By Michael Maune
Title: Robert C. Thompson papers, 1947-1969
Primary Creator: Thompson, Robert
Extent: 0.8 Cubic feet. More info below.
The Papers are organized into three form series:
1. Photographs and Negatives, circa 1940s (0.3 cubic feet)
The photographs document student dormitories, special events, various campus buildings, and aircraft at the Purdue Airport. Aerial shots of campus are included. A house and bridge construction is also featured. Many photographs are paired with their negatives. Original order of the photographs is retained.
2. Publications, 1947-1969 (0.3 cubic feet)
The publications include student rules, Purdue 75th anniversary souvenir magazine, and student-produced publications. The student publications include literary booklets, a humor magazine, and a mechanical engineering magazine. One publication is oversized. Materials in the series are arranged in alphabetical order.
3. Artifacts, 1948 (0.2 cubic feet)
The artifacts document Thompson’s study of mechanical engineering, illustrating work he completed in a machine shop course. They include small brass and aluminum shapes and an electric lamp.
Date Acquired: 02/23/1998
Subjects: Mechanical engineering, Mechanical engineering--Study and teaching, Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae
Forms of Material: Artifacts (object genre), Black-and-white photographs
Photographs, publications, and artifacts documenting the scholastic career of Robert C. Thompson and campus life at Purdue.
Scope and Contents of the Materials
The Robert C. Thompson papers (1949-1951; 0.8 cubic feet) documents campus life during Robert Thompson’s time at Purdue University. They feature material related to Thompson’s study of mechanical engineering, including artifacts he created in a machine shop course. Student life is also represented in dormitory photographs, student rule handbooks and student publications. Types of materials include: photographs, negatives, artifacts, and booklets.
Robert C. Thompson graduated from Purdue University in 1951 majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He attended mechanical engineering summer school during 1948, between his freshmen and sophomore years.
Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Alternate Extent Statement:
1 mss box, 1 oversize folder, 1 file box
Collection is open to researchers.
MSA 252, Granville C. Thompson papers, 1921-1943
MSA 253, Robert Thompson papers, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
Whenever possible, original order of the materials has been retained. All materials have been housed in polyester sleeves, acid-free folders, and acid-free boxes.
Box and Folder Listing Browse by Box:
[Box 1: Photographs, Negatives, and Publications, 1940s-1968
[Box 2: Artifacts, 1948
[Folder OS S 3: Hail Purdue '69 publication, 1969
- Box 1: Photographs, Negatives, and Publications, 1940s-1968
- Folder 1: Campus photographs and negatives, circa 1940s
- Folder 2: Campus photographs and negatives, circa 1940s
- Folder 3: Campus and people photographs and negatives, circa 1940s
- Folder 4: Purdue and Student Publications, 1947-1968
- Box 2: Artifacts, 1948
- Item 1: Metal lamp, 1948
- Item 2: Two-piece screwdriver, 1948
- Item 3: Brass bucket, 1948
- Item 4: Two-piece hammer, 1948
- Item 5: Metal clothes pin, 1948
- Item 6: Metal "PU", 1948
- Item 7: Metal cylinder, 1948
- Item 8: Description of artifacts, undated
- Folder OS S 3: Hail Purdue '69 publication, 1969