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Harriet J. Potter residence hall recipes and photographs

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSF 549

Scope and Contents

The Harriet J. Potter residence hall recipes and photographs document the work of Harriet J. Potter in Purdue University residence halls. The collection includes 12 wallet-sized black and white photographs of staff at the residence halls, dessert recipes for Purdue residence halls, and related documents. The recipes are either hand written or collected from food packages, newspapers, or magazines, and the related documents include a table of contents for each section of recipes, list of dates when Harriet Potter was employed at different residence halls, and informational guides about home economics topics and low calorie recipes.


  • 1943 - 1964


Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright for majority of the materials is held by Purdue University, but copyright for a portion of the materials held by original creator. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Harriet Jane Gooden Potter worked for Purdue University residence halls. Potter was born to Elizabeth and [James?] Gooden in Indiana on October 22, 1904. She grew up near Robert's Corner and lived in a farmhouse during her childhood. On December 2, 1945, she married Robert L. Potter. She worked for Purdue University in various residence halls from 1943 to 1964, and lived in Elston, Indiana while she was working at Purdue. Harriet Potter died on February 13, 1972, and is buried in Sickler Cemetery in Tippecanoe County.


0.363 Cubic Feet (One full-width letter-size manuscript box)

Language of Materials



Harriet J. Potter residence hall recipes and photographs collection is arranged in two series.
  1. Photographs
  2. Recipes and related documents

Physical Access Information

The contents of the collection are fragile and should be handled with care. Many recipes that are small clippings from other sources are interspersed among full size pages.

Acquisition Information

Collection materials donated by Cynthia A. Yeoman, niece of Harriet J. Potter, on March 10, 2011.


No further additions to the collection are expected.

Processing Information

The original order of the materials have been retained wherever possible. Materials were de-odorized in a micro-climate with activated charcoal, then completely vacuumed to treat for mold. Staples and pins were removed. The shoelaces that bound a group of papers in the orange folder have been replaced with hollow post screws.Documents with multiple pages have been grouped with plastic paper clips.Photographs were removed from paper sleeves and placed in archival photo sleeves in the same order, and were housed within an acid-free folder. Documents in Series 2 were removed from two binders and housed within acid-free folders, maintaining order and organization as indicated by tabs in the binders. Materials in Series 2 were placed in between sheets of acid free paper as necessary, and remain in the original order. All materials are housed within an acid-free box.
Harriet J. Potter residence hall recipes and photographs
E. Sandgren
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Edition statement
First edition.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States