Purdue University Customs and Traditions collection, 1877-1997 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae
Purdue University--Students--Social life and customs--20th century
Purdue University. Boilermaker Special
Purdue University. Cannon Trophy
Purdue University. Old Oaken Bucket
Student activities--United States
The Purdue University Customs and Traditions collection (1877-1997; 1.60 cubic feet) features, among other memorabilia, a tank scrap chain and padlock from 1913, a label from the first bottle of beer served to a Purdue student after the repeal of prohibition, numerous buttons and pins, including a hatpin with the Purdue seal from 1895 on it (third design), a Reamer’s Club “R” from the early 1990s, a Purdue Murad cigarette silk and a 1902-1903 matriculation ticket signed by Purdue President Winthrop E. Stone.
Some of the pertinent historical information in the collection includes a description of the tank scrap tradition and an information card on the Heavilon Hall clock. Some of the booklets and brochures include; “Purdue University: this booklet contains answers to some questions you may have asked about,” by T.R. Johnston and J.C. Baker, drawings and etchings by Mrs. Betty Lark-Horovitz and Fredrick Polley, 1931. “Purdue’s Tradition: Scholastic Honesty” and “Honesty,” both written by Purdue President Edward C. Elliott in the early 1940s. “The Story of Purdue’s Traditions,” written by Mary Bowlby and Mary Gannon in 1944. Correspondence includes an account written by 1935 alum, Andrew K. Kolar, describing the circumstances behind the post-prohibition beer bottle label he donated.
Numerous programs from the early 1900s-1940s for Purdue events are included. There are programs/dance cards from the 1941 and 1943 Women’s Residence Halls Spring Formal and the 1941 and 1942 Military Ball, donated by Gloria Francke. She also donated a newsletter, The Promenader, 1939 - Special Edition and 1940 and program from the 1942 Junior Promenade. Another newsletter, The Clarion: the voice of Cary Club, 1947-1948 is found in the collection. Lastly, an undated editorial, “Fair Play,” which concerns the freshmen/senior mustache tradition rounds out the collection.
The last series contains historical information and correspondence in regards to three key Purdue athletic traditions; the Old Oaken Bucket, the “Cannon” trophy and the Boilermaker Special.
Types of materials include: artifacts, booklets, buttons, clippings, correspondence, and an editorial on the freshmen/senior mustache tradition, a hatpin with the 1895 Purdue seal on it, invitations, memorabilia, post-prohibition beer label, and residence hall newsletters.
The collection is organized into 4 series:
Series 1: Memorabilia, 1895-1933
Series 2: Historical Information, 1903-1997
Series 3: Programs, Invitations, Newsletters and Calendar, 1877-1951
Series 4: Athletics, 1920s-1959