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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


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

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

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


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


The material has been arranged intoare arranged into three series.
  1. Scrapbook
  2. Clippings albums
  3. Papers

Acquisition Information

The scrapbook was donated by Mary Downs Oakley in early 1978. The clippings albums were donated by Oakley on October 11, 1978.

Processing Information

The items have been housed in acid-free folders and acid-free boxes.
Lawrence A. Downs papers
Mary A. Sego and Jon Hathaway
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Edition statement
Third edition. Collection description was first completed 2011-10-07.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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