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John S. Wright papers


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Financial Ledger

History Class Notes

Zoology Class Notes

Zoology Class Notes

Receipts, Notes, Publications and Miscellaneous


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John S. Wright papers, 1884-1923 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

By Mary A. Sego

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Collection Overview

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Predominant Dates:1884-1892

Primary Creator: Wright, John S. (John Shepard) (1870-)

Extent: 0.5 Cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Chronological.

Date Acquired: 04/05/2008

Subjects: Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae, Purdue University--Students, Zoology

Forms of Material: Articles, Black-and-white photographs, Financial records, Notebooks, Personal papers

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Papers of John Wright, comprised of notebooks, financial records (one ledger and additional receipts), publications, and photographs which document John Wright's time as a student at Purdue University, and material from his career as a botanist and drug inspector for Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Biographical Note

John Shepard Wright was born October 17, 1870 to John Ellis and Elma Shepard Wright. Wright graduated from Purdue University in 1892 and received an honorary LL.D. in 1940. In 1942 Purdue recognized him as one of seventeen “golden graduates,” member of the class of 1892.

John S. Wright went to work for Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, Indiana, immediately after graduation, where he served as a botanist and drug inspector until 1904. He was then made advertising director. In 1910 Wright was allowed to purchase 50 shares of Eli Lilly stock, only the second non-family member allowed to do so. In 1927 John Wright became a member of the Board of Directors. He later became a consultant in advertising. John Wright published two volumes dealing with pharmacy. He was secretary of the Indiana Academy of Science for nine years and president for one year. At one time he lectured on medical botany at Indiana Medical College. He was affiliated with several social, literary, historical, and scientific societies. He became semi-retired from active service in 1943, but he remained on the board of directors of the Eli Lilly until April 1951. He was also on the board of directors of the Lilly Endowment.

The John S. Wright Forestry Center, located at 1007 North 725 West in West Lafayette, on the site of Martell Forest, approximately 7.5 miles west of the West Lafayette campus is named in honor of John Shepard Wright. In 1964 Wright provided the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources with a generous endowment for the promotion of forestry in Indiana. Mr. Wright was a botanist and a friend of many forestry leaders in Indiana, particularly Stanley Coulter, Purdue University Professor Daniel DenUyl, and Charles C. Deam, the first state forester of Indiana.

Subject/Index Terms

Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae
Purdue University--Students

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 mss box

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Source: Transferred from Butler University archives

Acquisition Method: Transfer from Butler University archives via Sally Childs-Helton, April 5, 2008.

Preferred Citation: MSA 27, John S. Wright papers, Purdue University Libraries Archives and Special Collections

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised 2/24/2010

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

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Folder:

[Folder 1: Financial Ledger, 1884-1889],
[Folder 2: History Class Notes, no date],
[Folder 3: Zoology Class Notes, 1889-1890],
[Folder 4: Zoology Class Notes, no date],
[Folder 5: Receipts, Notes, Publications and Miscellaneous, 1888-1923],
[Folder 6: Photographs, no dates],