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Otis E. Griner papers

 Collection — Box: Box 1
Identifier: MSA 129

Scope and Contents

The papers of Otis Edward Griner (1911-1916) include one photograph album and two folders. The majority of the album is composed of black and white photographs, a few cyanotypes, and a few newspaper clippings documenting Otis Griner's time as a student at Purdue University, 1911-1914.  Included in the collection are a Purdue tank scrap marshal ribbon (1913), and photographs of a variety of local and Purdue events, such as automobile races, the mechanics burning tradition, the Purdue Circus, May Day festivities, the Canoe Club, Indianapolis 500 race (1913), various Purdue student stunts, Phi Si Rag-Time May Dancers, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house and members, wrestling squad (1914), flooding in Lafayette (1913), and the Tippecanoe Battle Ground memorial, images from Happy Hollow, and the 1914 Mechanical Engineering group photograph. Newspaper clippings include Elmer Oliphant's last football game (1913), automobiles testing at Purdue (circa 1914), and a clipping on R.P. Laporte, captain of Purdue Cross Country Club. A 1915 Purdue Homecoming program is also included and a 1914 Gala Week program.


  • 1911 - 1916


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Some material in this collection are in the public domain, while other material copyrights are held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Otis Edward Griner was born in Middlebury, Indiana, on April 11, 1892. He graduated from Purdue University in 1914 with a degree in mechanical engineering. While at Purdue, he joined the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. In 1917, he enlisted in the Army at Ft. Myers, Virginia, later serving as 1st Lieutentant of the 314th Field Artillery in France and Germany. He was discharged on June 7, 1919, from Camp Lee, Virginia. After the war he worked as a sales represernataive for the Barndall Co. and lived in Plymouth, Indiana. He married Edna Marie Boyle on June 30, 1920, in Indianapolis. They had two children, Mary Frances and John Edward. Otis E. Griner died on January 18, 1941, in Decatur, Illinois.


0.20 Cubic Feet (1 half-width letter-size manuscript box)

Arrangement Note

The photo album is first in the box, followed by a folder of loose items from the album, and then a folder with the Gala Week program.

Physical Access Requirements

Handle photo album with care.

Custodial History

Remained in the Griner family until donated to the archives. Judith Pask is the granddaughter of Otis Griner.

Source of Acquisition

Collection donated by Reverend Wayne Pask and Judith Pask on September 9, 2008.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of materials are available for research use. See our digital collections database e-Archives: Otis E. Griner papers
Otis E. Griner papers
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Second edition

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States