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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 collection documents 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; two binders and one folder of dessert recipes for Purdue residence halls, either hand written or collected from food packages, newspapers, or magazines; and other related documents including 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 is held by Purdue University. 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 letter-size manuscript box)

Language of Materials



Harriet J. Potter residence hall recipes and photographs collection is arranged in three series.
  1. Photographs
  2. Recipies
  3. Related Documents

Physical Access Information

The contents of the folders and binders are fragile and should be handled with care. Many recipes that are clippings from other sources are tucked loosely within the pages of the binder.

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. Photographs were removed from the paper sleeved and placed in archival photo sleeves in the same order, and housed within an acid-free folder. Documents with multiple pages have been grouped with plasic paper clips. All materials are housed within an acid-free box.
Harriet J. Potter residence hall recipes and photographs
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E. Sandgren
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Edition statement
First edition.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States