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Heating and Power Plant records

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 61, Placement: 08
Identifier: UA 139

Scope and Contents

The Heating and Power Plant records contain one 1925 article describing the new power plant constructed at Purdue to meet the growing needs of the university.


  • 1925


Languages of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright held by Purdue University.

Historical Information

The Power Plant, also known as Power Plant Number 2 or North Power Plant, was built in order to meet the growing needs of the University to supply its buildings with light and power in the most economically responsible way.

On April 19, 1932, there was a fire in the addition or the building. The "damage was not serious, most of it consisted of burned pipe covering; that two grinders had warped and would probably have to be replaced; and that the loss, fully covered by insurance, might reach $20,000.00." The actual cost of damage was about $7000. On February 12, 1938, the chimney was damaged due to a lightning strike.

In 1939, 2 new boilers and a new 2500 KW turbo generation were added to keep up with the growing need of the university. In 1970 the University started to abandon this power plant because the South Plant was becoming much more efficient.

Source: Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes


0.025 Cubic Feet (One folder)

Acquisition Information

Source and date of acquisition are unknown.

Processing Information

Collection housed in acid-free folder.


Heating and Power Plant records
Jon Hathaway
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Edition statement
First edition.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States