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Occupy Purdue Movement records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 166

Scope and Contents

The collection documents materials associated with the Occupy Purdue protest movement which centered heavily around topics such as white supremacy and women's and minority empowerment. The collection may be useful for researchers interested in student protests in the twenty-first century.


  • 2017


Language 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 Occupy Purdue Movement was born in the Spring semester 2017. In the Fall 2016, Purdue University witnessed fascist propaganda posters displayed across campus. Because campus administration failed to publicly condemn the posters, students, faculty and staff rallied in front of Hovde Hall presenting the University administration with a list of five demands, including a public denunciation of the posters, an investigation into who placed the posters on campus, and the reinstatement of the Chief Diversity Officer. As the university neither met nor recognized the demands of the group, students met for another protest on January 20, 2017. During this protest, students, faculty and staff determined to occupy Hovde Hall during business hours until the university leadership either issued a public statement agreeing to the demands or agreed to a meeting with the group. After 91 days of occupation, the university agreed to meet many of the demands. The Spring semester concluded with Occupy Purdue receiving the LGBTQ Center Outstanding Organization Award 2017.


0.8 Cubic Feet (Four folders, one oversize folder)


Records are arranged into five files:
  1. Demands, speaker lists, meeting minutes
  2. Brochures and artifacts
  3. Literary works presented and discussed during occupation
  4. Flyers and posters
  5. Posters displayed during occupation

Acquisition Information

The collection was transferred by the Occupy Purdue Movement via Michelle Campbell, May 3, 2017.

Processing Information

All materials have been housed in acid-free folders and acid-free boxes.



Occupy Purdue Movement records
Jennifer Sdunzik
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States