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John M. Houkes papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 541

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the papers of John Houkes. Materials primarily relate to the Purdue Business School (Krannert School of Business) and the Management and Economics Library, including the Krannert Special Collection of books on economics history. The papers include information on business schools, Joseph Dagnese, Dean John Day, gifts to the Library, annual meetings and committees. Please see PDF Finding Aid for collection inventory.


  • 1964 - 1983


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

This collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyrights held by Purdue University.

Biographical Information

John M. "Dutchman" Houkes was born in 1922. After a ten-year business career working for a Dutch steamship line, joined the Purdue Libraries as the first head of the Management and Economics Library. During his tenure he built the rare books collection and compiled A Catalogue of Rare Books, Pamphlets and Journals on Business and Economics in the Krannert Library Special Collection 1500-1870. Using this collection as his primary resource library, he compiled this exhaustive bibliographic work on usury. Houkes was the first Head of the Krannert School of Management's Special Collection of Literature in Business and Economic History of the Purdue University in Indianapolis, Indiana. After his active life as a professor at Purdue, he and his wife, Maxence, retired to Naples, Florida. Houkes died there on December 10, 2006.
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10.417 Cubic Feet (Ten cubic foot boxes)

Processing Information

Materials have been housed in acid-free folders and boxes.
John M. Houkes papers
In Progress
Amanda Rumba and Archive Staff
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description first completed by Archives Staff at an unknown date.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-02: Collection identifier updated from 00000JH1 to MSF 541 by Adriana Harmeyer.
  • 2020-04-23: Collection description updated by Amanda Rumba to align with data entry standards.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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