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The Purdue University Semi-Centennial collection



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Programs and Program Drafts

Newspapers and Newspaper Articles

Minutes, Lists, Posters, and Etc.


Congratulatory Letters

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The Purdue University Semi-Centennial collection, 1922-1925 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

By John Michael Foster

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Collection Overview

Title: The Purdue University Semi-Centennial collection, 1922-1925Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1924

Extent: 2.05 Cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is organized into a single series by document type.

Subjects: Elliott, Edward C. (Edward Charles), 1874-1960

Forms of Material: Black-and-white photographs, Clippings (Information artifacts), Correspondence, Minutes (Records), Programs

Languages: English


Correspondence, event programs, newspaper articles, and other materials chronicling Purdue’s Semi-Centennial celebration in May 1924.  Materials in this collection trace the history of the Semi-Centennial from its planning in late 1923 and early 1924 to events held on the weekend of May 1-3, 1924, and immediate aftermath.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Purdue University Semi-Centennial collection (1922-1925; 2.05 cubic feet) predominantly consists of correspondence (mostly correspondence to and from President Elliott), programs and program drafts, and newspapers and newspaper articles, in addition to a modest assortment of meeting minutes, posters, announcements, invitations, financial records, photographs.  These materials offer the researcher a comprehensive glimpse into the planning of the 1924 semi-centennial and the commemoration of Purdue’s early history.

Subject/Index Terms

Elliott, Edward C. (Edward Charles), 1874-1960

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Alternate Extent Statement: 5 mss. boxes

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Purdue University

Physical Access Note: Newspapers and scrapbook are fragile and should be handled with care.

Acquisition Source: Purdue University

Acquisition Method: Records transfer, Purdue University

Related Materials:

MSA 196, J.E. Raffensperger collection

MSP 22, William M. Hepburn papers

UA 50, Edward C. Elliott papers

Related Publications: Robert W. Topping, A Century and Beyond: The History of Purdue University, West Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 1988.

Preferred Citation: MSP 120, The Purdue University Semi-Centennial collection, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

Processing Information: All materials are housed in acid-free folders and manuscript boxes.  Staples and paper clips have been removed from all documents and discarded; all photographs placed in protective sleeves.  Loose newspaper articles were photocopied and the original clippings discarded.

Finding Aid Revision History: Removed identifiers OS M 17 and OS L 16 as of March 28, 2017.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Correspondence, 1923-1925],
[Box 2: Programs and Program Drafts, circa 1924],
[Box 3: Newspapers and Newspaper Articles, 1924],
[Box 4: Minutes, Lists, Posters, and Etc., 1922-1924, undated],
[Box 5: Scrapbook, 1924],
[Folder 1: Congratulatory Letters],