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Purdue University Historical Materials, Gala Week

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 56
This collection consists of Gala Week booklets, which contain the schedule of events, to less formal schedules of events in the form of flyers.  The schedules begin in the 1930s, but there are none for the 1970s, and there are many gaps.

Dates

  • 1896-2003
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1916-1939

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Extent

1.20 Cubic Feet

3 mss. boxes other_unmapped

1.00 mss._boxes

1.00 mss._boxes

1.00 mss._boxes

Biographical or Historical Information

The term "Gala Week" seems to have been coined in 1904 by a joint committee of students and faculty.  Prior to that time it was referred to as "Commencement Week." Gala Week is a time of open houses for alumni, when they come back to campus to meet former classmates and welcome the graduating seniors as new alumni. The week usually opened with baccalaureate ceremonies, followed by a campus open house to show the University in operation.  There were days for ROTC reviews, athletic events, banquets, and dances.  On the last day of Gala Week was the Founders' Day Banquet and the senior-alumni dance. Gala Week used to begin the week before commencement, but after 1940 it was changed to the first week in May to coincide with the anniversary of the passage of the law to establish Purdue, 6 May 1869.  In 1910, during Gala week the alumni adopted the song "Back to Old Purdue" and the official song for alumni.

Note written by Sources: Story of Purdue's Traditions / Mary Bowlby and Mary Gannon; Gala Week program, 1904

Arrangement Note

Chronological.  The materials are separated in into three series: schedules, souvenir booklets, and other Gala Week materials.

Physical Access Requirements

Some of the booklets are tightly bound, so please take care when viewing.

Source of Acquisition

Donations from: Iden F. Richardson Sr. (1905 booklet); David L. Prentice (1908 booklet); Herbert C. Rose (1914 booklet)
Method of Acquisition Collected by Purdue University Libraries staff, or through alumni and faculty donation.

Accruals and Additions

This collection will be periodically added to as materials become available. More materials added 4/26/2013.

Existence and Location of Originals

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Related Materials

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Title
Purdue University Historical Materials, Gala Week
Author
Elizabeth  Wilkinson
Date
05/04/2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 09099999: Records updated 4/26/2013 Collection identifier updated from UA 34.03 to UA 56 as of December 8, 2016.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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