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Purdue University, 1920 - 1960

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 288, Series 2, Sub-Series 1

Scope and Contents

This sub-series in comprosed of material used by Cernan, while a student at Purdue University, such as various textbooks, course work, and his Engineering drafting tools. There is also memorabilia from his various activities as a Purdue student. Holdings describe Cernan's memberships in the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, the National Society of Scabbard and Blade, the academic Tau Beta Pi Association, the honorary Skull and Crescent society, as a junior editor for Debris, and the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC). An NROTC yearbook (1956), for which Cernan served as editor-in-chief, details his membership and service as President in the Quarterdeck Society, an honorary organization for upperclassmen in NROTC, as chairmen of the Midshipman Ball committee, on the Military Ball committee, and his participation on the NROTC basketball team. Holdings also include Cernan'’s numerous employment offer letters leading up to graduation from Purdue University.


  • 1920 - 1960
  • Majority of material found within 1953 - 1956

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Collection material is primarily in English. French is also present.

Access Information

The collection is open for research. Portions of the collection which contain confidential information are restricted.


0.968 Cubic Feet (One letter-size half-width manuscript box, one shoe box, and one flat box)


This sub-series has been divided into three sub-groups.
  1. Correspondence, certificates, coursework, and memorabilia
  2. Purdue University textbooks
  3. Engineering drafting tools


Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States