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Thomas W. Wilmeth papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 357
The Thomas W. Wilmeth papers (1931-1937; 2.5 cubic ft.) documents the professional life of Purdue alumni, Thomas Wilmeth. The types of materials are textbooks, written course notes, directories amd brochures.


  • Majority of material found within 1930s


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Access Information

The collection is open for research.


2.5 Cubic Feet (Collection is housed in two cubic foot boxes and one manuscript box (0.5 cubic feet). )


This collection contains materials that are pertaining to the life of Thomas W. Wilmeth when he was a student at Purdue University. It mostly covers his course notes and textbooks.

Biographical Information

Thomas W. Wilmeth (1912-2015) was a Purdue alumnus. The University recognized him for his encouragement of using published research to aid the growth of industrial methods and engineering processes to overcome global challenges. The Thomas S. and Harvey D. Wilmeth Active Learning Center was dedicated to both Thomas and his brother Harvey, also a Purdue alumnus, as an appreciation for their longstanding philanthropic support of the Purdue University Libraries.

Wilmeth was born on October 2, 1913 in Indianapolis. While his father was part of the U.S. Army Infantry, serving in Europe during WWI, his mother and grandmother, both math teachers, took care of him and provided him with a head start to his education. Hence, he was able to join as an undergraduate at the Electrical Engineering department at the age of sixteen. During his time in Purdue, he was the business manager of the Purdue yearbook, Debris, and a member of Alpha Chi Rho, Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu.

Having an inclination towards entrepreneurship since the age of ten, which was when he started his first business of selling hot-roasted peanuts, Wilmeth and his brother went on to set up Scot Industries Inc. in 1949. After going through failures with ten different businesses, Scot Industry was able to attain international level prestige for quality and technological leadership in the specialty tubing and bar business. Thomas’ engineering and design skills played an important role in increasing the quality and reducing the costs of the products.
Sources: Purdue News Website -;

Acquisition Information

Collection was donated by Dean James L. Mullins, a gift of Steven L. Wilmeth (son of Thomas W. Wilmeth) on October 18, 2017. An addition was made on April 25, 2018.

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Processing Information

Whenever possible, original order of the materials has been maintained. All materials have been housed in acid-free folders and acid-free boxes.



Thomas W. Wilmeth papers, 1931-1937
Aarthi Devarajan
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States