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Henry Gerald Venemann papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 551

Content Description

Materials created, written, and collected by Henry Gerald Venemann when he was a Purdue student and Faculty in Mechanical Engineering. Also includes materials collected and written about him after his death. Includes book, newspaper clippings, certificates, photographs, letters, and a sweater.


  • 1906 - 2010


Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Portions of material in this collection are in the public domain. Other material copyrights held by Purdue University or original creator. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Henery Gerald Venemann, son of Robert Venemann and Jennie Gerald, born on 3 Mar 1884 in Avon, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA. He entered Purdue as a student and after spending three years at Purdue, he transferred to Colorado University where he received his B.S, M.E. and taught for one year. He spent his next years at Harvard where he worked on a refrigerating thesis. He started his practical work as a chief engineer for the El Paso Ice and Coal Co. and later served in a like capacity for Colorado Springs, and Des Moines Ice and Cold Storage Co. In 1917, he entered sales work with the Baker Ice Machine Co. of Omaha, Nebraska and in 1920 was made General Sales Manager. He also served as a chief engineer for the Frick Ice Machine Co. In 1929, he joined the Mechnanical Engineering School at Purdue as an Associate Professor of Refrigeration and taught until 1954. He died on 15th Oct 1954 in West Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA.


1 Cubic Feet (one half-width legal-size manuscript box)

Language of Materials


Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Gerald V. Lyles on 18th October 2012

Materials Specific Details

The P Sweater was given to Venemann after a long wait of 42 years, in 1947. It was given to him as he made quite a name for himself at Purdue's Track Annals.

Processing Information

All materials have been housed in acid-free folders and acid-free boxes
Henry Gerald Venemann papers
Venemann, Henry Gerald papers
In Progress
Siddhant Mehta
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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