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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 1 Collection or Record:

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