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The Purdue student newspaper (1880s) collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 245

Scope and Contents

Includes a complete run of The Purdue student newspaper of the 1880s, which ran from 1882-1888. A total of 54 issues appear in the collection, separated into six volumes. Volume 1 has eight issues, published monthly from November 1882 until June 1883. Volumes 2 through 6 have nine issues each, published monthly from October to June. There is also a Special Edition issue published in June 1888, in addition to the regularly published June issue for that year.

Also present in the collection is a ledger book documenting newspaper subscriptions and expenses.


  • November 1882 - June 1888


Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

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

Historical Information

The Purdue student newspaper of the 1880s was the second paper titled The Purdue; a student newspaper of the same name was published in 1875. The two papers were not related to one another. This iteration of The Purdue was a monthly subscription-based paper produced during the academic year, September through June, by the campus literary societies. Submissions were accepted by current students and graduates of the university. The newspaper included poetry, essays, news, "exchanges" (article sharing) listings of other university newspapers, area business advertisements, and information about alumni. The June issue of the newspaper was entitled as the "Commencement Number" each year to mark the end of the academic year and graduation of a new class. The final issue of The Purdue was published in June 1888. It was succeeded by the Purdue Exponent student newspaper, which began in December 1889.


1.768 Cubic Feet (One cubic foot box and two full-width letter-size manuscript boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged into two series.
  1. Newspaper Issues
  2. Ledger

Physical Access Information

Some material are fragile and should be handled with care.

Acquisition Information

Four issues of the 1888 Special Edition were donated by the family of "Daniel Royce" and his granddaughter Martha Royce Friberg on an unknown date. One previously bound volume containing a complete set of issues from volume 5 (1886-1887) was also donated by "Martha Royse Friburg" at an unknown date. One previously bound volume containing mostly complete sets of volumes 4-6 (1885-1888) was donated by W. F. M. Goss in 1917. An additional issue of the 1888 Special Edition was donated by Sherman Kessler on August 26, 1997. Source and date of acquisition of all other items are unknown.

Processing Information

A portion of materials were disbound from artifical binding due to conservation concerns. All items were placed into acid-free folders and acid-free boxes. When present, duplicate copies of each issue were foldered separately.
The Purdue student newspaper (1880s) collection
Under Revision
Neal Harmeyer and William Niner
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description first completed 2021-07-09.

Revision Statements

  • 2022-12-05: Updated collection description and notes, by William Niner

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States