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Purdue University Newsreels and Year in Review recordings

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 65

Scope and Contents

The Purdue Newsreel began in 1956 as a yearly film, and later video, review of university events of the previous year. Contents of each recording focus upon academics, student activities, campus structures, athletics, and special events. One silent film, circa 1943-1945, is also included in the collection. In 2013, the Purdue Newsreel was renamed the Purdue Year in Review.


  • 1943 - 2019
  • Majority of material found within 1955 - 2019


Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Some material in this collection are in the public domain, while other material copyrights are held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.


18.00 Gigabytes

0.583 Cubic Feet (Two shoe boxes)

Language of Materials



Physical discs and digital-born files are arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

Digital copies of the newsreels were donated by the Purdue Alumni Association in 2006 following digital conversion of the reels onto DVD by the Alumni Assocation.

Acquisition Information

Original transfer of materials from Purdue Marketing and Media on June 30, 2006.


One new recording is transferred each year via Purdue University Marketing and Media.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of some materials are available for research use. See our digital collections database e-Archives: Purdue University Newsreels

Processing Information

Contents transferred on DVD have been migrated to digital format for preservation and access purposes.


Purdue University Newsreels and Year in Review recordings
In Progress
Neal Harmeyer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Edition statement
Third edition. Collection description first completed in 2007.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-05-12: Collection description updated by Adelle Rogers.
  • 2020-10-29: Updated collection extent, dates, and notes, by Neal Harmeyer

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States