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John "Jake" Ferris collection

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Identifier: UA-17.474

Content Description

The collections contains the volume Jake's Journey: Memoirs of John N. Ferris of Milton, Indiana by John N. (Jake) Ferris, 2021 and the volume Genealogy of the Ferris Family of Milton, Indiana (Following the Male Line from Samuel in England and His Son, Zachariah, the American Immigrant)by John N. (Jake) Ferris, 2021.

Also included is a video of digitized film with additional graphics and images and voice over. The video shows the activities surrounding MSU's centennial in 1955 as documented in film shot by Ferris. The video shows the opening ceremonies and activities of the Centennial of Farm Mechanization exposition. There is also footage of the historical pageant held as part of the expo.

In addition, the video can also be viewed here


  • Creation: 2021


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for access.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this collection must be be obtained from Michigan State University and/or John N. Ferris for the film, and John N. Ferris for the volumes.

Biographical Note

John N. "Jake" Ferris grew up on farm and received his B.S. in agriculture from Purdue University in 1951. He received his M.S. in agriculture economics in 1952 from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in agricuture economics in 1960 from Michigan State University. He was a faculty member in agriculture economics at MSU from 1957-1997.

(Source: Jake Ferris Vita 2014


1.76 Gigabytes

0.25 Cubic Feet (2 volumes)

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Legal Status

Copyright held by John N. Ferris. Property Rights: Michigan State University

John "Jake" Ferris collection
4 Published And Cataloged
November 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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