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Student photo album, 1930s

 Collection — Box: Box 1
Identifier: MSP 22

Scope and Contents

The Student photo album, 1930s (1933-1940, 0.2 cubic feet) documents the activities of a student at Purdue University in the 1930s.  In addition to pictures of Purdue campus buildings, there are pictures of the student and several friends in various settings around greater Lafayette and various other cities.  The creator of the album is currently undetermined.  However, judging from the subject matter within the album he was likely involved with the ROTC at Purdue as well as a member of Phi Kappa Sigma.  The creator is pictured several times throughout the album, labeled only as “me”.  There are several other individuals in the album who are named, usually by surname only. Additional pictures document participation in ROTC and farm work, as well as the Winnie Mae airplane.  On the last two pages of the album, there are ticket stubs from several different sporting events at Purdue and in Chicago.  Early pictures in the album indicate that the creator of the album attended Pullman Technical High School in Chicago, Illinois and may have belonged to the class of 1933 there.  This collection might be useful for researchers interested in Purdue University and its buildings, Phi Kappa Sigma, ROTC in the 1930s, material culture of the post-depression era, extracurricular activities of students in this era, and the history of the Purdue Airfield and the Winnie Mae.  Types of materials include: black and white photographs, photo album, and ticket stubs.  In a separate folder, there are photocopies of photographs that were previously removed from the album; these copies are of individual pictures as well as the pictures in page context (before they were removed from the album by a previous owner).  Photos that have come loose from the album pages have been sleeved and remain where they were found in the album.


  • 1933-1940
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1935-1936
  • Other: Date acquired: 12/10/2013

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Purdue University, Clark County Museum (Henderson, NV)

Biographical or Historical Information

Note written by Virginia Pleasant


0.20 Cubic Feet

1 mss box other_unmapped

1.00 mss._boxes


Black and white photographs documenting Purdue campus, student life, and extracurricular activities in the 1930s, as well as ticket stubs from the same era

Custodial History

Acquired by the Clark County Museum in Henderson, Nevada and subsequently donated to ASC by the Suzanne Turgeon (the registrar of the Clark County Museum).

Source of Acquisition

Suzanne Turgeon

Method of Acquisition


Existence and Location of Originals

multi-part note content

Related Materials

Original pictures of the Winnie Mae can be found in: Joseph D. Pierce papers- addition, 1935, Karnes Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

Processing Information

Whenever possible, original order of the materials has been retained.  All materials have been housed in polyester sleeves, acid-free folders, and acid-free boxes.
Student photo album, 1930s
Virginia Pleasant
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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