The Richard Owen papers (1866-1878; 0.5 cubic feet) document the life and career of Richard Owen, his correspondence, and his administrative recommendations to the Purdue University Trustees. They include materials from Owen’s time at Indiana University and Owen’s tenure as President of Purdue. They also show Owen’s various professions as geologist, professor, and administrator. Types of materials include: books, reports, and letters. The series is organized into two form series:
1. Books, 1873-1878 (0.1 cubic feet).
This series includes Owen’s diary, which records his daily affairs from 1873-1878. Events and topics recorded include faculty meetings, payments, travel, and correspondence. Materials in the series are arranged chronologically.
2. Papers, 1866-1873 (0.4 cubic feet)
This series documents correspondence and administrative recommendations of Richard Owen. A letter documents communication between Richard Owen and Dr. Blackwell of the Literary Society of Bedford. The letter, written during Owen’s tenure at Indiana University, documents Owen’s geological studies and confirms his intention to meet with Blackwell on May 25, 1866. The series also includes a photocopy of the first Presidential report to the Purdue University Trustees, where Owen provides recommendations regarding faculty and staff, the plan of education, and general administrative affairs.