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Erling E. Kildahl scrapbooks and papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 480
The Erling E. Kildahl scrapbooks and papers contains thirteen scrapbooks compiled by Erling Kildahl. The scrapbooks contain information concerning the Purdue Theatre and Purdue Playshop productions, as well as the Lafayette Little Theatre and the Pasadena Playhouse. Newspaper clippings of the productions as well as set and cast photographs can be found in the scrapbooks. Journal articles that Professor Kildahl contributed to can be found within the collection as well.


  • 1944-1990


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


3.925 Cubic Feet (5 Small flat boxes 1 half letter size manuscript box 2 Large flat boxes)

Biographical Information

Erling (Gene) E. Kildahl was born March 20, 1917 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from Jamestown College in North Dakota in 1940 with a B.A. He received an MFA from the Pasadena Playhouse School of Theater in 1946 where he studied under Gilmor Brown. Kildahl spent two years directing at the Pasadena Playhouse before coming to Purdue University.

Prof. Kildahl headed the Theatre Section of the Creative Arts Department in the 1960s and transferred to the Speech Department where he taught Oral Interpretation until his retirement in 1983. He directed thirty-four productions while at Purdue. In 1964 he was selected as an outstanding director of Shakespearian productions and was a member of the national committee to celebrate the quadricentennial of the playwright's birth.

During his retirement he edited Westward We Came: A Norwegian Immigrant's Story, 1866-1898 based on his father's writings. Prof. Kildahl passed away on June 23, 2011.


The collection is arranged in the following three series:
  1. Scrapbooks
  2. Papers and Unbound Items
  3. Artifacts
Erling E. Kildahl scrapbooks and papers
Under Review
Elizabeth Wilkinson and Jon Hathaway
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description was first completed 2008-02-01.

Revision Statements

  • 2018-03-09: The collection was placed in new boxes and the description updated by Jon Hathaway.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States