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Henry C. Balcom collection

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 59, Placement: 03
Identifier: MSA 325

Scope and Contents

The Henry C. Balcom collection documents the student life of Henry C. Balcom, mostly as a Purdue University freshman in 1905. The collection includes several photographs and clippings related to the 1905 Tank Scrap and Chain Gang, as well as various campus scenes and buildings. Also included are two newspaper clippings detailing controversies surrounding University President Winthrop Stone's wife Victoria. The collection also contains one later photograph of Balcom from 1946.


  • 1905 - 1946
  • Majority of material found within 1905 - 1909
  • Other: Date acquired: 07/08/2014


Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Biographical Information

Henry C. Balcom attended Purdue University from 1905 to 1907 as a student in the School of Agriculture. Balcom left Purdue after his second year and finished his degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1910. After his graduation, Balcom moved back to Indiana and worked as both a botanist and a high school teacher (Botany) in Kokomo, Indiana. Balcom was engaged in various community organizations, including the YMCA where he taught an adult night class on Practical Gardening, and the Kokomo Archery Club where he served as the Secretary/Treasurer.


0.075 Cubic Feet (Three flat folders)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged by type into three folders: Postcards, 1905-1909, Mounted Photos, ca. 1905-1946, and Scrapbook Pages, ca. 1905.

Acquisition Information

Provenance is undocumented.
Henry C. Balcom collection
In Progress
Neal Harmeyer and Keertana Marella
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Edition statement
Third Edition. Second edition completed on 2017-01-06. Date of first collection description undocumented.

Revision Statements

  • 2017-01-26: Updated collection title from H. C. Balcom scrapbook to Henry C. Balcom collection, by Neal Harmeyer.
  • 2020-04-27: 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