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Miller J. Tonkel Papers


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Photographs, Certificates and Artifacts

Photograph album

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Miller J. Tonkel Papers, 1940-1997 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

By Shauna Borger

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Collection Overview

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Predominant Dates:1940-1942

Primary Creator: Tonkel, Miller J. (1919-2003)

Extent: 0.75 Cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection includes one folder of photographs, one folder of papers, one folder of artifacts and one separate box of artifacts. Materials in the series are arranged chronologically whenever possible by type of material.

Subjects: Purdue Boilermakers (Football team), Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae, Purdue University. School of Civil Engineering

Forms of Material: Black-and-white photographs, Certificates, Letters (correspondence), Photograph albums, Slide rules

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Miller J. Tonkel papers (1940-1997, 0.75 cubic feet) document Miller Tonkel's time at Purdue University as a student in Civil Engineering.  Photographic materials show Purdue University football games and unidentified buildings.  Papers include certificates from Purdue Alumni Association. Artifacts in the collection include a slide rule and a photograph album.

Biographical Note

Miller J. Tonkel was born August 14, 1919 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He attended Purdue University from 1940 to 1942 and received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.  In 1943 he was commissioned into the Corps of Coast and Geodetic Survey.  Tonkel's postgraduate education included special oceanographic studies at the University of Washington, graduation from the Armed Forces Staff College and the Federal Executive Institute at Charlottesville, Virginia, and participation in the Brookings Institutions' Advanced Study Program Conference for Federal Science Executives.  In the United States military, Captain Tonkel served with hydrographic and oceanographic operations in waters off the North American continent and in the North Pacific, including the first systematized oceanographic survey of the north central Pacific and underwater atomic tests in the Pacific. Tonkel also held commands in the Gulf of Mexico, Pacific, and Alaskan areas. During World War II, Tonkel served as Regimental Survey Officer with the 11th Marine Artillery, 1st Marine Division in Okinawa, Tientsin, China, and Guam from 1945 to 1947. He received the Bronze Star at this time. Other awards received by Tonkel include the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal, the Society of American Military Engineers KARO Award, WWII medals for Marine Corps Service and the Victory Medal.  Tonkel retired from the military on February 27, 1977 after more than 34 years of service in the United States military.  Miller J. Tonkel died on July 16, 2003 in Anderson, South Carolina.

Subject/Index Terms

Purdue Boilermakers (Football team)
Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae
Purdue University. School of Civil Engineering

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Alternate Extent Statement: 0.75 cubic feet (2 boxes)

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Purdue University

Preferred Citation: MSA 15, Miller J. Tonkel papers, Purdue University Archives & Special Collections

Processing Information: Whenever possible, original order of the materials has been retained.  All materials have been housed in acid-free photographic sleeves, acid-free folders, and acid-free boxes.  Artifacts have been housed in a separate acid-free box for preservation purposes.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised last 12/18/2009 by EMW

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1: Photographs, Certificates and Artifacts, 1941-1997],
[Box 2: Photograph album, 1940-1942],