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Robert C. Thompson papers



Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Photographs, Negatives, and Publications


Hail Purdue '69 publication

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Robert C. Thompson papers, 1947-1969 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

By Michael Maune

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Collection Overview

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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

Languages: English


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.

Biographical Note

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.

Subject/Index Terms

Mechanical engineering
Mechanical engineering--Study and teaching
Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 mss box, 1 oversize folder, 1 file box

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to researchers.

Acquisition Source: Robert Thompson

Acquisition Method: Donation

Related Materials: MSA 252, Granville C. Thompson papers, 1921-1943

Preferred Citation: MSA 253, Robert Thompson papers, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

Processing Information: 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],