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Purdue University Customs and Traditions collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 151

Scope and Contents

The Purdue University Customs and Traditions collection (1877-1997; 1.60 cubic feet) features, among other memorabilia, a tank scrap chain and padlock from 1913, a label from the first bottle of beer served to a Purdue student after the repeal of prohibition, numerous buttons and pins, including a hatpin with the Purdue seal from 1895 on it (third design), a Reamer’s Club “R” from the early 1990s, a Purdue Murad cigarette silk, a 1902-1903 matriculation ticket signed by Purdue President Winthrop E. Stone, along with Junior Promenade dance cards from 1916, 1918, 1922 and Purdue Panhellenic Council Formal, 1921 Some of the pertinent historical information in the collection includes a description of the tank scrap tradition and an information card on the Heavilon Hall clock.  Some of the booklets and brochures include; “Purdue University: this booklet contains answers to some questions you may have asked about,” by T.R. Johnston and J.C. Baker, drawings and etchings by Mrs. Betty Lark-Horovitz and Fredrick Polley, 1931.  “Purdue’s Tradition: Scholastic Honesty” and “Honesty,” both written by Purdue President Edward C. Elliott in the early 1940s. “The Story of Purdue’s Traditions,” written by Mary Bowlby and Mary Gannon in 1944.  Correspondence includes an account written by 1935 alum, Andrew K. Kolar, describing the circumstances behind the post-prohibition beer bottle label he donated. Numerous programs from the early 1900s-1940s for Purdue events are included. There are programs/dance cards from the 1941 and 1943 Women’s Residence Halls Spring Formal and the 1941 and 1942 Military Ball, donated by Gloria Francke.  She also donated a newsletter, The Promenader, 1939 - Special Edition and 1940 and program from the 1942 Junior Promenade.  Another newsletter, The Clarion: the voice of Cary Club, 1947-1948 is found in the collection. Lastly, an undated editorial, “Fair Play,” which concerns the freshmen/senior mustache tradition rounds out the collection. The last series contains historical information and correspondence in regards to three key Purdue athletic traditions; the Old Oaken Bucket, the “Cannon” trophy and the Boilermaker Special. Types of materials include: artifacts, booklets, buttons, clippings, correspondence, and an editorial on the freshmen/senior mustache tradition, a hatpin with the 1895 Purdue seal on it, invitations, memorabilia, post-prohibition beer label, and residence hall newsletters. The collection is organized into 4 series:

Dates

  • 1877-1997
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1880-1940

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Purdue University

Extent

1.60 Cubic Feet

1 small flat grey box and 3 mss boxes other_unmapped

Abstract

This collection features artifacts and other memorabilia related to Purdue student customs and traditions. Included are Purdue student brochures, booklets written by Edward C. Elliott, various programs, a matriculation ticket signed by Winthrop E. Stone, a label from the first bottle of beer served to a Purdue student after the repeal of prohibition, early residence hall newsletters and other memorabilia. Also includes historical information and correspondence in regards to 3 key Purdue Athletic traditions; the Old Oaken Bucket, the “Cannon” trophy and the Boilermaker Special.

Arrangement Note

1.  Memorabilia, 1895-1933 (0.45 cubic feet).  This series contains a tank scrap chain and padlock from 1913, a label from the first bottle of beer served to a Purdue student after the repeal of prohibition, numerous button and pins, including a hatpin with the Purdue seal from 1895 on it (third design), a Reamer’s Club “R” from the early 1990s, a Purdue Murad cigarette silk, a 1902-1903 matriculation ticket signed by Purdue President Winthrop E. Stone, along with Junior Promenade dance cards from 1916, 1918, 1923 and Purdue Panhellenic Council Formal, 1921. 2.  Historical Information, 1903-1997 (0.45 cubic feet).  The historical information, in this series describes the tank scrap tradition, information on “silks” and an information card on the Heavilon Hall clock.  Some of the booklets and brochures include; “Purdue University: this booklet contains answers to some questions you may have asked about,” by T.R. Johnston and J.C. Baker, drawings and etchings by Mrs. Betty Lark-Horovitz and Fredrick Polley, 1931.  “Purdue’s Tradition: Scholastic Honesty” and “Honesty,” both written by Purdue President Edward C. Elliott in the early 1940s. “The Story of Purdue’s Traditions,” written by Mary Bowlby and Mary Gannon in 1944.  Along with a photocopied, “Campus Encyclopedia,” from Purdue University Alumni Record and Campus Encyclopedia, volume 29, no. 12, June 1929.  Correspondence includes an account written by 1935 alum, Andrew K. Kolar, describing the circumstances behind the post-prohibition beer bottle label he donated. 3.  Programs, Invitations, Newsletter and Calendar, 1877-1951 (0.45 cubic feet).  The third series contains numerous programs, including “Junior Exhibition” and “Junior Entertainment, “Sophomore Picnic,” Class Day Exercises, “Mechanics Burning,” Purdue Circus, 1915 Homecoming, Purdue University Commencement, May Day Pageant, and various Dad’s Day items.  There are programs/dance cards from the 1941 and 1943 Women’s Residence Halls Spring Formal and the 1941 and 1942 Military Ball, donated by Gloria Francke.  She also donated a newsletter, The Promenader, 1939 - Special Edition and 1940 and program from the 1942 Junior Promenade.  Another newsletter, The Clarion: the voice of Cary Club, 1947-1948 is also contained in this series. An undated editorial, “Fair Play,” in regards to freshmen/senior mustache tradition rounds out this series. 4.  Athletics, 1920s-1959 (0.2 cubic feet). This series is comprised to historical information and correspondence related  to the Old Oaken Bucket, Purdue vs. Indiana University rivalry; the “Cannon” trophy, Purdue vs. University of Illinois rivalry and information on Purdue’s Boilermaker Special mascot.

Source of Acquisition

Legacy items; donors various and unknown.

Existence and Location of Originals

multi-part note content

Processing Information

All materials have been housed in polyester sleeves, acid-free folders, and acid-free boxes.  Memorabilia (artifacts) have been separated and grouped into an individual series for preservation purposes.  Most items have been placed in chronological order within each series.
Title
Purdue University Customs and Traditions collection
Status
In Progress
Author
Mary A. Sego
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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