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Purdue Reamer Club


Historical Information

The Purdue Reamer Club was founded in 1922 as a way to foster interest in athletics and intervarsity sports among students who were not part of Greek societies. In 1940, the Reamer Club presented the Boilermaker Special as Purdue's mascot, and have remained caretakers of the Special's many iterations since then. Notable members include astronaut Jerry Ross who brought his Reamer Club Gold Pin and an Indiana State flag aboard the Endeavor STS-88; he presented these items to the Reamer club in 1998.


Purdue Reamer Club History. Accessed March 25, 2020.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Boilermaker Special III Key

 Unprocessed — Box: Communal Collections 87
Identifier: 2024-106

Sammie Morris Reamer Club artifacts

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSR 7
Scope and Contents The Sammie Morris Reamer Club artifacts consist of a Purdue Reamer paddle, marked "Sammie Morris honorary, Fall 2008" and one wooden "R" signed by Reamer Club members and marked "Morris honorary, 08" that were given to Sammie Morris as a token of the club's appreciation for her assistance.
Dates: 2008

Purdue Reamer Club records, addition 05

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2023-140

Purdue University Reamer Club records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 179
Scope and Contents This collection includes documents and artifacts from the Reamer Club and associated Purdue historical items. These include engraved reamers and paddles, record albums from Purdue Bands and the Purdue Groove, programs from Reamer Club banquets dating between the 1930s and the 1990s, sheet music, a Purdue student handbook from 1940, the Reamer office copy of the 1976-77 Women's Intercollegiate Sports Program, the brass 5 from the Boilermaker Special and the side panel from the Boilermaker Xtra...
Dates: 1892 - 2018