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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.


  • 1869 - 1909


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Material in this collection is in the public domain. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Septimus Vater served as the editor of the Lafayette Journal, later known as the Journal and Courier. He also worked as a banker with the Lafayette Loan and Trust Company. Vater worked closely with John Purdue as he had a share in the Lafayette Journal.

Williamson Dunn Vater was born on May 17, 1868, in Lafayette, Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University and Princeton Theological Seminary. For a few years he was associated with his father on the Evening Call newspaper. Ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1899, he held several pastoral posts. In 1912 Vater was the pastor of the North Covenant Presbyterian Church in St. Louis.
Sources: Uncle: My Journey with John Purdue, Trust Companies of the United States

The Ancestors and Descendants of William Henry Venable


1.679 Cubic Feet (Three flat boxes)

Physical Access Information

Items are in fragile condition.

Acquisition Information

Source and date of acquisition are unknown.
Vater Family scrapbooks
Jon Hathaway and Keertana Marella
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Edition statement
Third edition. Second edition was completed on 2018-03-26

Revision Statements

  • 2018-03-26: Collection title updated from Septimus Vater scrapbooks to Vater Family scrapbooks; W.D. Vater scrapbooks added to the collection and record updated by Jon Hathaway.
  • 2020-04-29: Collection description updated by Keertana Marella

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States