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Keith Dowden papers

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 66, Placement: 05, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSF 520

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a copy of "A Little in Return," a compilation in honor of Constance M. Winchell, an American librarian who worked at Columbia University. A note accompanying a copy of "Jumping Jupiter" from Ernestine G. Gilbreth to Keith Dowden is also part of the collection.


  • 1976 - 1979


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright is held by Purdue University.

Biographical Information

Keith Dowden war born May 26, 1920 in Bristol, England. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Force. He received in Bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College and his Master's degree from Columbia University. He joined the Purdue University Libraries in 1951 and stayed there until his retirement in 1986. During his career at the Purdue Libraries he held various positions - reference assistant, head of reference services, assistant director of reader services, assistant director of resources and reference, and assistant director of special collections. He passed away at the age of 85 on June 12, 2005 in Lafayette, Indiana.


0.025 Cubic Feet (One folder in one letter-sized manuscript communal box.)

Acquisition Information

Donated by Ruth K. Dowden, November 7, 2012.

Separated Materials

A copy of "Jumping Jupiter" was separated from the collection and is now part of the Archives and Special Collections General Book Collection (PZ3.C1874 Ju 1953b).

Processing Information

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


Keith Dowden papers
Jennifer Sdunzik and Richard Bernier
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description was first completed on 2018-05-21

Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-06: Collection was revised by Richard Bernier to bring it up to current desciption standards.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States