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Lloyd E. Keck scrapbook

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSA 303

Scope and Contents

The Lloyd E. Keck scrapbook documents the academic, military, personal and social activities of an Engineering student while on Purdue University's campus from 1936-1939, as well as various aspects of his life prior to college from 1917-1936. Keck titled the scrapbook, "Scraps and Snaps, May 27, 1917 - August 1, 1939," but most of the content is from his time at Purdue, 1936-1939.

The scrapbook contains many unique photographs of campus and events from the 1930s. Some of the events include the Chicago's World Fair, 1933-1934; Ice Gorge in the Ohio River, 1936; and the Flood of 1937. Campus, near campus scenes and events include construction of a bridge across the Wabash, 1936; Amelia Earhart at Purdue and the Purdue Airport, 1937; construction of the Fieldhouse and the Elliott Hall of Music, 1939; numerous Army R.O.T.C. events, including a Battery "B" group photograph from 1938; photographs from electrical engineering inspection trips, 1938-39; cord parade of 1939 and other events from Keck's life as a Purdue student.

Some of the mementoes include programs from various symphonies, operas, and other events; Mount Vernon High School diploma and Purdue diploma; Keck's grade reports from throughout his years at Purdue; souvenirs from senior inspection trips; membership certificates from Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi, along with related ephemera; football programs and tickets.

Types of material include photographs, various programs, football tickets, diplomas, certificates, grade reports, clippings, and a commencement invitation and address.


  • 1917 - 1939
  • Majority of material found within 1937 - 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

Lloyd E. Keck was born in Posey, Indiana on May 27, 1917 to Oscar D. Keck and Cora M. Aldrich Keck. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1935 and attended Purdue University from 1936-1939. While at Purdue, he belonged to the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, Eta Kappa Nu, Army R.O.T.C., P.O.M.M. (Army's honorary organization), Scabbard and Blade and Tau Beta Pi. Keck graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1939. He went on to work at Westinghouse and invented several patented devices. Keck later served his country during WWII. Little more is known about him.


0.382 Cubic Feet (One flat box)


To protect the archival integrity of the scrapbook, it remains in the condition (original order) in which it was donated. The pages are broken down into 12 series (sections).
  1. Years Before Purdue
  2. Purdue University
  3. Around Purdue University Campus
  4. Steel Erection on Music Hall
  5. "In Full Glory - Cords and Derby"
  6. Cord Parade of Class of 1939
  7. Senior Inspection Trips
  8. "How to Study! - Roommates at Purdue"
  9. EE 8
  10. Commencement
  11. "Just Snaps"

Acquisition Information

The scrapbook was donated by Ellen J. Alvarado, Lloyd Keck's daughter, February 18, 2015.

Processing Information

To protect the archival integrity of the scrapbook it has been left intact, wrapped in tissue paper and housed in an acid free box.



Lloyd E. Keck scrapbook
Under Review
Mary A. Sego
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description was first completed 2016-02-12.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-05-28: Collection description updated to new standards by Mary A. Sego.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States