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Cary Quadrangle Residence Hall records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 73

Scope and Contents

The Cary Quadrangle Residence Hall Records collection consists of records from or dealing with in some capacity the Men’s Residence Cary Quadrangle Residence Hall. The collection consists of photos, event and club materials, proposed and executed budgets, residence directories, maps of the dorm and rooms, correspondence, residence hall pamphlets, newspaper articles, administration documentation, and some oversized objects and artifacts. The items demonstrate the activities that occurred at the residence hall, history of the building, and its continuing legacy. Additionally, the Cary Quadrangle records contain various items that include metal wall nameplates, a University Directory, a certificate, and one copy of the book "Robinson Crusoe" with a handwritten note from President Edward Elliott. Also includes a journal from the student group “Golden Taps” which provided a memorial service for students who died on campus.


  • 1939 - 2005


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

The majority of the collection is open for research. Box 11 is restricted.

Copyright and Use Information

Some material in this collection are in the public domain, while other material copyrights are held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Historical Information

Purdue’s Residence Halls for Men, known as Franklin Levering Cary Memorial Halls, were first made possible by the generous gifts of Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Cary, Lafayette, Indiana, in memory of their son, Franklin Levering Cary, who died in 1912 at the age of eighteen years, just before his anticipated entrance into the University. Franklin Masten Cary was born in 1858. He came to Lafayette and eventually became president of the Chicago Refrigerator Car Line Co., and the Bar-B Wire and Iron Works as well. In memory of their son the Cary family donated $50,000 in 1927 to build “Franklin Levering Cary Hall.” The building is now known as Cary East. The University gratefully accepted these gifts so that more students of Purdue University might secure the social and cultural advantages of living in large groups. A large number of students in daily social and recreational contact while enjoying most favorable living conditions are imbued with the right attitude toward human life and human beings, an attitude that is permanently beneficial to each one of them and to the institution. Because of limited accommodations and the method of operation, a number of students leave the Halls each year, so that their influence continues to foster the healthy and vigorous life that always has prevailed among the students of Purdue University. The Franklin Levering Cary Memorial Hall consist of five units accommodating a total of nine hundred and eighty men. Cary Hall East, opened in September, 1929, houses one hundred and fifty-six men in one hundred and twenty-eight single rooms and fourteen double rooms. Cary Hall North, completed and opened for occupancy early in February, 1931, accommodates one hundred and fifteen men in ninety-one single rooms and twelve double rooms. The Northwest Hall, opened in September, 1938, contains eighty-seven single rooms and thirteen double suites. Cary Hall South, the main unit for the Residence Halls for Men, was completed and opened for occupancy in September, 1939. It accommodates four hundred and forty-six men in three hundred and twenty single rooms and sixty-three double rooms and double suites. The Halls are attractive, fireproof buildings of brick and stone built upon a site given to the University by Professor and Mrs. George Spitzer. Next to the northwest corner of the main campus, at the head of the city bus line on University Street, and directly adjacent to the Fieldhouse, the Ross-Ade Stadium, the University Golf Course, and the varsity baseball diamond, and one block from the University tennis courts and the intramural sports field, they are ideally situated for men’s residence halls. Cary Quadrangle was renovated starting in the summer of 2000 with completion in the summer of 2006. The renovation included upgraded electrical, plumbing, heating/ventilation and telecommunication utilities in the living and community spaces in each of the Cary Quadrangle buildings. East, Northeast, West and Northwest buildings had all student rooms converted into air conditioned suites, which included adding bathrooms between every two rooms. The total cost for the Cary renovation was $53.6 million.

Note written by Margaret Sheble


6.30 Cubic Feet (4 Cubic Foot Boxes 1 Half-Width Legal Size Document Box 1 Full-Width Legal Size Document Box 2 Manuscript Letter Size Boxes 1 Flat Box 1 Oversized Folder Housed in a Communal Box)


The collection is arranged in the nine following series:
  1. Photos
  2. Events and Activities
  3. Budgets
  4. Residence Directories and Maps
  5. Correspondence
  6. Residence Hall Pamphlets
  7. Newspaper Articles
  8. Administration Documentation
  9. Oversized Objects and Artifacts

Accruals and Additions

20110804.1, 20140827, 20150701, 20160222.1

Related Materials

Charles C. Roberts Photographs, 1946 – 1949 The Charles C. Roberts photographs documents Roberts’ student and family life as a student at Purdue University from 1946-1949. Included in the collection are photographs of campus buildings such as Cary Quad, Purdue Memorial Union, Hovde Hall and Heavilon Hall. Also included in the collection are photographs of students wearing the Senior Cords. Among the photographs are images of Roberts family and home life. The Charles C. Roberts papers are organized into one series and kept in original order: Personal and Purdue campus photographs Fowler Courts Residence Hall records, 1954 - 1993 The Fowler Courts Residence Hall records document the history of Fowler Courts Residence Hall and Fowler House. The records include annual reports, orientation guidebooks and handbooks, faculty fellow directories, yearbooks and calendars. Also included are Purdue Residence Hall dress code standards and guest hours polices from the 1960s-1980s. Historical documents consist of background information on the closing of Harrison Street Courts and the transition to South Campus Courts, the naming of Fowler Courts, Fowler Courts awards and scholarships and the Courtier crest. Various memorabilia include a booklet compiled by former residents and staff, newsletters and programs. Photographs dating back to the Fowler Poultry Science Building are included; Fowler House, the area that became the kitchen and dining area for Fowler Courts residents used to be the old poultry show pavilion Purdue University Customs and Traditions collection, 1877-1997. The Purdue University Customs and Traditions collection features, among other memorabilia, a tank scrap chain and padlock from 1913, a label from the first bottle of beer served to a Purdue student after the repeal of prohibition, numerous buttons and pins, including a hatpin with the Purdue seal from 1895 on it (third design), a Reamer’s Club “R” from the early 1990s, a Purdue Murad cigarette silk, a 1902-1903 matriculation ticket signed by Purdue President Winthrop E. Stone, along with Junior Promenade dance cards from 1916, 1918, 1922 and Purdue Panhellenic Council Formal, 1921 Some of the pertinent historical information in the collection includes a description of the tank scrap tradition and an information card on the Heavilon Hall clock.  Some of the booklets and brochures include; “Purdue University: this booklet contains answers to some questions you may have asked about,” by T.R. Johnston and J.C. Baker, drawings and etchings by Mrs. Betty Lark-Horovitz and Fredrick Polley, 1931.  “Purdue’s Tradition: Scholastic Honesty” and “Honesty,” both written by Purdue President Edward C. Elliott in the early 1940s. “The Story of Purdue’s Traditions,” written by Mary Bowlby and Mary Gannon in 1944.  Correspondence includes an account written by 1935 alum, Andrew K. Kolar, describing the circumstances behind the post-prohibition beer bottle label he donated. Numerous programs from the early 1900s-1940s for Purdue events are included. There are programs/dance cards from the 1941 and 1943 Women’s Residence Halls Spring Formal and the 1941 and 1942 Military Ball, donated by Gloria Francke.  She also donated a newsletter, The Promenader, 1939 - Special Edition and 1940 and program from the 1942 Junior Promenade.  Another newsletter, The Clarion: the voice of Cary Club, 1947-1948 is found in the collection. Lastly, an undated editorial, “Fair Play,” which concerns the freshmen/senior mustache tradition rounds out the collection. The last series contains historical information and correspondence in regards to three key Purdue athletic traditions; the Old Oaken Bucket, the “Cannon” trophy and the Boilermaker Special.  Types of materials include: artifacts, booklets, buttons, clippings, correspondence, and an editorial on the freshmen/senior mustache tradition, a hatpin with the 1895 Purdue seal on it, invitations, memorabilia, post-prohibition beer label, and residence hall newsletters Purdue University Office of the Architect records, 1902 – 1940s Includes construction documents, cost schedules, minutes, correspondence, blueprints, notes on early Purdue buildings and building name changes, brochures, and ephemera relating to buildings on the Purdue University West Lafayette campus, 1930s-1940s. Includes information on buildings funded through the Public Works Administration, bond issues, and correspondence with legislators relating to funding for projects. Purdue University Rules and Regulations Governing Students collection, circa 1880 – 1950 The Purdue University Rules and Regulations Governing Students collection documents some of the earliest Purdue student rules and regulations. Among the collection are various “Rules and Regulations Governing Students” brochures; pledge forms regulating behavior, “Matriculation Regulations and Pledge,” a 1913 Regulations for the Government of Athletics and “Manual of the Corps of Instruction,” 1914. Some of the unique rules and regulations found in the collection are; Dormitory Regulations from 1890; “Rules and Regulations Governing living in the Franklin Levering Cary Memorial Hall,” the first building of Cary Quadrangle (i.e. students could purchase 2 pillow cases and 4 sheets for $5.00, and the University would launder those); the first rules governing motor vehicle usage (1936), “Regulations Relative to Students Operating Motor Vehicles While Attending Purdue University” and a 1939 “Honor and Honesty” brochure.


Cary Quadrangle Residence Hall Records
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Margaret Sheble & Jon Hathaway
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Second edition.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States