James R. Eaton photo album, 1920-1925 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
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Scope and Contents: The James R. Eaton photo album (1920-1925, 0.1 cubic feet) was created by Eaton while he was an undergraduate electrical engineering student at Purdue University. Although Eaton took and preserved the pictures, there are some notations and captions present that were contributed at a later date by Eaton’s widow Ruth Eaton Lefler. The photos document buildings on the University campus, greater West Lafayette, football games, May Day and other student activities, as well as an early running of the Indianapolis 500. There are also a series of pictures of unidentified young men who are presumably Eaton’s friends. Eaton himself is pictured at the end of this series, just before pictures of a football game. Eaton arranged the photos into relatively well-defined topical sections: Purdue campus and buildings, greater West Lafayette, student life and activities. This collection might be useful for researchers interested in Purdue campus in the early 1920s, student extracurricular activities of the same era, Purdue football, the landscape of West Lafayette, or the Indianapolis 500. Although the captions and notes were added at a later date, they do seem to be fairly accurate and might at least provide a starting point for potential researchers.