Jam Handy Organization Records

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Jam Handy Organization, inc..
Jam Handy Organization records
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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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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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.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections June 2014

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

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

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University.


  • Videorecordings

Geographic Name(s)

  • East Lansing (Mich.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Bailey, Barbara Tanner
  • Hale, James W.
  • Hannah, John A., 1902-1991
  • Leontough, George
  • Smith, Alvie L.
  • Tipping, Jack

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Collection Inventory


Videotape: "Postmark: East Lansing" 1951-1952 

Videotape -- Postmark