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James R. Eaton photo album

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 2, Placement: 02
Identifier: MSA 284

Scope and Contents

The James R. Eaton photo album (1920-1925, 0.1 cubic feet) was created by Eaton while he was an undergraduate electrical engineering student at Purdue University.  Although Eaton took and preserved the pictures, there are some notations and captions present that were contributed at a later date by Eaton’s widow Ruth Eaton Lefler.  The photos document buildings on the University campus, greater West Lafayette, football games, May Day and other student activities, as well as an early running of the Indianapolis 500.  There are also a series of pictures of unidentified young men who are presumably Eaton’s friends.  Eaton himself is pictured at the end of this series, just before pictures of a football game.  Eaton arranged the photos into relatively well-defined topical sections: Purdue campus and buildings, greater West Lafayette, student life and activities.  This collection might be useful for researchers interested in Purdue campus in the early 1920s, student extracurricular activities of the same era, Purdue football, the landscape of West Lafayette, or the Indianapolis 500.  Although the captions and notes were added at a later date, they do seem to be fairly accurate and might at least provide a starting point for potential researchers.


  • 1920-1925
  • Other: Date acquired: 11/10/2013


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research

Biographical or Historical Information

Note written by Virginia Pleasant


0.10 Cubic Feet


Photo Album of pictures taken by James R. Eaton while an undergraduate student at Purdue University

Custodial History

Collection was donated to Purdue and subsequently moved to ASC.

Source of Acquisition

Ruth Eaton Lefler

Method of Acquisition


Processing Information

Whenever possible, original order of the materials has been retained. Loose pages have been placed in protective polyester sleeves and the front side of each page/sleeve numbered to preserve original order.  The album and sleeves have been placed in an acid free envelope and box.
James R. Eaton photo album
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Virginia Pleasant
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States