By Mary A. Sego
Scope and Contents of the Materials
The Simeon V. B. Miller Scrapbook (1900-1906; 0.3 cubic feet) contains memorabilia from Simeon Van Buren Miller's college career at Purdue University. Since he had been involved in the train wreck of 1903, there are numerous newspaper clippings from the wreck. Simeon Miller followed in the footsteps of his father and two brothers, as a member of Phi Delta Theta, so there is also a concentration of ephemera from the fraternity. He had been president of the class of 1905 during his sophomore year, so the scrapbook also contains items from his tenure as class president. The scrapbook contains many other miscellaneous items, such as fee statements, dance cards, items from the athletic association and athletic events such as score cards and fee statements, newspaper clippings on the tank scrap, and numerous other programs. The scrapbook contains most of the items in the collection, but there are four additional envelopes containing dance cards, a name card and a coin purse.
Simeon Van Buren Miller graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1906. He was a member of the football team and was among those injured in the Purdue train wreck of 1903. Per a newspaper clipping among his scrapbook memorabilia, “Mr. Miller is admitted to have been the most horribly mangled of all the wreck victims who recovered…” He was also a member of Phi Delta Theta, as his father and two brothers had been. Simeon Miller was also president of the class of 1905, during his sophomore year at Purdue.
Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Alternate Extent Statement:
1 flat box
Collection is open for research.
Purdue Train Wreck collection.
MSA 21, Simeon V. B. Miller scrapbook, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
Finding Aid Revision History:
Last Revised 12/18/2009
Box and Folder Listing Browse by Box:
[Box 1: 1900-1906
[Folder 1: Loose Items From Scrapbook, 1903-1906],
- Folder 1: Loose Items From Scrapbook, 1903-1906
2. Envelope # 1, not dated, 0.025 cubic feet. The envelope contains a coin purse,
approximately 3” x 2.75”.
3. Envelope # 2, 1902, 0.02 cubic feet. Phi Delta Theta Hall, Dance Card, Thanksgiving,
1902, 3” x 9”.
4. Envelope #3, 1905, 0.015 cubic feet, Phi Delta Theta Hall, Dance Card, January 30,
1905, 2.5” x 5”.
5. Envelope #4, not dated, 0.01 cubic feet, Name card, signed K. E. Golden and M. J.
Golden, with notation, “A msg. full of good wishes.” 3” x 1.53”.