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Red-Crown Mini-Museum history and post card

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 2, Placement: 08
Identifier: MSP 58

Scope and Contents

The Red Crown Mini-Museum history and post card (1927-1991; 0.1 cubic feet) documents the chronological history of the museum.  The collection consists of an 8 ½” x 11” sheet of paper detailing the chronological history, along with 3 copies of a picture post card of the Red Crown Mini-Museum.


  • 1927-1991
  • Other: Date acquired: 03/10/2012


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

The Red Crown Mini-Museum is located at the corner of 6th and South Streets in downtown Lafayette, Indiana. It is right next to Tippecanoe County Library.

The gas station was built by Standard Oil Company of Indiana in 1927-28 and had a one garage bay attached. It was built with glazed brick on all walls and red tile on the roof. In 1935-36 a second garage bay was added. It was in operation as a gas station until 1979, in 1985 the library bought the property for a future parking area. In 1991, Don Stein, a local business man and auto collector offered to restore the gas station, and it was finished later that year.

The interior and exterior is now filled with gas station memorabilia, mostly related to Standard and Red Crown Gasoline. The garage bays are filled with antique cars, and in the parking lot there is a 1931 Ford tow truck. Anyone who comes by should check in the mailbox at the front door and grab a picture postcard and information sheet on the station.

Source: Retrieved November 4, 2010 from:


0.10 Cubic Feet

1.00 folders


Chronological history of the Red Crown Mini-Museum and picture post card.

Source of Acquisition

Acquired circa 2000s, donor unknown.

Existence and Location of Originals

multi-part note content

Related Materials

multi-part note content

Processing Information

All materials have been housed in polyester sleeves, acid-free folders, and acid-free boxes.


Red-Crown Mini-Museum history and post card
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Mary A. Sego
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States