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Pete Bill Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSF 506

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a set of five tin cups/mugs that are part of a Class of 1910 50th Anniversary collection.  Each metal cup is decorated with scenes of Purdue and the class of 1910 crest. The postcard shows the "Marmora," one of the famous "Eddy Clocks" locotmotives. It became part of the Railway Museum at Purdue University in 1907. The Purdue Collection was transferred to the National Museum of Transport at St. Louis in 1951.


  • 1960 - 1960
  • Other: Postcard of Locomotive was transferred to the Libraries by Robert (Pete) Bill on October 3, 2017.

Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

This collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Portions of material in this collection are in the public domain. Other material copyrights held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Dr. Robert "Pete" Bill is a Purdue Veterinary Medicine alumnus who earned his DVM degree in 1980 and then entered private veterinary practice as a small animal practitioner. He also started teaching at Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). In 1985, he received his MS degree from IUPUI and returned to Purdue’s West Lafayette campus as a graduate instructor and David Ross Fellow in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He earned his PhD at Purdue in 1990 and became a visiting assistant professor of clinical pharmacology and assistant to the director of the College’s Veterinary Technology Program. Dr. Bill rose through the academic ranks, becoming a tenured associate professor in 1995 and a full professor in 2007.

Dr. Bill also had a great interest in veterinary technology, and eventually became the director of the Veterinary Technology Program. He also spearheaded the development of the Veterinary Technology Distance Learning Program, which became the first totally online degree that Purdue offered.

Dr. Bill also received the university’s Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and was inducted into the Purdue Teaching Academy. Then in 2015 he received the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges’ Distinguished Teacher Award, presented by Zoetis. He was named Professor Emeritus of Basic Medical Sciences. Dr. Bill served as the president of the Veterinary Technology Educators Association and was also on the accrediting body for six years. Dr. Bill collects numerous items relating to Purdue and Purdue history. 
Source: Robert "Pete" Bill. Purdue University Press. />

Doerr, Kevin. "Retirement Reception Honors Dr. Pete Bill." College of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University. />


0.4 Cubic Feet (Shoe box.) : 5 items

Acquisition Information

Collection materials donated by Dr. (Robert) "Pete" Bill.

Processing Information

Materials have been housed in acid-free folder and box.
Pete Bill collection
Amanda Rumba, Richard R. Bernier and Jennifer Sdunzik
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Edition statement
Third edition. Collection description was first completed 2017-09-06 by Richard Bernier. Description updated 2017-12-19 by Jennifer Sdunzik.

Revision Statements

  • 2017-12-19: Addition 1 added to the resource record by Jennifer Sdunzik.
  • 2020-04-22: Collection description updated by Amanda Rumba to align with data entry standards.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States