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Ferd Christen scrapbook

 Collection — Box: Box 1
Identifier: MSA 326

Scope and Contents

The Ferd Christen scrapbook documents Ferd Christen’s student life at Purdue University during the 1920s. The leather-bound scrapbook has a Purdue crest on the cover. Though Christen attended Purdue from 1922-1926, the scrapbook focuses mostly on the years 1924-1926. Christen collected mostly materials related to student events and organizations, especially those for/by Agriculture majors and the university-wide Junior Prom. Types of materials include photographs, booklets, clippings, tickets, dance cards, and programs.


  • 1918 - 1926


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

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 or Historical Information

Ferguson “Ferd” Edward Christen was born October 24, 1902 in Root Township, Adams County, Indiana to parents Edward Christen and Fannie Marlow. He attended Purdue University from 1922-1926, where he was a member of the Delta Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. He was also a member of Purdue’s R.O.T.C., various agriculture student groups, and the 1926 Junior Prom organizing committee. Christen graduated from Purdue with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture in 1926. On September 14, 1935, Christen married Louise Marie McCarthy in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and the couple had three children together: Phyllis Ann, Samuel Ellis, and John Edward. Ferd and Louise lived in Decatur, Indiana for most of their married life, and Ferd was buried at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery there when he passed away on December 10, 1979. Source(s): “Adams County, Indiana.” RootsWeb,, accessed March 29, 2017. “Family of Christen, Ferd Edward and McCarthy, Louise Marie.” UC Observatories, [url=][/url], accessed March 29, 2017. MSA 326, Ferd Christen scrapbook, Karnes Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.

Note written by Stephen Horrocks


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Source of Acquisition

Arnold L. Sweet. Date acquired: 01/10/2013

Processing Information

Original order of the materials has been retained.  All loose materials have been housed in polyester sleeves and returned to their original location.
Ferd Christen scrapbook
Stephen Horrocks and Keertana Marella
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Edition statement
Second Edition.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-27: Collection description updated by Keertana Marella

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States