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William Chester Halstead photographs

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSA 262

Scope and Contents

The William Chester Halstead photographs document Purdue University, students, faculty, and staff during the 1890s, featuring buildings, student groups, such as the cyclists, drum corps, and artillery. Photographs of note include the burned-out structure of Heavilon Hall and President Smart in his office. The collection also documents the Lafayette area.


  • circa 1890s


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Material in this collection is in the public domain.

Biographical Information

William Chester Halstead was a Purdue student originally from Kirkpatrick, Indiana. He was a member of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Halstead graduated from Purdue University in 1897 with a degree in Mathematics.


0.182 Cubic Feet (One half-width letter-size manuscript box)


Ennumerated cyanotypes have been arranged in numerical order, while the unnumbered cyanotypes retain their original order. The photographs are organized into two folders: Numbered Cyanotypes and Unnumbered Cyanotypes.

Acquisition Information

Materials donated by Yvonne Halstead of Brookston, Indiana on February 10, 2012.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of materials are available for research use. See our digital collections database e-Archives: William Chester Halstead photographs

Processing Information

All cyanotypes have been housed in polyester sleeves in acid-free folders and placed into an acid-free box.
William Chester Halstead photographs
Under Review
Michael Maune, Neal Harmeyer, and Desiree Clark
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Edition statement
Third edition. Collection description first completed 2014-09-10.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States