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Norton, Esther Ellis



  • Existence: May 14, 1905 - May 19, 1998

Biographical Information

Norton is originally from Lafayette, Indiana and graduated with a BS from Purdue in 1927. While at Purdue, she participated in campus organizations such as Zeta Tau Alpha, the Y.W.C.A., and the Purdue Girls' Club. After graduation, Norton worked in governmental libraries and was a librarian in Cincinatti for 35 years. She returned to West Lafayette after her retirement and became an important benefactor of Purdue University. A distinguished professorship in the Purdue University Libraries was named in her honor.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Esther Ellis Norton guestbook and photo album

 Unprocessed — Box: 1
Identifier: 19990101

Hicks Undergraduate Library scrapbook

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: UA 72
Scope and Contents The Hicks Undergraduate Library scrapbook documents Esther E. Norton's involvement with the dedication and renaming of the Purdue Undergraduate Library (later the John. W. Hicks Undergraduate Library). The collection includes photographs of Norton with several university and library administrators at the dedication and renaming events, as well as several photographs of the Norton Reference Center. Invitations and program booklets for these events are also included. The last folder in this...
Dates: 1954 - 1999; Majority of material found within 1982 - 1999

Esther E. Norton papers

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 10, Placement: 11
Identifier: MSA 181
Scope and Contents Materials collected by Esther Norton. The collection includes prints of older campus buildings and locations including the entrance, Fowler Hall, the drive way, University Hall, the lion fountain, the library, and the Mechanical Building. Also includes flyer from the First Annual Student Show and a picture of the Zeta Tau Alpha house. Esther Ellis Norton (Purdue class of 1927) served in governmental libraries and became an important benefactor of the Purdue Libraries.
Dates: circa 1924