By Joanne Mendes
Scope and Contents of the Materials
The Heath Family Papers document the business dealings and transactions of one of Lafayette's early prominent families.
In the 1800s, the Heath family was one of Lafayette's most prominent business and banking families, serving on multiple municipal boards and committees and owning several local businesses and properties. Many of the Heath family business dealings involved John Purdue, a successful Lafayette businessman and founder of Purdue University. In 1847, William Heath and John Purdue were appointed to the Lafayette & Indianapolis Rail Road Company Board of Directors. In 1852, Heath and Purdue served on Lafayette's first public school board. Robert Heath was a lifelong business partner of John Purdue, forming several companies and business alliances with him including incorporation of the Lafayette Bridge Company in 1845 and financially supporting the Lafayette, Muncie, and Bloomington Railroad in the early 1870s. Robert Heath served as one of Purdue's pallbearers in 1876. Edith Heath Hull earned a B.S. from Purdue University in 1891 and a M.S. in 1896.
Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Collection is open for research.
No use restrictions.
Physical Access Note:
Collection is located on-site.
John Purdue Papers
The Heath Family Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
Whenever possible, original order of the materials has been retained. All materials have been housed in polyester sleeves, acid-free folders, and acid-free boxes.
Box and Folder Listing Browse by Box:
[Box 1: Heath Family Papers, 1837-1923],
[Box 2: Heath Family Papers, 1847-1870s
- Box 1: Heath Family Papers, 1837-1923
- Item 1: Ledger, J. Heath and Co., Invoices, 1837
- bills from Baltimore and Cincinnati
- Item 2: Ledger, Tippecanoe Bible Society, 1848-1850
- Item 3: Day Book and Ledger, William and Robert Heath, Commercial College, Lafayette, In., 1851
- Item 4: Ledger, Accounts, 1853
- wages paid to employees and supplies sold
- Item 5: Day Book and Ledger, Robert Heath, Commercial College, Lafayette, In., 1856
- Item 6: Account Ledger, William Heath, ca. 1860s-1870s
- wages paid to employees, estate depositions, and business accounts
- Item 7: Notebook, American Literature Notes, Grace Hull, 1887-1888
- Item 8: Ledger, Edith Hull Luten and Grace Hull Marstellar; State, City, and County Taxes, 1893
- Item 9: Bank book, The City National Bank of Lafayette, Grace Heath Hull, 1901-1922
- Item 10: Ledger, Household Income and Expenditures, 1904
- Item 11: Ledger, Grace and Edith Heath Hull; State, City, and County Taxes, 1907-1923
- Item 12: Ledger, Sarah Heath Hull Estate, 1922-1923
- ledger detailing the administration of Sarah Heath Hull's estate by Granville H. Hull