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Guy R. Smith scrapbook

 Collection — Box: Box 1
Identifier: MSA 324

Scope and Contents

The Guy Smith scrapbook includes forty-two pages of photographs documenting student life, Purdue customs, and campus buildings and landmarks from around 1908. Notable images include a number of buildings that are no longer standing such as the Electrical Building, Purdue Hall, and Ladies Hall. There are also images related to early campus rituals such as the Mechanics Burning and the Tank Scrap, and scenes of Guy Smith passing time with friends, mainly other men from Tau Beta Pi and Emanon Club. Brief descriptions of each page of photographs and their captions are below. 1.      “Purdue Campus 1908” – panorama of central campus including Heavilon hall 2.      “Skating” – Smith and five others in ice skates 3.      “Parade Ground” – Hedges, small fountain, buildings including Heavilon Hall 4.      “Four of a Kind” – four men in ice skates on ice 5.      “Night Shirt Brigade” -  young men on stairwell. Two uncaptioned photographs: 1) Guy Smith seated with women in park; 2) Smith and two others posing near tree. 6.      “Wag and Tulip” – Smith standing on shoulders of a friend outside of a house, with others looking on; “Mechanical Building” – Heavilon Hall. 7.      “The Tank” – Purdue tank with graffiti 8.      “Porch Climbers” – Smith and others crowded upon house porch 9.      “Our Corner at Evans’” – Smith and others lounging with guitars 10.  “Physics building” 11.  “Electrical and Mechanical” – Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering (Heavilon) buildings 12.  “Main building” – University Hall 13.  “Electrical” – Electrical engineering building; “Home of the Pill Rollers” – old Science/Pharmacy building [?] 14.  “Purdue Hall” ; “Fowler Hall” 15.  “Purdue Hall. Rear” 16.  “Sod Busters’ Retreat” – Agriculture building (now Pfendler Hall) 17.  “Walk and Hedge” – walking path; “Locomotive Lab” 18.  “Main Gate” ; “Ladies Hall” 19.  “Drinking Fountain” – Stone Lions fountain; “Lowering the Colors” – flag lowering on campus. 20.  “Steve” – man outside of Science building; “Teddy Roosevelt” – man dressed in Teddy Roosevelt costume 21.  “At the Trail” – wooded nature scene and walking bridge; “Up the Wabash” – paddleboat on Wabash River 22.  “Si and Jake” – two men. “Pavilion at Trail” – unknown building. 23.  “Our Home” – large house; “Beer Wagon at Prof. Fleugels’” – Horse and buggy outside at of house 24.  “Corner in Lip’s Room” – four men lounging in room; “A slumber party” – six men on bed. 25.  “On a Sunday Afternoon” – group on carriage 26.  “On the Levee” – Smith and others near Big Four bridge; “Homer” – child with hat 27.  “Buzz” – man standing outside; “Senior Engineers 06” – five men standing together 28.  “A Foraging Party” – fourteen men outside; “High Water” – standing water in forest 29.  “Columbian Park” – bridge over lake at Columbian Park 30.  “Feeding the Pigs” – men standing near pigs; “Big Four Bridge” – three men on bridge 31.  “Horsemen” – men standing with horse 32.  “Along the Wabash” – bank of Wabash River 33.  Two persons in costume. Back of photo captioned: “Mechanics Burning – March, 1908 – [Charles] E. Rundorff, Coachman – [Robert] G. Bennett, Widow” 34.  “Part of the Bunch” – men sitting outside ; “Tank Scrap Parade” 35.  “Chariot race” – group of men posing; “On the Steps” – Group of men sitting together 36.  “The Same Old Bunch” – Smith and others sitting together outside; “Enlarging Steve” 37.  Three uncaptioned photos of Smith and others lounging together. 38.  “Traveling crane in Electrical Bldg. Purdue 1908.” Traveling crane used in thesis of Guy Smith and A.B. Wagner. 39.  “Equipment used in test of traveling crane 1908.” 40.  Uncaptioned, undated loose photo of river [Wabash?]. 41.  Loose postcard of fairgrounds during Flood of 1913, Huntington, IN, 1913. 42.  Loose postcard of Etna Avenue, Huntington, IN, Flood of 1913.


  • 1908 - 1913
  • Majority of material found in 1908 - 1908


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

This 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

Born in 1882, Guy Raymond Smith arrived at Purdue from Huntington, Indiana in 1904 and graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1908. While at Purdue, he participated in a number of organizations including Tau Beta Pi, Emanon Club, and the Harlequin and Mandolin societies. After graduating, he moved to New York where he worked for several decades with the New York Telephone Company. He passed away in Albany, New York in 1964.

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0.155 Cubic Feet (One flat box)

Source of Acquisition

David L. Prentice
Guy R. Smith scrapbook
In Progress
Keertana Marella
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description was first completed 2018-05-03.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-27: Collection description updated by Keertana Marella

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States