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The Purdue University Semi-Centennial collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 120

Scope and Contents

The Purdue University Semi-Centennial collection (1922-1925; 2.05 cubic feet) predominantly consists of correspondence (mostly correspondence to and from President Elliott), programs and program drafts, and newspapers and newspaper articles, in addition to a modest assortment of meeting minutes, posters, announcements, invitations, financial records, photographs.  These materials offer the researcher a comprehensive glimpse into the planning of the 1924 semi-centennial and the commemoration of Purdue’s early history.


  • 1922 - 1925

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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.

Historical Information

Note written by John Michael Foster


2.05 Cubic Feet

5 mss. boxes other_unmapped


Correspondence, event programs, newspaper articles, and other materials chronicling Purdue’s Semi-Centennial celebration in May 1924.  Materials in this collection trace the history of the Semi-Centennial from its planning in late 1923 and early 1924 to events held on the weekend of May 1-3, 1924, and immediate aftermath.

Arrangement Note

The collection is organized into a single series by document type.

Physical Access Requirements

Newspapers and scrapbook are fragile and should be handled with care.

Acquisition Information

Records transfer, Purdue University

Related Materials

MSA 196, J.E. Raffensperger collection MSP 22, William M. Hepburn papers UA 50, Edward C. Elliott papers

Related Publications

Robert W. Topping, A Century and Beyond: The History of Purdue University, West Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 1988.

Processing Information

All materials are housed in acid-free folders and manuscript boxes.  Staples and paper clips have been removed from all documents and discarded; all photographs placed in protective sleeves.  Loose newspaper articles were photocopied and the original clippings discarded.
The Purdue University Semi-Centennial collection
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John Michael Foster
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States