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Frank "Pappy" Fox collection

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 2, Placement: 13
Identifier: MSP 231


Annual appointment memorandums, personnel information, brochures, articles, photographs (copies), and obituary related to Fox and his employment in the Purdue Memorial Union, with a focus on the "Sweet Shop."


  • 1924-1999
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1920-1940s
  • Other: Date acquired: 07/06/2017


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

Frank G. Fox was the originator of the idea of a Sweet Shop in the Purdue Memorial Union and had been the mananger from 1925-1959. He started to work in the Union on January 1, 1925 as a barber. He became its manager, went on to the Sweet Shop, and for many years also handled various other facilities and duties in the Union, including the bowling alley. It has been said that "Pappy" served up sound advice and sympathy for student problems with his coffee, sandwiches and sodas, In return, the students showed great pride and respect for the Sweet Shop. Fox planned the original menu for the Sweet Shop which was never changed under his management. He developed his own chocolate sauce and blend of coffee. The early Sweet Shop's favorite and standard snack was a ham salad sandwich. "Pappy" dispensed 150 gallons of coffee per day and seven 40-gallon barrels of Coke™ per week. Everyone who worked with Mr. and Mrs. Fox saw their sincere interest and devotion to the student body. Many "Sweet Shop Coke™ dates" developed into romances under the happy guidance of "Pappy" and "Mammy" Fox. Fox was an honorary member of the Reamers Club on campus. Fox passed in 1966.

Note written by Mary Sego


1.00 folders

0.2 cubic feet other_unmapped

1.00 folders

Source of Acquisition

Bob Mindrum, former manager of the Purdue Memorial Union

Existence and Location of Originals

multi-part note content

Related Materials

Purdue Memorial Union records: Pappy's artifacts:

Processing Information

All material has been housed in archival folders.
Frank "Pappy" Fox collection
Mary A. Sego
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States