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Purdue Auto Club scrapbook

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 178

Scope and Contents

The Purdue Auto Club scrapbook documents the activities of the club including call-outs, officers, members, "point standings," rally and slalom events, and event and club memorabilia. The scrapbook contains the club's newsletter, "The Front Line," which also provides details of the club's activities. 

Types of materials included in the scrapbook are: by-laws, constitution, flyers, event memorabilia, newsletters, press releases, and records.


  • 1973 - 1979


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright held by Purdue University.

Historical Information

The constitution of the Purdue Auto Club (PAC) was approved by the Dean of Students Office in October of 1979. The Club was in existence before this time, but the Dean of Students Office fully recognized the club and entitled it to all of the rights and privileges of campus organizations at this time.

As stated in the constitution, "The general purpose of the Club shall be to encourage the preservation, ownership, and operation of cars; to establish rules and regulations covering all activities of the Club; to provide and regulate events and exhibitions for cars and their owners; to encourage safe and skillful driving on public highways; and to own real and personal property as incidental to the foregoing purposes."

One of the activities of the Club in the early years was the sponsorship of the Purdue Grand Prix. The race needed a student organization to sponsor it, and beginning in 1958, the Purdue Auto Club was the original sponsor and governing body of the Purdue Grand Prix. However, upon the disbandment of the Purdue Auto Club, the longevity of the Grand Prix race was threatened. The student body wanted the Grand Prix to continue and so it was decided that a new organization needed to be formed to manage the race. The final draft of the Grand Prix Foundation's constitution was approved on November 9, 1965 and the Grand Prix Foundation has been the sanctioning body of the race since.

Per details in the scrapbook detailing the Club's activities, The Purdue Auto Club also sponsored running events for cars, not necessarily sports cars or fast cars. Events held were "Gymkhanas" (slalom), Rallies and Auto shows for skill and fun.

Little information is available about the Club beyond the 1970s.


0.294 Cubic Feet (One flat box)


Original order has been retained.

Physical Access Information

There are some instances of acidification and other deterioration. The album is fragile and should be handled with care.

Acquisition Information

Source and date of acquisition are unknown.

Processing Information

The scrapbook has been placed in an acid free box. Due to the wide variety of materials used in the composition of the scrapbook, there are some instances of acidification and other deterioration. However, removing these items would severely reduce the research value of the records and jeopardize original order. As a result, pages displaying discoloration or other signs of deterioration have been interleaved with acid free paper.
Purdue Auto Club scrapbook
Under Review
Mary A. Sego
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description first completed 2017-07-03.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States