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Martha Bolt Graham Papers on the Class of 1935

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 319

Scope and Contents

The Martha Bolt Graham Papers on the Class of 1935 (circa 1934-2009; 2 linear ft.) documents activities of the Class of 1935. Types of materials include letters, correspondence, notes, and flyers, brochures on Gala Week celebrations, documents and reports on the Library Scholars Grant Program, photographs, and artifacts.


  • 1934-2009
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1960-2005
  • Other: Date acquired: 04/02/2013

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

Martha Jane Graham (1913-2010), was born in Otterbein, IN on December 18, 1913. After graduating from the Otterbein High School in 1931, she went to Purdue University and got her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1935. During her 2nd year at Purdue, she started participating in various campus activities. She was the President of the freshman group in Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and was involved in the Purdue Exponent advertising. Afterwards, she got elected as a member of the Mortar board at Purdue. She served as the editor of the monthly “Graham Crackers” at Westminster Village and was a member of the board of directors of Home Hospital. Martha acted as the Secretary, Treasurer, Vice president and finally President for the Class of 1935. During this period, the Class of 1935 batch established the Library Scholars Grant as a gift to Purdue University on their 50th anniversary. Virginia Kelly Karnes was another notable person from the class of 1935; The Purdue University Libraries has honored her by naming the Archives and Special Collections research center for her in recognition of her generosity to the libraries.

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2.00 Linear Feet

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Arrangement Note

The Papers are organized into two main series: 1. Library Scholars Grant Program 2. Class Activities

Custodial History

Materials were in the custody of Martha Bolt Graham. Upon her death in 2010, her daughter Sue Bussell Campbell asked Sally Watlington to donate the Class of 1935 material.

Source of Acquisition

Sally Watlington

Method of Acquisition

Donated by Sally Watlington, 2013

Processing Information

All materials have been housed in acid-free folders, and acid-free boxes. Selected photos have been housed in protective sleeves.
Martha Bolt Graham Papers on the Class of 1935
Shraddha Parimita Sahoo
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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