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Lawrence A. Downs papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 96

Scope and Contents

The Lawrence A. Downs papers include a thesis with specification drawings, seven albums of news clippings documenting Downs's time working with the Central Illinois Railroad, and a scrapbook documenting his time at Purdue.


  • 1894 - 1939


Languages of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

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.

Biographical Information

Lawrence Aloysius Downs graduated from Purdue University in 1894 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Downs played on the champion 1892 and 1893 football teams and was a member of Chi Epsilon. In 1926, he became the president of the Illinois Central Railroad. He continued to work with railroad companies around the country until he retired.
Source: Purdue Engineer


2.65 Cubic Feet (Two cubic foot boxes, one half-width legal-size manuscript box, one full-width letter-size manuscript box)


Materials are arranged into three series.
  1. Scrapbook
  2. Clippings albums
  3. Papers

Acquisition Information

Scrapbook donated by Mary Downs Oakley in early 1978. Clippings albums donated by Oakley on October 11, 1978.

Processing Information

Items housed in acid-free boxes.
Lawrence A. Downs papers
Mary A. Sego and Jon Hathaway
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description was first completed 2011-10-07.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States