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Robert Wray glass negatives

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 110

Scope and Contents

The Robert Wray glass negatives documents life during the World War I era. The glass negatives feature Purdue University and time spent in France during World War I. It also features a mansion, lake-house, and images of family life. Due to lack of documentation, no individuals or buildings are currently identified in the negatives. The collection includes 63 glass negatives and four original packages designed for glass negatives.


  • circa 1890s - 1920s


Language of Materials

Collection material is in French and English.

Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Material in this collection is in the public domain. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Robert Isom Wray, originally from Shelbyville, IN, graduated from Purdue University in 1922 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. Wray served with the rank of private during World War I. As an undergraduate, he was a member of Beta Theta Pi, Phi Lambda Upsilon, Chemical Engineering Society, Purdue Union, PAA, YMCA, and Yellow Dog.


0.222 Cubic Feet (One shoe box)


The collection is arranged into two series.
  1. Photographic glass negatives original packaging
  2. Photographic glass plate negatives

Custodial History

Materials originally donated by Martha Wray to the Senator John Heinz History Center of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2011.

Acquisition Information

Collection materials donated by Alexis Smith Macklin, director of the Senator John Heinz History Center, on December 9, 2011.

Processing Information

All materials have been housed in acid-free sleeves and acid-free boxes. Whenever possible, original order of the materials has been retained.



Robert Wray glass negatives
Under Review
Michael Maune, Rachel Small, and Neal Harmeyer
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Edition statement
Third edition. Collection description first completed 2012-03-05.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States