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B. L. Harvey scrapbook

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSA 390

Content Description

Scrapbook belonging to B.L. (Ben) Harvey of Lafayette, Indiana. The book was originally a ledger, with entries beginning in 1870. Later, it was used as a scrapbook by Harvey while at Purdue University from 1883 to 1889. Harvey appears to have been a student at Purdue from 1885-1888; however, there is not record of him graduating. Pasted on the pages of the ledger are newspaper clippings, ephemera, and articles related to activities at Purdue.

Highlights include College Programs and Memorial service programs for Purdue students Alanson Bryant Clark (d.1883) and William Summerfield Lingle (d. 1883). At these memorial services the President of Purdue as well as faculty spoke of the students. Additionally, there are programs for the annual entertainment from the Carlyle Literary Society, Carlyle Annual Reunion pamphlets, class of '87 and '89 poems, handwritten notes, and Purdue Alumni Association Annual Entertainment. There is also a partial excerpt from the SEATTLE Newspaper January 17, 1932, glued in the middle of the scrapbook, which includes a John McCutcheon cartoon depicting the aftermath of World War I titled "The Big Parade."


  • 1870 - 1880


Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Collection is in the public domain. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Benjamin L. Harvey, from Lafayette, Indiana, was a student at Purdue from 1885 to 1887 and left before graduating. As a student, he was involved in the Carlyle Literary Society and the Irving Society, and served as Editor-in-Chief of "The Purdue" student newspaper. In 1887 he was president of the Carlyle Literary Society.


0.30 Cubic Feet (One flat box)

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Acquisition Information

Scrapbook was acquired in March 2019.

Condition Description

Items are in good condition. There is some wear.

Processing Information

All materials have been rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes.
B. L. Harvey scrapbook
Grace Anderson
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Edition statement
First edition.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States