By Sammie Morris
Title: Otis E. Griner papers, 1911-1916
Primary Creator: Griner, Otis E. (1892-1941)
Extent: 0.2 Cubic feet. More info below.
Arrangement: The photo album is first in the box, followed by a folder of loose items from the album, and then a folder with the Gala Week program.
Date Acquired: 09/21/2007
Subjects: Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae, Purdue University--Buildings--Pictorial works, Purdue University--Students--Social life and customs--20th century, Sigma Phi Epsilon
Forms of Material: Black-and-white photographs, Clippings (Information artifacts), Cyanotypes, Photograph albums, Programs
Scope and Contents of the Materials
The papers of Otis Edward Griner (1911-1916) include one photograph album and two folders. The majority of the album is composed of black and white photographs, a few cyanotypes, and a few newspaper clippings documenting Otis Griner's time as a student at Purdue University, 1911-1914. Included in the collection are a Purdue tank scrap marshal ribbon (1913), and photographs of a variety of local and Purdue events, such as automobile races, the mechanics burning tradition, the Purdue Circus, May Day festivities, the Canoe Club, Indianapolis 500 race (1913), various Purdue student stunts, Phi Si Rag-Time May Dancers, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house and members, wrestling squad (1914), flooding in Lafayette (1913), and the Tippecanoe Battle Ground memorial, images from Happy Hollow, and the 1914 Mechancial Engineering group photograph. Newspaper clippings include Elmer Oliphant's last football game (1913), automobiles testing at Purdue (circa 1914), and a clipping on R.P. Laporte, captain of Purdue Cross Country Club. A 1915 Purdue Homecoming program is also included and a 1914 Gala Week program.
Otis Edward Griner was born in Middlebury, Indiana, on April 11, 1892. He graduated from Purdue University in 1914 with a degree in mechanical engineering. While at Purdue, he joined the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. In 1917, he enlisted in the Army at Ft. Myers, Virginia, later serving as 1st Lieutentant of the 314th Field Artillery in France and Germany. He was discharged on June 7, 1919 from Camp Lee, Virginia. After the war he worked as a sales represernataive for the Barndall Co. and lived in Plymouth, Indiana. He married Edna Marie Boyle on June 30, 1920, in Indianapolis. They had two children, Mary Frances Griner [Greenfield] and John Edward Griner. OtisE. Griner died on January 18, 1941, in Decatur, Illinois.
Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Alternate Extent Statement:
1 mss box
Collection is open for research.
Physical Access Note:
Handle photo album with care.
Reverend Wayne Pask and Judith Pask
MSA 129, Otis E. Griner papers, Karnes Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
Finding Aid Revision History:
Record revised 4/5/2013 EW
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