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Joseph Burke Knapp scrapbook

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSA 335

Scope and Contents

The Joseph Burke Knapp scrapbook contains news clippings, programs, photogaphs, postcards, and other information related to Knapp's senior year at Purdue University.  A popular student and great athlete, much of the scrapbook consists of sports notes, news, photographs, items, pins, and ribbons attached in the beginning of the scrapbook as well as loose materials near the end of the scrapbook.  The scrapbook also includes details about the 1903 train wreck that claimed the lives of several Purdue football team members.


  • 1900 - 1905


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Physical Access Requirements

Scrapbook is in fragile condition and must be handled with care.

Copyright and Use Information

Material in this collection is in the public domain. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Joseph Burke Knapp was born in Evansville, Indiana on October 3, 1880 to Mary and Dr. Emil Knapp. Knapp enrolled at Purdue University in 1900 and became a well-known member of several atheltics teams. A member of the 1904 football team, Knapp was on the train carrying the Purdue squad that collided with another on October 31, 1903. Knapp sustained severe injuries to his knee from the crash and never played football again. However, he was able to complete his degree in civil engineering, graduating with his class in June 1904. Knapp went on to work for the United States Department of Agriculture. He pioneered work in transportation of food during World War I and eventually created his own company based in Portland, Oregon. Knapp died on July 9, 1954.


0.30 Cubic Feet (1 flat box)


Items have been arranged as received.

Method of Acquisition

Donation received October 14, 2014.

Processing Information

Scrapbook has been placed in an acid-free box.



Joseph Burke Knapp scrapbook
Amanda Burdick and Keertana Marella
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description was first completed 2017-08-03.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-27: Collection description updated by Keertana Marella

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States