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Miller J. Tonkel papers

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Abstract

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

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Photographs, certificates, and other papers

Photograph album and slide rule

Oversized class photograph from Ross Camp



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Miller J. Tonkel papers, 1939-1997 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

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Collection Overview

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Predominant Dates:1939-1942

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

Extent: 0.75 Cubic feet. More info below.

Date Acquired: 05/12/2006. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Purdue Boilermakers (Football team), Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae, Purdue University--Students--Social life and customs--20th century, Purdue University. School of Civil Engineering

Forms of Material: Black-and-white photographs, Certificates, Photograph albums, Slide rules

Languages: English

Abstract

Photographs, certificates, and artifacts documenting Miller J. Tonkel’s time at Purdue University in the early 1940s.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Miller J. Tonkel papers (1939-1997, 0.75 cubic feet) document Miller Tonkel's time at Purdue University as a student in Civil Engineering.  Negatives and photographs show Purdue University football games and area buildings and landmarks.  Papers include certificates from the Purdue Alumni Association celebrating Tonkel's graduation anniversaries, as well as a leather-bound commencement program from 1942. Artifacts in the collection include a slide rule and a photograph album, the latter of which documents campus events and student life, area scenery, and Tonkel's friends and family circa 1940.

Collection Historical Note

Miller J. Tonkel was born August 14, 1919 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He attended Purdue University from 1938 to 1942. While at Purdue, he was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Tonkel graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Tonkel was commissioned into the Coast and Geodetic Survey Corps in 1943.  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. Awards for his service included the Bronze Star, the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal, the Society of American Military Engineers KARO Award, and the Victory Medal.  Tonkel retired from the military on February 27, 1977 after more than 34 years of service.  Miller J. Tonkel died on July 16, 2003 in Anderson, South Carolina.

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--Students--Social life and customs--20th century
Purdue University. School of Civil Engineering

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Accruals: Additional accessions to the papers (20110527; 20150821) processed on February 3, 2017.

Alternate Extent Statement: 0.75 cubic feet (2 boxes) and 1 oversized photograph

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Purdue University

Acquisition Source: Laura Romesburg

Related Materials:

Collection on the Ross Civil Engineering Camp, 1920s-1950s

Purdue University Slide Rules collection, 1889-1962

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 2/8/2017 by Trevor Burrows

Other URL: http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/fa/pdf/MSA15_Tonkel.pdf


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