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John Cleland papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 393

Scope and Contents

The John Cleland papers include materials on the Purdue University College of Agriculture and dairy making in Indiana, with a focus on the Purdue University Creamery. Materials include pre-publication manuscripts written by Cleland, Purdue Swiss-type cheese recipes, and artifacts related to the Purdue University Creamery, including: cheese and butter wrapper labels; a glass milk bottle and paper bottle caps; and a cottage cheese container.

Also included are a can of Purdue Hybrid pop corn, a program for the 58th annual meeting of the American Dairy Science Association held at Purdue, and three publications by former Purdue faculty members:

Norman, Hubert E. Van (1908). First Lessons in Dairying. New York, New York: Orange Judd Company.

Hunziker, Otto Frederick (1940). The Butter Industry, 3rd edition. La Grange, Illinois: Otto Frederick Hunziker.

Hunziker, Otto Frederick (1949). Condensed Milk and Milk Powder, 7th edition. La Grange, Illinois: Otto Frederick Hunziker.


  • 1908 - 2017
  • Majority of material found within circa 1930s - 1960s


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

John M. Cleland was born on April 29, 1951, in Rochester, IN. After graduating from Rochester High School in 1969, he attended Purdue University, graduating with a B.S. in Animal Science in 1973. After graduation, John worked for Genetic Plus for five years, before spending the next 31 years teaching Biology at Zionsville High School.

In 2004, John received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, the highest honor bestowed by the governor of Indiana. In 2014, Purdue awarded him with the Department of Animal Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2018, John published “Ice Cream Cones as Casualties,” a book on the history of the Purdue Creamery. John passed away on February 7, 2022.

John’s research and collection focuses on the Purdue Creamery (1913-1969), which provided research and training opportunities to the staff and students of Purdue’s dairy program. In addition, produce created as a result of these activities, such as milk, cheese, and butter, were later sold on campus and to local grocery stores.


0.958 Cubic Feet (One letter-size half-width manuscript box and one flat box)

Language of Materials



Materials are arranged chronologically by material type.

Physical Access Information

Artifacts and documents are in good condition. Book materials are fragile and should be handled with care.

Acquisition Information

Materials donated in installments by John Cleland on July 27, 2017, October 20, 2017, and January 05, 2022.

Processing Information

Materials placed in acid-free folders and boxes. Enclosurers made to house fragile books.
John Cleland papers
William Niner
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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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