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Arvill Wayne Bitting papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 38

Scope and Contents

This collection contains material collected by William Murray Hepburn, Librarian Emeritus, in regards to Arvill Bitting's career: bibliography of publications, vita information, correspondence to Department of Veterinary Science, and original cards containing bibliographic information. The collection also contains materials on glass-making from the United States Patent office that was collected by Arvill Bitting.


  • Other: Majority of material found in 1945


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

This collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Biographical Information

Arvill Wayne Bitting was born in 1870 in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University in 1891 with a B.S. in Agriculture. Subsequently he received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State College (1895) and an M.D. from the Medical College of Indiana University (1900). While at Purdue University, Arvill Bitting was Editor-in-Chief of both the Exponent and the 1891 edition of The Debris. From 1893 to 1907 Arvill was affiliated with the University's Agricultural Experiment Station. He left Purdue in 1907 to serve as food technologist with the U.S. Bureau of Chemistry. At the start of World War I, he worked with the Subsistence Division of the War Department. Bitting was also the director of food exhibits for Chicago's Century of Progress World Fair from 1931-1933, and the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1937. He received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Purdue in 1935. He died in 1946.


0.589 Cubic Feet (One legal-size half-width manuscript box and one letter-size full-width manuscript box)


Collection materials are arranged by type and have been placed in chronological order.

Acquisition Information

Date and source of acquisition are unknown.

Related Materials

MSF 39, Katherine E. Golden Bitting papers, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.

Processing Information

This collection was removed from a communal box and combined with the materials from US patent office. Boxes and folders were renumbered and labeled.
Arvill Wayne Bitting papers
In Progress
Amanda Rumba, Sarah Kenny, and Mary A. Sego
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Edition statement
Third edition. Collection description first completed 2011-01-06 by Mary Sego and revised 2019-03-01 by Sarah Kenny.

Revision Statements

  • 2019-03-01: This collection was taken out of a communal box, placed in boxes, and the folders were relabeled by Sarah Kenny. Material that was inappropriately grouped with the Arvill W. Bitting collection on World Expositions and Fairs was added.
  • 2020-04-07: Collection description updated by Amanda Rumba to more fully meet standards.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States