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Purdue University Convocations records



Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Administrative Records

Performers and Performances

Promotional Materials


Chairman of the University Convocation Committee Scrapbooks

Program Scrapbooks

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Purdue University Convocations records, 1876-2012 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

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Collection Overview

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Predominant Dates:1903-2012

Primary Creator: Purdue University Convocations (1876-)

Extent: 29.55 Cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The Records are organized into six series: Administrative Records, 1948-1970; Performers and Performances, 1903-1979; Promotional Materials, 1892-2012; Scrapbooks, 1965-1979, 1981-2000; Chairman of the University Convocation Committee Scrapbooks, 1923-1955; and Program Scrapbooks, 1876-circa 1918.  The series are arranged, for the most part, chronologically by material type.  Some of the performer files in Series 6 are organized alphabetically.

Date Acquired: 02/08/2012

Forms of Material: Black-and-white photographs, Clippings (Information artifacts), Correspondence, Financial records, Minutes (Records), Newsletters, Press releases, Programs, Scrapbooks

Languages: English


Correspondence, contracts, financial statements, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, photographs, press releases, programs, season schedules, and other materials and records relating to the lectures and performances offered by Purdue Convocations from its Lecture and Concert Course beginnings to the present day.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Purdue University Convocations Records (1892-2012, predominant 1903-2012; 28.75 cubic feet) documents the pre-history and history of Purdue Convocations.  This collection offers researchers an excellent glimpse into the wide-variety of performances offered and showcased courtesy of Purdue Convocations.  Types of materials include: budgets and other financial statements, committee meeting minutes, performance schedules, performer contracts, photographs, programs, etc.

Biographical Note

Purdue Convocations began in 1902 with the “Lecture Concert and Course” and today offers a wide-variety of performers in the genres of ballet and dance, Broadway-style shows, cinema, comedy, popular and classical music, and stage theatre.  A number of performers have made multiple appearances at Purdue University, courtesy of Purdue Convocations, including Bill Cosby, the Oak Ridge Boys, the Beach Boys, Amy Grant, Chicago, Alan Jackson, STOMP, and the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra.  The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performed on over forty-five occasions between 1932 and 2002.  During its rich history, Purdue Convocations has also offered students, faculty, and local residents an opportunity to see a number of overseas performers, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chinese Acrobats of Taiwan, Danzas Venezuela, the Hungarian Quartet, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Ballet of Canada, the National Chinese Opera Theatre, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stars of Soviet and Eastern European Ballet, and the Warsaw Philharmonic.  Notable lecturers have included Dean Acheson, George Ade, Clement Attlee, Jimmy Carter, Barry Goldwater, John F. Kennedy, and Alex Haley.  Purdue Convocations continues to provide the university and local community with quality entertainment presented in a wide-variety of genres.

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Alternate Extent Statement: 10 c.f. boxes, 37 mss. boxes, 10 loose scrapbooks

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Purdue University

Physical Access Note: The scrapbooks comprising Series 5 and Series 6 are very fragile and need to be handled with care.  Loose materials from the scrapbooks have been removed and placed in acid-free folders, which accompany their respective scrapbooks in flat boxes.

Acquisition Source: Purdue University Convocations

Acquisition Method: Records transfer

Preferred Citation: UA 42, Purdue University Convocations Records, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

Finding Aid Revision History:

Collection identifier updated from UA 12.05.06 to UA 42 as of Novermber 1, 2016.

Added series 3, folder one; previously unprocessed as of May 30, 2017.

Other URL: http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/fa/pdf/ua00042_Purdue_Convocations.pdf

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Administrative Records, 1948-1970],
[Series 2: Performers and Performances, 1903-1979],
[Series 3: Promotional Materials, 1892-2012],
[Series 4: Scrapbooks, 1965-1979, 1981-2000],
[Series 5: Chairman of the University Convocation Committee Scrapbooks, 1923-1955],
[Series 6: Program Scrapbooks, 1876-circa 1918],