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Arthur and Roberta Bitzer papers

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 3, Placement: 17
Identifier: MSA 259

Scope and Contents

The Arthur and Roberta Bitzer photographs, schedule card and buttons are from the Bitzer's time as students at Purdue University. Types of materials include: black and white photographs of campus scenes and student life, a schedule card and buttons.


  • 1937 - 1942


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Portions of the material are in the public domain. Other material copyrights held by Purdue University or original creator. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Arthur G. Bitzer and Roberta Miriam (Craig) Bitzer were alumni of Purdue University.

Arthur "Art" G. Bitzer, Jr. received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1942. Originally from River Forest, Illinois, he was a member of Phi Kappa Tau and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Arthur was a WWII veteran who served in the U.S. Navy. He was the founder and former owner of Bitzer Products Co. of Broadview, Illinois.

Roberta Miriam Craig graduated from Purdue University in December 19421943 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta (where she was called "Bobbie"), as well as the Activities Bureau, the Union, and the Virginia C. Meredith Club.

Arthur and Roberta were married in Chicago, Illinois, on February 6, 1943. Together they raised two children, Nancy (Bitzer) Sturgeon and John Craig Bitzer (BSME 1970). Arthur passed away in 2009, followed by Roberta in 2015.

1942 Purdue Debris, Senior Class:

Obituary, Chicago Tribune. March 5, 2009:

1943 Purdue Debris, Senior Class:

1943 Purdue Debris, Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority:

April 2015 Obituary,


0.05 Cubic Feet (Two folders)


The collection is grouped in the folders by type of material.

Acquisition Information

Donation received from Roberta Bitzer, July 7, 2010.

Processing Information

Tthe papers have been placed in acid-free folders and acid-free boxes. All photographs have been housed in polyester sleeves. The artifacts have been placed in acid-free envelopes.
Arthur and Roberta Bitzer papers
Under Review
Mary A. Sego, Elizabeth Wilkenson, Keertana Marella, and Amanda Rumba
Description rules
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Edition statement
Fifth edition. Collection description first completed 2011-09-21.

Revision Statements

  • 2012-09-17: Revised by Elizabeth Wilkenson.
  • 2020-01-06: Collection description updated to new standards by Mary A. Sego.
  • 2020-04-22: Collection description updated by Keertana Marella.
  • 2020-12-04: Biographical Information updated by Amanda Rumba.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States