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Heath Family papers


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Biographical Note

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Heath Family Papers

Heath Family Papers

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Heath Family papers, 1837-1923 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

By Joanne Mendes

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Collection Overview

Title: Heath Family papers, 1837-1923Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1837-1888

Primary Creator: Heath Family

Extent: 1.5 Cubic feet

Arrangement: This collection is arranged chronologically.

Subjects: Bible Society (Lafayette, Ind.), Commercial College (Lafayette, Ind.), Lafayette (Ind.), Lafayette and Indianapolis Railroad

Forms of Material: Ledgers (Account books), Scrapbooks

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Heath Family Papers document the business dealings and transactions of one of Lafayette's early prominent families.

Biographical Note

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.

Subject/Index Terms

Bible Society (Lafayette, Ind.)
Commercial College (Lafayette, Ind.)
Lafayette (Ind.)
Lafayette and Indianapolis Railroad

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: No use restrictions.

Physical Access Note: Collection is located on-site.

Related Materials: John Purdue Papers

Preferred Citation: The Heath Family Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

Processing Information: 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.

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[Box 1: Heath Family Papers, 1837-1923],
[Box 2: Heath Family Papers, 1847-1870s],