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Donald A. Bloodgood papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 314

Scope and Contents

The Donald A. Bloodgood papers (1946-1949; 1 cubic foot) documents the student life and fraternal pledging of former Purdue student Donald A. Bloodgood. The collection consists primarily of artifacts, with limited documentation concerning their use and function by the alumnus. These objects may be useful for researchers interested in the material culture of Purdue’s ROTC and fraternity organizations during the late 1940s. Types of materials include: pledge sashes, pledge boards, letters, and event programs.


  • 1946 - 1949
  • Other: Date acquired: 09/06/2011


Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Donald A. Bloodgood was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 3, 1928 to Donald E. and Margaret V. Bloodgood. He graduated from West Lafayette High School in 1946 and enrolled at Purdue University. At Purdue, Bloodgood was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and ROTC. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army in 1950. Bloodgood graduated with the Class of 1951 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and was the class president.

Bloodgood served the United States Army in active duty during the Korean War, and later in the reserves. He retired with the rank of Colonel after nearly 30 years of service. Bloodgood was a member of several organizations, including the Reserve Officers Association, the Lafayette Chapter of Military Officers Association of America, and the Indiana Committee for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, serving as the State Ombudsman from 1996-2006. He was inducted into the Purdue ROTC Hall of Fame in 1996.

Bloodgood worked for Ross Gear and Tool Company (later TRW) from from 1953 to 1994, retiring as Director of Manufacturing Services.


1.00 Cubic Feet

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Source of Acquisition

Donald A. Bloodgood and JoAnn Bloodgood

Method of Acquisition

per deed of gift

Processing Information

Artifacts have been arranged and wrapped in tissue paper for preservation purposes, and all items have been placed in acid-free boxes.
Donald A. Bloodgood papers
In Progress
Stephen Horrocks and Keertana Marella
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description was first completed 2018-08-01.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-27: Collection description updated by Keertana Marella

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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