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Primary Creator: Winthrop Ellsworth Stone (1862-1921)

Extent: 20.75 Cubic feet. More info below.


The Papers are organized into two series: Presidential Materials and Personal Materials.

1.  Presidential materials, 1880s-1920s (6.25 cubic feet). 

This Series documents the administration of the fifth Purdue University President, Winthrop E. Stone.  It includes various speeches Stone gave on campus and at other venues, as well as official correspondence for the Office of the President.  It also documents financial transactions of the administration.  It features a variety of material related to the 1913 train wreck, which occurred during Stone’s administration.  Finally, it illustrates Stone’s academic research and publishing during his administration. Major subseries include:

Addresses, 1901-1921

Correspondence, 1899-1920s

Publications, 1900s-1920s

Financial Materials, 1880s-1920s

Scrapbooks and newsclippings, 1901-1920s

Trainwreck materials, 1903

Photographs and pictorial materials, 1904-1920s     

Materials in the series are arranged by form.

2.  Personal and professional materials, 1870s-1920s (14.25 cubic feet)

This Series documents the personal life of Winthrop E. Stone and his family.  It includes photographs of various family members and colleagues, including images and maps of mountains, mountaineering, and natural settings Stone visited.  It also records Stone’s correspondence with family and with professional colleagues.  It features Stone’s daily journals, which document the years 1880-1921, with a gap between 1900-1909. Additionally, it also details Stone’s academic research and publishing.  Finally, it records Stone’s death and memorial after his fatal fall while mountain climbing.



Academic research and publications, 1880s-1900s

Addresses, 1892-1898


Diaries and Journals, 1880s-1921

Death and memorial materials,1920s

Artifacts, 1900s

Miscellaneous, 1889-1920s

Oversized materials, 1913-1921

Materials in the series are arranged by form.

Date Acquired: 05/24/1984. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: College presidents--Indiana, Purdue Boilermakers (Football team)--History, Purdue University--History, Purdue University--Presidents, Railroad accidents--Indiana--Indianapolis

Forms of Material: Black-and-white photographs, Scrapbooks

Languages: English, German


Papers, photographs, notebooks, and other miscellaneous materials documenting the life, academic career, and Purdue University Presidential Administration of Winthrop E. Stone.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Winthrop E. Stone papers (1880s-1990s; 20.75 cubic feet) documents the life of Winthrop E. Stone, his family, and his administration as the fifth president of Purdue University.  They feature Stone’s academic career as a chemist and agriculturalist as well as his various policies and endeavors while President at Purdue.  They also document his interest in mountaineering.  Extensive records of communication and reporting on Stone’s accidental death while mount climbing is also included. Types of materials include: correspondence, diaries, personal journals, negatives, speeches, scrapbooks, academic journals, black-and-white photographs, and artifacts.

Biographical Note

Winthrop E. Stone was the fifth President of Purdue University.  He was born in Chesterfield, New Hampshire on June 12, 1862.  Stone earned a Bachelor’s of Science from Massachusetts Agricultural College in Chemistry in 1882 (some documents report a later degree from Boston University in 1886).  He then spent several years studying at the University of Göttingen in Germany.  He left in 1888 to work as chief chemist at the State of Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station and then, in 1889, became professor of chemistry at Purdue University (Purdue Reamer Club 34).

Stone was appointed to the post of Vice President of Purdue in November, 1892, making him the first vice president in the university’s history. He became President of Purdue University following the death of President James H. Smart in February 1900. During his Administration, Stone developed the agriculture program, building the Agriculture Hall (currently Pfendler Hall)(Reamer 33), the Agricultural Experimental Station, and various agricultural farms. Other structures built during Stone’s Administration included “Eliza Fowler Hall, the Memorial Gymnasium, the original Civil Engineering Building, and the original Physics Building” (Reamer 34). Under his leadership, Purdue also developed its engineering (“Past Presidents”), education, and home economics programs (Reamer 34).

While vacationing in the Rocky Mountains of Canada, Stone died in 1921 when he fell during a mountain-climbing expedition on Mount Eon.  Stone Hall was built as a memorial to him following his death (Reamer 34).

Subject/Index Terms

College presidents--Indiana
Purdue Boilermakers (Football team)--History
Purdue University--History
Purdue University--Presidents
Railroad accidents--Indiana--Indianapolis

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Accruals: Part of collection donated by William Shunk on November 1, 2003

Alternate Extent Statement: 34 mss. boxes, 2 cu. ft. boxes, 11 artifact boxes (various sizes), 1 OS L folder, 1 FF folder

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Source: Estate of Winthrop E. Stone

Acquisition Method: Donation

Processing Information: Whenever possible, original order of the materials has been retained. Many materials have been placed in acid-free folders and acid-free boxes.  Some loose newsprint has been photocopied and original newspaper clippings have been discarded.  Some clippings containing images of people or color graphics, or front pages of newspapers, have been preserved for display purposes, with photocopies made available for research.  Oversized materials and artifacts have been separated and grouped into individual series for preservation purposes.

Finding Aid Revision History:

Shequita Parker, 2008

Michael Maune, 2013

Collection identifier updated from UA 2.05 to UA 49 as of November 28, 2016.

Removed FF 15 and OS L 14 identifiers as of March 27, 2017.

Other URL: http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/fa/pdf/ua00049_stone_winthrop.pdf

Box and Folder Listing

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