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University Photographic Services photos

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 78

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised primarily of negatives and occasional photographs that were produced and maintained through the work of Purdue University’s Photographic Services division, which provided photography services on campus. Subjects vary widely and include faculty and staff, student activities, major athletic and cultural events, campus buildings, and department-related materials. Most of these images were produced between the mid-1940s and the mid-1980s. In some cases, negatives are reproductions or documentation of older images (as in the Historical Scenes folder of Box 13). Subjects of particular note include: sets that document staff and events in the Men’s and Women’s Residence Halls; a sizeable football collection spanning from 1952 to 1985, as well as many other athletics-related subjects; a set documenting events, décor, and staff of Purdue Memorial Union from 1967 to 1984; a substantial Student Activities file with images from 1950 to 1971; and negatives documenting the Agricultural Experimental Station, Purdue’s State Fair exhibits, and other agriculture-related items.


  • 1839-2004
  • Majority of material found in 1910-2000

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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10.90 Cubic Feet

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Arrangement Note

The collection combines two accessions from University Photographic Services into chronological clusters that follow and respect their original order. Boxes 1 through 6 comprised the first accession, and Boxes 7 through 32 the other. The second set (boxes 7 – 32) was made up of several smaller chronological groupings, some of which were organized according to a numerical and alphabetical index used by UPS.  These clusters and their original categories have been maintained. The general arrangement of the collection is as follows. A detailed folder-level inventory is available for this collection. Boxes 1-6: Agricultural Experimental Station, 4-H, State Fair, and other agricultural subjects, 1894-1964. Boxes 7-8: General files organized by categorical index, 1946-1969 [bulk c. 1950s]. Boxes 9-17: General files organized by categorical index, 1950-1975. Boxes 18-23: General files organized by categorical index, 1966-1985.                 Note: Items in the “Historical Scenes” category includes reproductions of materials dating back to c. 1839. Boxes 24-31: Assorted and miscellaneous files organized by category, 1986-2004. Boxes 31-32: Oversized, fragile, and loose materials from throughout the collection.
University Photographic Services photos
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States