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Purdue Club of Chicago scrapbook

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 216

Scope and Contents

The Purdue Club of Chicago scrapbook (1885-1980; .45 cubic feet) documents the early years of the Purdue Club of Chicago. The collection primarily details alumni events and member organizing from 1890-1919. Several high-profile alumni lived in the Chicago area at this time including George Ade, John T. McCutcheon, and William F. Goss, and various materials created by or for them are included in this collection—Ade’s letters are of particular interest. The printed ephemera within the scrapbook provide considerable detail regarding events and practices of the organization. Types of materials include: clippings (information artifacts), invitations, letters (correspondence), printed ephemera, programs (documents), and rosters.


  • 1885 - 1980
  • Majority of material found within 1890 - 1919

Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

The Purdue Club of Chicago is the oldest and largest of Purdue University’s Alumni Clubs. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the educational mission and presence of Purdue in the Chicago metropolitan area. Many of their efforts focus on providing scholarship opportunities for Purdue students, promoting Purdue University and supporting the 60,000 alumni that live in Chicagoland. The Purdue Club of Chicago is rich in history and service to Purdue Alumni. The organization started in 1890. The Purdue Club of Chicago and Indiana Chicago Club created the tradition of the Old Oaken Bucket. This bucket continues to serve as a trophy in the annual rival football game between Purdue University and Indiana University. Events are planned throughout the year to bring Chicago-area alumni together. Popular annual events include a Blackhawks game in a private box, game-watching parties at local bars, their annual Freshmen Send-Off Picnic, participating in Big Ten Night at US Cellular Field and Wrigley Field. The Purdue Club of Chicago also competes with the Indiana Alumni Club of Chicago in an annual blood drive competition and supports the Youth Sports Alliance’s Field day with all 14 Big Ten Schools. These are just a few ways that the Purdue Club of Chicago gives back to its community. Each year, The Purdue Club of Chicago awards a scholarship to a selected incoming freshmen. Efforts are made throughout the year to raise money to help fund our annual scholarship. they strive to increase both the dollar amount and number of scholarships that we can award each year. Ultimately, the Purdue Club of Chicago is about continuing the Purdue experience for alumni and financially assisting future Boilermakers through the scholarship fund. Source: History retrieved March 22, 2017 from

Note written by Purdue Club of Chicago


0.406 Cubic Feet (One newspaper box)

Custodial History

Scrapbook was donated to the Purdue Alumni Association by William W. Meyer, Sr. in 1980. Please see correspondence in Folder 1 of this collection.

Source of Acquisition

Donated by the Purdue Alumni Association, 03/05/2016
Purdue Club of Chicago scrapbook
Stephen Horrocks and Keertana Marella
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Edition statement
Second Edition.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-28: Collection description updated by Keertana Marella

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States