James William Ochs Collection

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Photographer
Ochs, James William
James William Ochs collection
circa 1948
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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Biographical Note

James William Ochs was born to Mildred and Harley Ochs on June 1, 1922 in Charlevoix, Michigan. Ochs attended Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) from 1941-1942 and then was drafted into the U. S. Army when the United States formally entered World War II. After basic training, he was sent to photography school in New York City, and then the Army Special Training Program at Princeton University. He became part of the 26th Infantry Division which were some of the first U.S. soldiers to go to France at Utah Beach. Following the war, he returned to MSC from 1946 to 1948 and earned a degree in Business Management. He married Marion Griffin in 1950, and the two were together until her death in 2004. He was employed by the Ford Motor Company for 27 years until his retirement in 1980. James died on December 25, 2015 in Holland, Michigan. (Source: James Ochs obituary in The Holland Sentinel)

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Scope and Content

The James William Ochs collection contains six folders of photographs taken by James during his time at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University). The photos show student activities including sports. The sports photos include basketball, both intercollegiate and intramural, football, and boxing. Of particular interest are the photos of the annual Class Rivalry between freshmen and sophomores at the college showing the tug of war and defending the flag. Also included in the collection are photos of entertainers, particularly musicians and singers. Finally, there are groups of people gathered indoors and outdoors, many of them posing for the camera, as well as women participating in an egg toss.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections May 2016

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 College. Sports.
  • Michigan State College. Students.
  • Michigan State Spartans (Basketball team).
  • Michigan State Spartans (Football team).
  • Michigan State University. Class of 1948.


  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Faltinowski, Jon H.


  • Boxing -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • College sports -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • College students -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • Student activities -- Michigan -- East Lansing

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Collection Inventory


Drawer Folder

Basketball. Intercollegiate and Intramural 

F.D. 1


F.D. 2

Class Rivalry 

F.D. 3


F.D. 4

People. Entertainment 

F.D. 5

People. Groups 

F.D. 6