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The Purdue University Semi-Centennial collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 120
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
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1924

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Purdue University


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.

Biographical or Historical Information

Note written by John Michael Foster

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.

Source of Acquisition

Purdue University
Method of Acquisition Records transfer, Purdue University

Existence and Location of Originals

multi-part note content

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
John Michael Foster
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description

Revision Statements

  • 03/28/2017: Removed identifiers OS M 17 and OS L 16 as of March 28, 2017.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States