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Purdue University. Convocations


Historical Information

Purdue Convocations began in 1902 with the “Lecture Concert and Course” and continues to offer a wide-variety of performances in the genres of ballet and dance, Broadway-style shows, cinema, comedy, popular and classical music, and stage theatre. A number of performers have made multiple appearances at Purdue University, courtesy of Purdue Convocations, including the Oak Ridge Boys, the Beach Boys, Amy Grant, Chicago, Alan Jackson, STOMP, and the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performed on over forty-five occasions between 1932 and 2002. Purdue Convocations has also offered students, faculty, and local residents an opportunity to see a number of overseas performers, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chinese Acrobats of Taiwan, Danzas Venezuela, the Hungarian Quartet, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Ballet of Canada, the National Chinese Opera Theatre, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stars of Soviet and Eastern European Ballet, and the Warsaw Philharmonic. Notable lecturers have included Dean Acheson, George Ade, Clement Attlee, Jimmy Carter, Barry Goldwater, John F. Kennedy, and Alex Haley.


Purdue Convocations Performance Database, at

Materials found within the collection

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Purdue University Convocations records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 42
Scope and Contents The Purdue University Convocations Records (1892-2012, predominant 1903-2012) documents the pre-history and history of Purdue Convocations.  This collection offers researchers an excellent glimpse into the wide-variety of performances offered and showcased, courtesy of Purdue Convocations.  Types of materials include: budgets and other financial statements, committee meeting minutes, performance schedules, performer contracts, photographs, programs, newsletters, etc.
Dates: 1876-2012; Other: Majority of material found in 1903-2012; Other: Date acquired: 08/02/2012

Purdue University Theatre records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 102
Scope and Contents The Purdue University Theatre records contains playbills, posters, and photos from the Purdue Theatre and other student theatre productions. The collection also contains programs from Convocations.
Dates: 1895 - 2013