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James H. Smart papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 48

Scope and Contents

The James H. Smart papers (1874-1977; 3.4 cubic feet) primarily document James H. Smart’s term as president of Purdue University (1883-1900).

The majority of the papers are in the form of letter books (1881-1899). The letter book from 1881-1885 begins with President Emerson E. White; the greater part is by James. H. Smart. The letters are primarily written by Smart, although some are written by his secretary L.D. Swan as well as vice-president Winthrop E. Stone in his absence. The letters chiefly concern everyday correspondences relating to the office of the president.

Other papers include correspondences relating to Purdue University. The collection contains non-commercial publications, addresses and administrative papers documenting issues concerning education and Purdue University. There are also biographies, memorials and newspaper clippings regarding the career and death of James H. Smart.

Types of materials include: letter books, correspondence, printed material (publications, newspaper clippings), biographical information, memorials, addresses and administrative papers. The papers are organized into 2 series:


  • 1874-1977
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1883-1900


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


3.40 Cubic Feet

1.00 cubic_foot_boxes

1.00 cubic_foot_boxes

1.00 cubic_foot_boxes

1.00 mss._boxes

1.00 folders

Arrangement Note

1. Letter Books, 1881-1899 3 cubic feet Primarily the letters concern everyday correspondences relating to the office of the president. These topics include letters to prospective students, current students and guardians regarding academic progress and letters of recommendation, staff and officials both at Purdue University as well as other institutions. Several letters concern additions to the University, especially construction of new laboratories. Other letters concern football and the State Athletic Association. Several letters contain information about Chief of Ordinance, US. Army, Washington, D.C. regarding supplies and students receiving military instruction and shipments to Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Illinois. A number of letters regard Purdue University’s involvement in the World’s Columbian Exposition. Materials in the series are arranged chronologically.

2. Papers, 1874-1977 .4 cubic feet There are correspondences relating to the Government Agricultural Experiment Station, the World’s Columbian Exposition, the suit against the Auditor of State by several state universities, a proposed addition to a laboratory and an Address to the State board of Education requesting membership for the President of Purdue University. There are form letters that address concerns of the cost of education and budgetary matters. Materials in the series are arranged by form and chronologically.

Existence and Location of Originals

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Related Materials

Office of the President, Purdue University Winthrop E. Stone papers MSF 242 Henry W. Marshall papers Edward C. Elliott papers Frederick L. Hovde papers UA 52, Arthur G. Hansen papers John W. Hicks papers Steven C. Beering papers Martin Jischke papers France Cordova Oral History Interview

Processing Information

Materials have been housed in acid-free boxes and folders.
James H. Smart papers
Anna Seiffert
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States