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Robert T. Hatt scrapbook

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 35

Scope and Contents

The Robert T. Hatt scrapbook contains many photographs of campus life, predominantly during 1919-1920. There is a concentration of memorabilia from Phi Kappa Psi due to Hatt's membership within that fraternity. The scrapbook also contains newspaper clippings, along with ephemera, such as programs, ticket stubs, and other assorted odds and ends. Many of the items are not dated, which makes it difficult to ascertain the exact time period, especially for the photographs. The cover of the scrapbook is Purdue related.
Notice The materials described contain offensive racial and ethnic imagery and prejudices towards various groups and may cause distress or trauma to the viewer. The contents were included by the creator and have been retained to accurately preserve and portray the materials. Please take care when viewing the materials.


  • 1894 - 1940
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1919 - 1920


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Portions of the material in this collection are in the public domain. Other material copyrights held by Purdue University or original creator. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Robert T. Hatt was a member of the Purdue University Class of 1923, though records do not indicate that he graduated from Purdue. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. His father was William Kendrick Hatt, a Professor of Civil Engineering at Purdue.

Hatt graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree and from Columbia with master's and doctoral degrees. He was Director of the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield, Michigan from 1935 - 1967.


0.349 Cubic Feet (One flat box)


The scrapbook is organized into three series. Items are arranged, as they appear in the scrapbook.
  1. Photographs
  2. Newspaper Clippings
  3. Ephemera

Physical Access Information

The scrapbook is fragile and should be handled with care.

Acquisition Information

Source and date of acquisition are unknown.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of materials are available for research use. See our digital collections database e-Archives: Robert T. Hatt scrapbook

Processing Information

The scrapbook has been placed in an acid-free archival box.
Robert T. Hatt scrapbook
Mary A. Sego
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Edition statement
Third edition. Collection description first completed on 2009-10-11.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-03-13: Collection description updated to new standards by Mary A. Sego.
  • 2022-11-21: Updated Scope and Contents to include statement regarding offensive content by Neal Harmeyer.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States