical records experts. With the name change to the American Medical Records Association in 1970, there was a shift from hospitals to community centers where records were also kept.

The Michigan Medical Records Association (a chapter of the AMRA) began its bound journal in 1955 and continued at least until 1981. Information within the unpaginated journal included: candidate information, officer and committee memberships, member activities, articles on topics of current interest, and convention information. It is unclear when the journal ceased publication.

In 1991, the American Medical Records Association was renamed the American Health Information Management Association. A chapter of the Michigan Health Information Management Association is still active today. More information about this organization can be found at:

Scope and Content Note

The Michigan Highlights: Journal of the Michigan Medical Records Association was a typical association newsletter. It contains reports on association activities including board decisions and the annual meeting. Articles are also submitted by members on topics of interest and job information can be found.

This journal is an incomplete run of the Michigan Medical Records Association. It only contains the final journal, not the submissions.


The papers are divided into a single series.

Access Information

Conditions of Access

The Michigan Highlights Publication Records are open for research to all users in accordance with University Archives and Records Management access policies. It is available in the reading room of the Ferris State University Archives.

Conditions of Use

Requests for permission to publish material should be directed to the University Archivist. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Copyright interests for this collection have not been transferred to Ferris State University. For more information, contact the University Archivist.

Subject Headings

Below are a list of names, organizations and subjects relating to the collection. Names have been taken from Library of Congress Authority headings whenever possible.

Related Materials

None specified.

Administrative Information


Footnotes and bibliographic references should use the following format:
[Item], Folder, Box. Michigan Highlights Publication. Ferris State University Archives. Big Rapids, Michigan.

Provenance (Acquisition Information)

These records were transferred to the archives at some point prior to September 2002 by an unknown donor. They were discovered in collections survey of the archives in 2002.

Processing Information

The Michigan Highlights were processed to the folder level by Melinda McMartin in November 2006. A finding aid was prepared in a word processing format and converted to EAD 2.0. 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).

Separated Materials

Duplicate materials in the collection including correspondence and meeting minutes have been removed. This reduced the size of the collection from five records center boxes to three boxes.

Technical Requirements

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

Content Listing

Series 1. Issues. 1975-1985.

This series consists of approximately 0.2 cubic feet of records. The journal contains information about the Michigan Medical Records Association organization and its activities. It only contains final journals.

They are organized into a single series. These records are arranged chronologically.

Box Folder Contents
1 1 Michigan Highlights. August 1975.
1 2 Michigan Highlights. November 1975.
1 3 Michigan Highlights. February 1976.
1 4 Michigan Highlights. July 1976.
1 5 Michigan Highlights. March 1979.
1 6 Michigan Highlights. May 1979.
1 7 Michigan Highlights. August 1979.
1 8 Michigan Highlights. January 1980.
1 9 Michigan Highlights. October 1980.
1 10 Michigan Highlights. December 1981.
1 11 Michigan Highlights. August/September 1985.