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Ben H. Petty papers


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Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Articles and Newsletters

Articles and Newsletters

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Ben H. Petty papers, 1923-1954 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

By Mary A. Sego

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Collection Overview

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Primary Creator: Petty, Ben Harrison (1888-)

Extent: 2.0 Folders. More info below.

Arrangement: Chronological

Subjects: Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae, Purdue University--Faculty, Purdue University. School of Engineering

Forms of Material: Articles, Newsletters

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of two folders which contain articles and publications edited by or by Ben H. Petty.

Biographical Note

Ben H. Petty was born in a sod house on a government prairie claim in Haynes County, Nebraska, October 12, 1888. He moved to Jonesboro, Indiana at the age of six and went through grade school and high school there. He entered the Civil Engineering School at Purdue University in 1909 and graduated in 1913.

From 1913-1915, Petty did flood control work in Miami Valley, Dayton, Ohio for Morgan Engineering Company, and from 1915-1920 for the Miami Conservancy District.

In 1920 he joined the staff of Purdue University as a Professor of Highway Engineering. Petty spent two summers with the Indiana State Highway Commission and most of the remaining summers doing highway education work for counties, cities and state highway districts. He was in charge of the Purdue Road School from 1924-1957, with the exception of army service. He was in active duty with the army June 1943 to April 1945, and served as assistant post engineer, Fort Knox, Kentucky and post engineer, Camp Cambell, Kentucky. He went from Captain to Major, CE.

Ben Petty was a member of the American Road Builders' Association and was a past president of the Educational Division. He served on the board of directors of both organizations. Petty was also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Military Engineers. He belonged to Chi Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Delta Chi and Iron Key and a member of the Indiana Society of Chicago.

He was editor of Highway Extension News for twenty-seven years, and authored scores of article appearing in technical publications. Petty was voted Engineer of the Year in 1957 by the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers.

Subject/Index Terms

Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae
Purdue University--Faculty
Purdue University. School of Engineering

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Alternate Extent Statement: 2 folders

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation: MSF 303, Ben H. Petty papers, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

Box and Folder Listing

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[Folder 1: Articles and Newsletters, 1923-1942],
[Folder 2: Articles and Newsletters, 1952-1954],