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Hepburn and Sears papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSF 503

Scope and Contents

This collection contains information compiled by William Hepburn and Louis Martin Sears for an unpublished book on the history of Purdue's academic departments: Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, the Engineering Experiment Station, Engineering Extension Service, Agriculture, Indiana Experiment Station, Agricultural Extension, Pharmacy, Home Economics, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Education, English, History and Economics, Modern Languages, Practical Mechanics, and S.A.T.C. (education curricula for army and navy students).


  • 1922 - 1928


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

This collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright held by Purdue University.

Biographical Information

William M. Hepburn was Librarian at Purdue University from 1904 to 1944. He led the system through construction of the General Library in 1913, a major stack addition in 1934, and the creation in the 1920s of departmental libraries for agriculture, biology, chemical engineering, chemistry, mathematics, pharmacy, and physics. Hepburn also co-authored a history of Purdue and served as bibliographer and curator for the Goss Library of the History of Engineering.

Louis Martin Sears joined the history faculty of Purdue University in 1920. Sears became an associate professor at Purdue in 1922, and was promoted to a full professor of history in 1925. In 1953, Sears received the Sigma Delta Chi “Best Teacher” award, and he was commencement speaker to the 1955 graduating class of Purdue University. Sears authored several history texts and numerous journal articles, primarily relating to United States diplomatic history.

Hepburn and Sears worked together to author "Purdue University: 50 Years of Progress" and drafted other information about Purdue history.


0.363 Cubic Feet (One full-width letter-size manuscript box)

Acquisition Information

Date and source of acquisition are unknown.

Processing Information

Collection material was re-foldered into archival folders, paperclips were removed, and chapter numbers were added to folder titles. Original order was maintained.
Hepburn and Sears papers
Sarah Kenny
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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