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Aubrey H. and Doris M. Smith papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 525

Scope and Contents

The Aubrey H. and Doris M. Smith papers contain Aubrey Smith's certificates and letters of recognition for distinguished service to Purdue, a train ticket from 1945, as well as his notebook, masters thesis, doctoral gown, and collection of materials relating to Purdue including a commencement brochure and an issue of the Purdue Alumnus. The papers also contain Doris M. Smith's copy of the Purdue Women's Club program and her notes, poems, and essays from Education 410 and English 551 classes taught at Purdue.


  • 1928 - 1972


Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Aubrey H. Smith was a Professor of Mathematics at Purdue University from 1935 to 1972. He received his Bachelors of Science from Mount Allison University in 1925, his Masters from Brown University in 1928, and his Ph.D. also from Brown in 1932. At Purdue, he devoted considerable effort to establish the Mathematical Sciences Library.

Doris M. Smith graduated from Brown University where she met Aubrey, and the two married. She took English and Education classes at Purdue and was a member of the Purdue Women's Club. She and her husband were very active in Purdue activities.


1.235 Cubic Feet (One letter-size full-width manuscript box and one flat box)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged into two series by creator.
  1. Aubrey H. Smith papers
  2. Doris M. Smith papers

Acquisition Information

Aubrey Smith's PhD gown was donated by the Aubrey H. Smith and Doris M. Smith estate on March 21, 2005. The remainder of the collection was donated by the Aubrey H. Smith and Doris M. Smith estate on August 4, 2005.

Processing Information

All materials have been rehoused in acid free folders and boxes. Staples and paper clips have been removed and replaced with plastic clips.
Aubrey H. and Doris M. Smith papers
Sarah Kenny and William Niner
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Edition statement
Third edition.

Revision Statements

  • 2018-08-27: Identifier changed from 0000ahs1 to MSF 525. Collection retitled from "Aubrey H. Smith papers" and arranged by Sarah Kenny.
  • 2024-03-27: Collection description and arrangement revised by William Niner.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States