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Jam Handy Organization records

Identifier: c-00666

Scope and Content

The collection consists of a digitized film (VHS format) of "Postmark: East Lansing", a 1952 production outlining the on-campus educational facilities of Michigan State University. The film was produced by the Jam Handy Organization of Detroit, Michigan, with camera operator George Leontough, assistant Jack Tipping, MSU college news editor Alvie L. Smith serving as coordinator, and starring students Barbara Tanner Bailey '49 and James W. Hale '51. The film begins with an introduction from MSU President John A. Hannah, and continues with voice-over narration describing a written letter from an MSU student to his brother.


  • Creation: 1951 - 1952


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Historical Note

The Jam Handy Organization specialized in film and cartoon production in Detroit, Michigan and focused on auto industry promotions and training videos. The company produced the famous "See the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet" commercial. The founder was Henry Jamison "Jam" Handy, who was born in 1886 and was an Olympic swimmer.


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Legal Status

Copyright: Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Property Rights: Michigan State University


Jam Handy Organization Records
4 Published And Cataloged
E. Busch
June 2014
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US