Frederick L. Hovde papers, 1908-1983 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Elliott, Edward C. (Edward Charles), 1874-1960
General Electric Company
Gilbreth, Lillian Moller, 1878-1972
Hovde, Frederick L., 1908-1983
National Football Hall of Fame
Potter, A. A. (Andrey Abraham), 1882-1979
Purdue Aeronautical Corporation
Rocket ordinance research
U.S. Department of the Air Force
United States. Dept. of the Navy
The Frederick L. Hovde Papers (1908-1983; 63.5 Cubic ft.) document the life and career of engineer and educator Frederick Hovde.
The vast majority of the papers document Hovde's business career, particularly his tenure as President of Purdue University (1946-1971), but also his work for the U.S. government and other agencies on nuclear and atomic energy, weapons research, national defense, and rocket ordnance research. A group of personal papers is included, documenting Hovde's academic career, family, and personal life. A significant collection of Hovde's mementoes and personal belongings, such as souvenirs from trips, medals and awards, academic regalia, and sports uniforms are included in the artifacts series.
The correspondence includes letters between Hovde and other important individuals, such as Richard Nixon, Herbert Hoover, Lyndon B. Johnson, Albert Einstein, J. Edgar Hoover, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Other significant correspondence includes letters regarding astronauts Virgil Grissom and Roger Chaffee, Purdue alumni killed during an Apollo space training mission. Hovde's correspondence with astronaut Eugene Cernan is also included.
Series 1: Business Career, 1918-1983
Series 2: Personal and Family Life, 1908-1983
Series 3: Photographic Materials, 1925-1983
Series 4: Audio-Visual Materials, ca. 1950s-1978
Series 5: Artifacts, ca. 1922-1982
Series 6: Oversized Materials, 1921-1982