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J. C. Allen and Son, Inc. photographs and negatives

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 25

Scope and Contents

Glass and film negatives, and photographic prints of Purdue University buildings, faculty, staff, and students, as well as major campus events from the 1910s to the 1970s.  Please see the External Documents section for a complete list of the items.


  • 1915 - 1974
  • Majority of material found within 1920 - 1959


Conditions Governing Access

This 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.


27.50 Cubic Feet (96 shoe boxes)

Language of Materials



In the subject and item order designated by J.C. Allen.

Physical Access Information

Some items are fragile and should be handled with care.

Custodial History

John Allen, grandson of J. C. Allen, has now become the custodian of the J. C. Allen & Son archive. The collection consists of over 77,000 subjects and covers all fifty states. J. C. Allen & Son materials are still in great demand today. Publications such as Country Woman, Reminisce, Draft Horse Journal, and Farm & Ranch Living often use their work. Many of the images are also used in displays and exhibits around the country.

In the 1970s J. C. Allen presented nearly 20,000 prints, negatives and glass plate negatives to Purdue. The collection was housed by the College of Agriculture until spring 2008 when it came to the Purdue Archives & Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Transferred to the Purdue Libraries Archives and Special Collections by the College of Agriculture.
J. C. Allen and Son, Inc. photographs and negatives
In Progress
Elizabeth Wilkinson
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2018-07-25: Updated collection name from "J. C. Allen Purdue University negatives and photographs" to "J. C. Allen and Son, Inc. photographs and negatives," by Neal Harmeyer
  • 2024-01-12: Two photographs of J.C. Allen from 2024-085 added by William Niner

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States