Series I. Dean's Office Papers, 1900-1920, include material both prior to and following Ferry's tenure as Dean. The papers, organized primarily alphabetically by subject, include correspondence, printed material and reports covering such issues as entrance requirements, curriculum, student discipline, commencement, etc. Included in the General Correspondence folder are letters regarding David Sneddon's 1913 committee to study college entrance requirements. Association of College Officers material contains letters, reports, etc. between administrators representing such institutions as Williams, Amherst, Dartmouth, Wesleyan, Yale and Harvard. These papers discuss curriculum changes, student probation, required courses, etc. Certificate Privilege correspondence contains letters, arranged alphabetically by school, regarding the automatic acceptance into Williams of graduates of select secondary schools. A list of all students mentioned by name in the correspondence, and who later attended Williams, may be found in Appendix A. Trustees material includes correspondence with Bliss Perry who was working on the Curriculum Committee.
Student, Faculty and Personal Papers, 1882-1940, are divided into papers regarding Ferry's youth and education, his role as a faculty member and professional, and personal papers. Youth and Education Papers include diaries kept while Ferry was in Saratoga Springs and upon his first entering Williams College, as well as course work from both New York and Williams. The latter is especially strong in essays and notes on topics such as classics, history, literature, biology and education. Also contained here are accounts, a Class poem and address, photographs and a scrapbook. Faculty and Professional Papers include correspondence, both general and regarding the American Mathematics Society, of whose Council Ferry was a member. Gradebooks, speeches regarding mathematics and other topics, and collected materials complete this sub-series. Personal Papers comprise primarily correspondence, journals, and collected materials. The correspondence documents Ferry's trip to Europe and Norway (1898-9), his involvement with the Class of 1891, and his continued ties with Williams after he left to assume the presidency of Hamilton College. The journals also record the trip to Norway, as well as a bicycle trip made through New England in 1895.