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John H. Ehresman papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 302

Content Description

This collection contains materials that belonged to John Ehresman, a student who attended the Purdue Preparatory School in 1893-94 and attended Purdue University during the 1894-1896 academic years. Items include class notes, personal essays, commonplace book, engineering drawings and lab notes. This collection will be helpful to researchers interested in Purdue's early mechanical engineering education curriculum and farming practices of the late 1800s.


  • circa 1894-1896


Access Information

This collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Collection materials are in the public domain.

Biographical Information

John H. Ehresman was born on June 19, 1868, near Monitor, Indiana, and lived in the area for the majority of his life. He attended Purdue University's Preparatory Academy during the 1893-1894 academic year. Ehresman then enrolled directly into Purdue University from 1894 to 1897 and took courses in Mechanical Engineering, although there is no record of him beginning his senior year or graduating from Purdue. The final records on his transcript are from the fall semester of 1896. He worked as a farmer in Perry Township, and in 1912 he married Lillie Tucker. They had a son, William, before she died in 1918. He was a member of the Buck Creek Methodist Church, and was living in Buck Creek, Indiana, at the time of his death. He died on November 9, 1961, at the Goodwill Nursing Home in Camden, Indiana.
The majority of this information was sourced from Purdue University records and the November 10, 1961 obituary in the Journal and Courier, Lafayette, Indiana. Date of birth supplied by collection donor.)


0.349 Cubic Feet (One flat box)

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Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Susan McCallister, granddaughter of John H. Ehresman, on August 10, 2018.

Condition Description

Items are in fair condition.

Processing Information

The original order of the materials has been retained whenever possible. All materials have been housed in acid-free folders and acid-free boxes. Four items were found inside the front and back covers of the "Chemistry Lecture Notebook." The two inside the front cover consisted of a pamphlet, "Corona Spray Chart," and a typed "Home Orchard Spray Schedule." These were unfolded and placed in an acid free folder. The first item inside the back cover was also placed in this folder. It is an article entitled "Auto Deaths," from an undated "Pathfinder" publication. It was in very fragile condition, so it was photocopied and replaced in the folder. The second item inside the back cover was a personal essay on the human condition. This was placed in the folder containing the other personal essays that John H. Ehresman had written.
John H. Ehresman papers
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Amanda Rumba
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States