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Irma Jean Bowman scrapbook

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 227

Scope and Contents

The Irma Jean Bowman scrapbook documents Bowman’s attendance at a wide variety of musical, theatrical, dance, lectures, and related cultural performances at Purdue University and in Northwestern Indiana. The majority of the contents relate to concerts held at the Purdue University Hall of Music (now known as Elliott Hall of Music). Performances at Purdue were primarily offered through Purdue Convocations and Lectures, Purdue Musical Organizations, Purdue Playshop, and Victory Varieties. A few events of note include the Ed Sullivan Show held at the Hall of Music (1954) and a talk given by Ann Landers at Purdue (1961). Programs, clippings, and tickets documenting concerts, plays, and performances offered by Remington High School and the Remington Public Schools are included, as are documentation of performances Bowman attended in Chicago. A small number of postcards depicting California scenes and the Purdue Hall of Music are included, as well as a telegram sent to Bowman announcing the birth of a baby. Some programs and related items on the Indiana State Fair are included, as well as a small number of tickets for attendance at miscellaneous events such as the Billy Graham Crusade in Indianapolis (circa 1959). Types of materials include: programs (documents), playbills, clippings (information artifacts), ticket stubs, and postcards.


  • 1935 - 1980


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Material copyrights held by Purdue University or original creator. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Irma Jean Bowman was born in Remington, Indiana on June 30, 1908. She was the daughter of Charles and Alice Bowman. Irma Jean Bowman graduated from Remington High School in 1926 and attended Indiana University. She graduated from South Bend Cosmetology and Beautician School. She operated a beauty shop and later owned a yarn shop in Remington. In 1959, she assumed the role of district distributor for Beauty Counselor Cosmetics. She served on the board and chaired the program committee of Fountain Park Chautauqua. She died on June 3, 1999 at Indianapolis Orthopedic in Indianapolis, Indiana.


1.042 Cubic Feet (One scrapbook)

Physical Access Information

Scrapbook is fragile and should be handled with extra care.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Dr. Pete Bill, November 25, 2014.

Processing Information

Scrapbook has been rehoused in an acid-free enclosure.
Irma Jean Bowman scrapbook
Purdue Archives staff.
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Edition statement
Second edition. First edition completed May 5, 2017.

Revision Statements

  • 2019-11-07: Updated to align with ArchivesSpace data entry standards. Additional subjects added.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States