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Special Collections. Purdue University Special Collections

 Collecting Area
Identifier: Special Collections
Special Collections includes materials related to the history of Indiana as well as rare or unique items that support the research and teaching needs of the Purdue University.

Found in 21 Collections and/or Records:

Ancient and Medieval Manuscript Leaves collection

 Collection — Box 1 Box
Identifier: MSP 136
Abstract The Ancient and Medieval Manuscript Leaves collection contains leaves from Breviaries, Books of Hours, Antiphonaries, Bibles, an Anthology of Persian Poetry, Byzantine Music Notation, and a papyrus fragment.  The collection demonstrates a variety of medieval texts and artistic styles.  This particular collection is an excellent teaching tool for many classes in the humanities.

Book of Hours

 Collection — Box safe
Identifier: 20170112
Abstract Illuminated manuscript [Book of Hours] on vellum, in Latin and French. Most likely created in northern France (Paris), circa 1470. This diminutive Book of Hours comprises: a Calendar (fol. 1r); Gospel Readings (fol. 13r); Obsecro te (fol. 18r); O intemerata with the title "Orison devote a la vierge me" (fol. 22r); the Hours of the Virgin, with Matins (fol. 25r), Lauds (fol. 34v), Prime (fol. 44v), Terce (fol. 49v), Sext (fol. 53v), Nones (fol. 57v), Vespers (fol. 61v) and Compline (fol. 69v);...

Collection of Midwestern maps

 Collection — Box Folder 1
Identifier: MSR 12
Scope and Contents The Collection of Midwestern Maps (1825-1925; 7 linear feet) documents roads, counties, and geography of Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, and Illinois. It features several pocket maps, including one attached to the inside cover of a small travel booklet. Some maps note territory status of current states, such as Michigan. Not all counties are represented on all maps. One map is written in French.

Collection of Virginia Poullard Dupalais Twigg, Lucy Way Sistare Say, and Charles Alexandre Lesueur Works of Art

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 130
Scope and Contents The Collection of Virginia Poullard Dupalais Twigg, Lucy Way Sistare Say, and Charles Alexandre Lesueur Works of Art (circa 1800-1846; 43 items) contains twenty-six pencil, pastel, charcoal and watercolor sketches on paper by Charles Lesueur and seventeen pencil and watercolor sketches attributed to Virginia Dupalais Twigg, Lesueur's niece and pupil who lived with him in New Harmony, or Lucy Sistare Say, a fellow artist teaching at New Harmony. Many of the sketches document life in New Harmony,...

Gregory the Great, Homilies on Ezekiel illuminated manuscript

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSP 164
Scope and Contents Illuminated manuscript on vellum, Gregory the Great, Homilies on Ezekiel, in Latin, North-Eastern Germany, Huysburg Abbey, near Halberstadt, 1466. This is one of the key texts of Western monasticism. Manuscript is in a later (19th century) leather binding by W. Pratt, tooled with floral panels and chevrons. The manuscript includes a range of codicological features such as glossing, parchment repair, a scribal colophon, decorated initials, an organized rubrication system, and clear pricking....

William Henry Harrison collection

 Collection — Box Box 1
Identifier: MSP 228
Scope and Contents The William Henry Harrison collection contains materials related to William Henry Harrison, his presidential campaign in 1840, and the Battle of Tippecanoe.  Materials include campaign songsheets, campaign ribbon, political document, newspaper clipping, and commemorative plate.

Hymnal manuscript, circa early 16th century

 Collection — Box 1 volume
Identifier: MSP 294
Abstract Early 16th-century manuscript hymnal, in Latin [Germany]: NP, ND (circa 1500s). Quarto (6 6/8 X 8 6/8 X 1"). Unpaginated. [96] leaves (ms from leaf 3 to leaf 91). Written in Germany, possibly in the area of Fulda, whose patron saints are Simplicius, Faustinus, and their sister Beatrix. The manuscript later passed to the Benedictine monastery of Amorbach, whose 17th or 18th-century ex-libris is on the upper margin on f.4. The manuscript...

Indiana Authors Letter collection

 Collection — Box 5 items
Identifier: indial0
Scope and Contents The Indiana Authors Letter Collection contains letters from some of the state's most successful authors. The collection encompasses the "Golden Age of Indiana Literature," a time period in which Hoosier authors achieved both national prominence and popular acclaim. Indiana writers in the late 19th and early 20th century catered to readers who preferred writing that idealized traditional values or offered escape from an ever-changing world. A 1947 study found that Hoosier authors ranked second...

Indiana Educational Services Foundation records

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: 0000IESF
Scope and Contents Materials relate to the Office of State Technical Services (Indiana State Technical Services), the State Technical Services Act, and the Indiana Educational Services Foundation. Please see PDF Finding Aid for collection inventory.

Indiana Engineering Society records

 Collection — Box Box 1
Identifier: MSP 16
Scope and Contents The Indiana Engineering Society Records (1913-1937, 0.5 cubic feet) document the correspondence, activities and conferences of the Indiana Engineering Society. Highlighting individual members and other regional engineering societies, the collection shows the Indiana Engineering Society's involvement with the community. Although the records span the years of 1913 to 1937, the majority of the records cover from 1927 to 1937. Types of materials include: correspondence, meeting minutes, by-laws,...

Indiana Poetry Society papers

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSP 51
Scope and Contents The Indiana Poetry Society papers (1897-1947; 0.2 cubic feet) is a collection of manuscript poems and letters by members of the Indiana Poetry Society, as gathered by the society president and founder, Eletha Mae Taylor, along with some of her personal papers. Among the personal papers is a composition book containing notations on the study of poetry and literature and spelling/vocabulary lists, music scores, poetry, newspaper clippings and correspondence. The composition book and manuscript...

Knowles Family Collection of Indiana Postcards

 Collection — Box Box 1
Identifier: 0000KIP1
Scope and Contents Postcards relating to Indiana scenes and history, collected by the Knowles family.

Marcia Barrow's diary

 Unprocessed — Box Communal Accessions 14
Identifier: 20070426

New Harmony collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 145
Scope and Contents The New Harmony Collection (1820-1980s) contains materials from and information related to the New Harmony community in Southern Indiana and the family of Robert Owen, one of its leaders. The collection includes correspondence, newspapers, illustrations, maps, pamphlets, and historical research about New Harmony.

Rare Book Leaves collection, 1440 - late 19th/early 20th Century

 Collection — Box 1 Box
Identifier: MSP 137
Abstract The Rare Book Leaves collection contains leaves from Buddhist scriptures, Golden Legend, Sidonia the Sorceress, Nuremberg Chronicle, Codex de Tortis, and an illustrated version of Wordsworth’s poem Daffodils. The collection demonstrates a variety of printing styles and paper. This particular collection is an excellent teaching tool...

Red-Crown Mini-Museum history and post card

 Collection — Box Communal Collections 2, Placement: 08
Identifier: MSP 58
Abstract Chronological history of the Red Crown Mini-Museum and picture post card.

Sermon Collection manuscript

 Unprocessed — Box 1 volume
Identifier: 20170518

Thomas Perry's collection of Jasper Wood Product Co. material

 Collection — Box Box 1
Identifier: MSP 29
Scope and Contents The collection contains correspondence written to and from Thomas Perry, Chief/Consulting Engineer for the Jasper Wood Products Company, along with quotes and estimates for components of the prefabricated houses. There are reports from testing of the same components, along with timecards from the business. The collection also contains newsclippings from the 1930's relating to the housing industry. There are a few unrelated newsclippings from 1978 and 1980 and a company catalog from MacBeath...

Vater Family scrapbooks

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 236
Scope and Contents The Vater Family scrapbooks compiled by Septimus Vater and Williamson Dunn Vater primarily contain newspaper clippings related to Indiana politics and elections as well as obituaries and sports analysis from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

World War I flyers collection

 Collection — Box Communal Collections 1, Placement: 03
Identifier: MSP 253
Scope and Contents The World War I flyers collection contains an assortment of World War I flyers and advertisements encouraging citizens to buy government bonds and help support the military during the War.