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Purdue Bleacher Collapse – Correspondence, Clippings and Financial Records, and the Indianapolis Coliseum Accident - Purdue’s Role in Researching the Incident, 1947-1963

 Series — Box: 1
Identifier: Box 1

Scope and Contents

From the Collection: The Purdue University Executive Vice President for Business and Finance and Treasurer’s Office records (1921-2000; 10.5 cubic feet) documents the administrations of Executive Vice President and Treasurers, including Frederick Ford (1974-1998), Kenneth P. Burns (1998-2004), and Morgan Olsen (2004-2008). Other Vice Presidents documented include Howard S. Lyon, John Hicks, Lytle J. Freehafer, and John C. Smalley.  The Records further document campus demonstrations of the late 1960’s to early 1980’s, Purdue bleacher collapse, Indianapolis Coliseum accident, which several Purdue departments investigated, numerous project reports from the Purdue Council for Manager Development Projects and Purdue Excellence 21. There is also information about the building of the Purdue Memorial Union, copyright information concerning Purdue songs, numerous documents concerning office activities and proceedings and State of Indiana biennial budget information.  Other notable items include a portrait of Purdue President Abram Shortridge and a report belonging to Vice President Freehafer regarding the 1969 Exponent controversy. The records contain a wealth of information in regards to the aforementioned, including; various brochures, business records, claims, correspondence, project reports and a plethora of records and documents.  The material was kept in the order received.


  • 1947-1963

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Collection materials are in English.

Access Information

Collection is open for research.


From the Collection: 10.50 Cubic Feet

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States