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J. C. Allen Purdue University negatives and photographs

Overview

Abstract

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Individuals T-Z, Dignitaries

Dignitaries, Groups by year

Groups by year, Theater

Theater, Awards

Awards, School of Science

School of Pharmacy, Veterinary Science

Fraternities and Sororities

Fraternities and Sororities

Fraternities and Sororities, Dorms

Dorms, Co-Ops, Student Organizations

Student Organizations

Athletics--Baseball

Athletics--Baseball

Athletics--Baseball, Athletics--Basketball

Athletics--Basketball, Athletics--Football

Athletics--Football

Athletics--Football

Athletics--Football

Athletics--Football

Athletics--Football

Athletics--Football

Athletics--Football

Athletics--Football, Athletics--Swimming & Diving

Athletics--Track & Field

Athletics--Track & Field

Athletics--Track & Field

Athletics--Track & Field

Athletics--Track & Field

Athletics--Track & Field, Other Athletics

Other Athletics [Boxing, Hockey, Cycling, Gymnastics, etc.]

Other Athletics, Athletic Awards

Athletic Awards, Women’s Athletic Dept., Alumni Association, Commencement,Gala Week, Homecoming

Gala week

Gala week, Commencement

Gala week, Commencement, Convocations

May Day

May Day, Memorial Day, Registration, Senior Parade, Music Organizations

Music Organizations

Music Organizations, Alumni, Associations & Clubs, Awards

Awards, Judging

Judging, Campus Scenes, Conference, Meetings, Banquets

Conference, Meetings, Banquets, Cooperative Extension

Agricultural Equipment, 4-H & Vo-Ag

4-H & Vo-Ag

4-H & Vo-Ag, FFA-Future Farmers Association, Rural Youth, Indiana Farms, Radio & T.V., Publications, Conferences (by name)

Conferences (by name)

Conferences (by name)

Conferences (by name)

Conferences (by name), Conferences (by year)

Conferences (by year), Home Economics

Home Economics

Home Economics

Home Economics

Home Economics, Health (student), Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering, Metalurgical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautics and Airport

Aeronautics and Airport, Campus Scenes

Campus Scenes

Campus Scenes

Campus Scenes

Campus Scenes

Campus Scenes

Campus Scenes, Military

Military

Military

Military

Military

Military

Military, State Fair

State Fair

State Fair

State Fair

State Fair

State Fair

State Fair

State Fair, Agronomy, Agricultural Chemistry

Agriculture Miscellaneous

Agriculture Miscellaneous, Miscellaneous Agricultural SHort Courses

Miscellaneous Agricultural Short Courses

Agricultural Short Courses, Exhibits, Shows

Exhibits, Unidentified People, Portraits Abbott-Ayres

Portraits Babson-Catron

Portraits Chenoweth-Finling

Portraits Fisher-Herkless

Portraits Herrick-Kimbrough

Portraits Kimmell-Martin

Portraits Martin-Nuffer

Portraits Nye-Ruthenburg

Portraits Safford-Taylor, Miscellaneous Agriculture

Agricultural Short Courses, Exhibits, Portraits Abbett-Henzinger

Portraits Hutchins-Swaim



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J. C. Allen Purdue University negatives and photographs, 1915-1974 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

By Elizabeth Wilkinson

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Collection Overview

Title: J. C. Allen Purdue University negatives and photographs, 1915-1974Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1920s-1950s

Primary Creator: Allen, J. C. (1881-1976)

Extent: 96.0 Shoe boxes

Arrangement: In the subject and item order designated by J.C. Allen.

Date Acquired: 03/18/2008

Subjects: Purdue University--Buildings, Purdue University--Faculty, Purdue University--History, Purdue University--Presidents, Purdue University--Students, Purdue University. Band, Purdue University. Board of Trustees, Purdue University. Libraries, Purdue University. School of Agriculture, Purdue University. Varsity Glee Club

Forms of Material: Black-and-white photographs, Glass negatives, Marching bands, Negatives (photographic), Photographic prints

Languages: English

Abstract

Images of Purdue University from the 1910s to 1970s.  Please see the attached pdf for a complete list of the items.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Glass and film negatives, and photographic prints of Purdue University buildings, faculty, staff, and students, as well as major campus events from the 1910s to the 1970s.  Please see the attached pdf for a complete list of the items.

Biographical Note

John “J. C.” C. Allen was born in 1881.  His mother died when he was a year and a half in age, and when he was six his father passed away.  Before J.C.’s father died, he made arrangements for J.C. to live at the Indiana Soldier’s and Sailor’s Children’s Home.  The Children’s Home operated a farm which gave J. C. his earliest agricultural training.  He graduated from the Home in 1897 and took on a myriad of jobs.  He started out working on a railroad crew, then coal miner, a farm hand, then as a telegraph operator.  In 1904 he married Mary Abby Peavy and they later had a son, Chester, and a daughter, Martha.  Later that year they attended the World’s Fair in St. Louis and purchased a portable Kodak camera for the trip.  This is how J. C. Allen was bitten by the photography bug.  Later that year he purchased a wooden box camera that used 5x 7 inch glass plates and found the clarity of the photographs to be superior to his other camera.

The married couple settled in on a farm along the Illinois-Indiana state line.  Over time Allen developed proficiency in agronomy and livestock—the skills that led him to a position at Purdue in 1909.  Allen later stated that he was hired by the Purdue College of Agriculture to work in livestock judging, animal nutrition, poultry and agronomy.  According to John O. Allen, J. C.’s grandson, he found using photographs in judging livestock useful because you could easily compare animals and look for examples of conformation.

J. C. Allen’s hiring by Purdue just happened to coincide with the brisk expansion of the College of Agriculture.  He was able to document the early activities of Ag Extension around the state.  Purdue placed several of his photographs in Agricultural Experiment Station publications.  His work expanded beyond the College of Agriculture to chronicling the activities of the entire University, including taking photographs of Amelia Earhart when she was a lecturer at Purdue in the 1930s. 

Allen did not exclusively work for Purdue either, but also took photographs for his own personal business, J. C. Allen & Son.  His photographs began appearing in publications such as Prairie Farmer, Breeder’s Gazette, and Farm Journal, as well as in books.  Allen would not only travel the Midwest and take photographs, but also the entire country taking photographs of farm life.  However, he always returned to West Lafayette.

In 1929 Chester Allen became the “Son” in J. C. Allen & Son.  After Chester graduated with a B. S. in horticultural science from Purdue, he went to work in his father’s office and was also a freelance photographer/writer for magazines and newspapers.  Chester’s son John joined the family business in 1967 after receiving his B. S. in agricultural economics from Purdue and a stint in the Navy.

J. C. retired in 1952, but still continued to take photographs for almost twenty-five more years.  He passed away in 1976 at the age of 94.  Chester worked until his death in 1996 at the age of 89.  John has now become the custodian of the J. C. Allen & Son archive.  The collection consists of over 77,000 subjects and covers all fifty states.  J. C. Allen & Son materials are still in great demand today.  Publications such as Country Woman, Reminisce, Draft Horse Journal, and Farm & Ranch Living often use their work.  Many of the images are also used in displays and exhibits around the country.   

In the 1970s J. C. Allen presented nearly 20,000 prints, negatives and glass plate negatives to Purdue.  The collection was housed by the College of Agriculture until spring 2008 when it came to the Purdue Archives & Special Collections.

Subject/Index Terms

Purdue University--Buildings
Purdue University--Faculty
Purdue University--History
Purdue University--Presidents
Purdue University--Students
Purdue University. Band
Purdue University. Board of Trustees
Purdue University. Libraries
Purdue University. School of Agriculture
Purdue University. Varsity Glee Club

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Copyright Purdue University

Physical Access Note: Some items are extremely fragile, handle with care.

Acquisition Source: College of Agriculture

Acquisition Method: Transferred to the Purdue Libraries Archives and Special Collections.

Related Materials: MSP 104, J. C. Allen and Son photographs and negatives

Preferred Citation: MSP 25, J. C. Allen Purdue University negatives and photographs, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

Other URL: http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/fa/pdf/MSP25_JC Allen_inventory.pdf


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[Box 1: Individuals T-Z, Dignitaries],
[Box 2: Dignitaries, Groups by year],
[Box 3: Groups by year, Theater],
[Box 4: Theater, Awards],
[Box 5: Awards, School of Science],
[Box 6: School of Pharmacy, Veterinary Science],
[Box 7: Fraternities and Sororities],
[Box 8: Fraternities and Sororities],
[Box 9: Fraternities and Sororities, Dorms],
[Box 10: Dorms, Co-Ops, Student Organizations],
[Box 11: Student Organizations],
[Box 12: Athletics--Baseball],
[Box 13: Athletics--Baseball],
[Box 14: Athletics--Baseball, Athletics--Basketball],
[Box 15: Athletics--Basketball, Athletics--Football],
[Box 16: Athletics--Football],
[Box 17: Athletics--Football],
[Box 18: Athletics--Football],
[Box 19: Athletics--Football],
[Box 20: Athletics--Football],
[Box 21: Athletics--Football],
[Box 22: Athletics--Football],
[Box 23: Athletics--Football, Athletics--Swimming & Diving],
[Box 24: Athletics--Track & Field],
[Box 25: Athletics--Track & Field],
[Box 26: Athletics--Track & Field],
[Box 27: Athletics--Track & Field, 1930s],
[Box 28: Athletics--Track & Field, 1934-1940],
[Box 29: Athletics--Track & Field, Other Athletics, 1922-1951],
[Box 30: Other Athletics [Boxing, Hockey, Cycling, Gymnastics, etc.], 1926-1951],
[Box 31: Other Athletics, Athletic Awards, 1920s-1950],
[Box 32: Athletic Awards, Women’s Athletic Dept., Alumni Association, Commencement,Gala Week, Homecoming, 1920s-1950s],
[Box 33: Gala week, 1920s-1930s],
[Box 34: Gala week, Commencement, 1920s-1930s],
[Box 35: Gala week, Commencement, Convocations, 1920s-1950s],
[Box 36: May Day, 1920s-1940s],
[Box 37: May Day, Memorial Day, Registration, Senior Parade, Music Organizations, 1920s-1950s],
[Box 38: Music Organizations, 1920-1940s],
[Box 39: Music Organizations, Alumni, Associations & Clubs, Awards, 1920s-1950s],
[Box 40: Awards, Judging, 1920s-1951],
[Box 41: Judging, Campus Scenes, Conference, Meetings, Banquets, 1919-1951],
[Box 42: Conference, Meetings, Banquets, Cooperative Extension, 1922-1952],
[Box 43: Agricultural Equipment, 4-H & Vo-Ag, 1920-1951],
[Box 44: 4-H & Vo-Ag, 1941-1952],
[Box 45: 4-H & Vo-Ag, FFA-Future Farmers Association, Rural Youth, Indiana Farms, Radio & T.V., Publications, Conferences (by name), 1921-1952],
[Box 46: Conferences (by name), 1949-1957],
[Box 47: Conferences (by name), 1957-1966],
[Box 48: Conferences (by name), 1926-1956],
[Box 49: Conferences (by name), Conferences (by year), 1923-1955],
[Box 50: Conferences (by year), Home Economics, 1920-1952],
[Box 51: Home Economics, 1920-1933],
[Box 52: Home Economics, 1927-1943],
[Box 53: Home Economics, 1930-1946],
[Box 54: Home Economics, Health (student), Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, 1925-1955],
[Box 55: Civil Engineering, 1925-1939],
[Box 56: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, 1924-1951],
[Box 57: Electrical Engineering, Metalurgical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, 1920-1951],
[Box 58: Mechanical Engineering, 1921-1932],
[Box 59: Mechanical Engineering, 1932-1937],
[Box 60: Mechanical Engineering, 1937-1948],
[Box 61: Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautics and Airport, 1930-1951],
[Box 62: Aeronautics and Airport, Campus Scenes, 1920-1950],
[Box 63: Campus Scenes, 1918-1924],
[Box 64: Campus Scenes, 1924-1928],
[Box 65: Campus Scenes, 1928-1941],
[Box 66: Campus Scenes, 1922-1952],
[Box 67: Campus Scenes, 1927-1943],
[Box 68: Campus Scenes, Military, 1943-1951],
[Box 69: Military, 1921-1925],
[Box 70: Military, 1925-1928],
[Box 71: Military, 1928-1934],
[Box 72: Military, 1934-1942],
[Box 73: Military],
[Box 74: Military, State Fair, 1921-1951],
[Box 75: State Fair, 1924-1925],
[Box 76: State Fair, 1925-1927],
[Box 77: State Fair, 1927-1929],
[Box 78: State Fair, 1929-1933],
[Box 79: State Fair, 1933-1943],
[Box 80: State Fair, 1938-1939, 1943-1945],
[Box 81: State Fair, Agronomy, Agricultural Chemistry, 1917-1974],
[Box 82: Agriculture Miscellaneous, 1920-1956],
[Box 83: Agriculture Miscellaneous, Miscellaneous Agricultural SHort Courses, 1921-1954],
[Box 84: Miscellaneous Agricultural Short Courses, 1924-1958],
[Box 85: Agricultural Short Courses, Exhibits, Shows, 1925-1953],
[Box 86: Exhibits, Unidentified People, Portraits Abbott-Ayres, 1922-1952],
[Box 87: Portraits Babson-Catron, 1928-1954],
[Box 88: Portraits Chenoweth-Finling, 1924-1960],
[Box 89: Portraits Fisher-Herkless, 1926-1960],
[Box 90: Portraits Herrick-Kimbrough, 1927-1960],
[Box 91: Portraits Kimmell-Martin, 1923-1961],
[Box 92: Portraits Martin-Nuffer, 1923-1961],
[Box 93: Portraits Nye-Ruthenburg, 1921-1956],
[Box 94: Portraits Safford-Taylor, Miscellaneous Agriculture, 1928-1958],
[Box 95: Agricultural Short Courses, Exhibits, Portraits Abbett-Henzinger, 1927-1957],
[Box 96: Portraits Hutchins-Swaim],
[All]