By David Hovde and Mary A. Sego
Title: Ross W. Hippensteel papers, 1912-1960
Primary Creator: Hippensteel, Ross (1912-1997)
Extent: 13.5 Cubic feet
Date Acquired: 06/07/2007
Subjects: Engineering, Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae, World War, 1939-1945
Forms of Material: Artifacts (object genre), Certificates, Clippings (Information artifacts), Correspondence, Diplomas, Ephemera, Lecture notes, Pencil sketches
Scope and Contents of the Materials
The Ross W. Hippensteel papers (1912-1960; 13.5 cubic feet) document the college and military career of Ross W. Hippensteel. The collection contains many artifacts, papers, handbooks, manuals, certificates, class notes, clippings, correspondence, ephemera, a pencil sketch, clothing and other miscellaneous items. Some of the items belonged to his wife, Jean Rankin Hippensteel. The class notes are from many of his Purdue University, mechanical engineering and physics courses from 1929-1934, along with many Purdue University Military Department manuals. There is also a strong emphasis on U.S. army artifacts and manuals from the years proceeding World War II, World War II and the years thereafter.
Ross W. Hippensteel was born to Benjamin F. and Amelia (Guempelein) Hippensteel, August 22, 1912 in Peru, Indiana. He was a 1930 graduate of Peru High School, and graduated from Purdue University in 1934. Ross Hippensteel married Geneva "Jean" Rankin in Wabash on September 19, 1934.
He retired October 31, 1974 after forty years as an engineer at Continental Steel Corporation. He also retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving twenty-eight years in the Reserves and active duty from 1942-1945, during World War II in the European Theater.
His memberships included First Congregational Church; a forty year member of Kokomo Metropolitan Kiwanis Club and was Lieutenant Governor of the Sycamore Division 1981-1982 and president of the Metropolitan Club 1971-1972; Society of Professional Engineers (A. A. Potter Chapter); Kokomo Elks Lodge No. 190; Kokomo Management Club; appointed 1958-1962 to serve on the Kokomo Center Township School Board and Library Board. He was appointed as a civilian engineer to the Advisory Board to help the new jail in 1968.
He had two sons, Benjamin R. and David L. Hippensteel and two grandchildren. Ross W. Hippensteel died April 7, 1997. He was buried with military honors by the Veterans of Foreign War.
Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Collection is open for research.
Physical Access Note:
All materials have been housed in polyester sleeves, acid-free folders, and acid-free boxes. Some of the manuals have been removed from the collection for preservation purposes and cataloged as part of the Archives' book collection.
Donation received from Gary Hippensteel (grandson) on June 7, 2007.
MSA 34, Ross W. Hippensteel papers, Karnes Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
Box and Folder Listing Browse by Box:
[Box 1: Military Equipment and Artifacts, circa 1918-1950
[Box 2: Military Clothing and Insignia, 1919-1950
[Box 3: Military Clothing, 1940-1960
[Box 4: Military Equipment, Assorted Equestrian Items, U.S. Army, circa 1936-1960],
[Box 5: Military Manuals, Military Correspondence, and Related Materials, 1927-1950
[Box 6: Purdue University Military and Engineering Student Materials, 1929-1934
[Box 7: School Papers, Railroad Related Materials, and Miscellaneous Material, 1912-1955
[Box 8: Diplomas and Bill of Rights Reproduction, 1925-1932
[Box 9: Adult and Children’s Clothing, circa 1935-1940
[Box 10: Adult and Children’s Clothing, undated
[Box 11: Artifact - Oversized, circa 1940
[Item 1: Artifact - Oversized, circa 1940
[Item 2: Artifact - Oversized, circa 1940
[Item 3: Artifact - Oversized, circa 1940