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Purdue Club of Chicago records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 46

Scope and Contents

The Purdue Club of Chicago records consist of three guest registers (1921-1955) that include handwritten names, addresses, graduation years, and phone numbers for members attending various events. Includes occasional notes about Purdue football games and lists of officers for some years (1945-1948) in addition to a few documents on general plans for meetings and committee members.  Includes a letter from Purdue President Edward C. Elliott thanking the Club for an event he attended (April 1945). Some pages in the volumes are identified as the Merchants and Manufacturers Club. A small number of photographs, postcards, and letters were interleaved throughout the volumes and have been separated into a folder for preservation purposes. The volumes are organized chronologically.  The folder contains material circa 1920-1950.


  • 1921-1955
  • Other: Date acquired: 08/08/2010


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

The Purdue Club of Chicago is the oldest and largest of Purdue University's Alumni Clubs. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Purdue presence in the Chicago metropolitan area. Many of their efforts focus on promoting Purdue University and supporting the 21,000 alumni that live in the Chicago area.

The Purdue Club of Chicago is rich in history and service to Purdue alumni. The organization started in the late 1800s. The Purdue Club of Chicago and Indiana Chicago Club created the tradition of the Old Oaken Bucket. This bucket continues to serve as a trophy in the annual rival football game between Purdue University and Indiana University.

Events are planned throughout the year to bring Chicago-area alumni together. Popular annual events include bus trips to football games, summer picnics, game-watching parties at local bars, an annual Freshmen Send-Off Picnic, the Big Ten Night at US Cellular Field, and group trips to concerts. The Purdue Club of Chicago also competes with the Indiana Alumni Club in Chicago in an annual blood drive competition.

Each year, The Purdue Club of Chicago awards a scholarship to a selected incoming freshman. Efforts are made throughout the year to raise money to help fund the annual scholarship. The club strives to increase both the dollar amount and number of scholarships that it awards each year.

For more information on the Purdue Club of Chicago:


Retrieved April 5, 2010 from:


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Arrangement Note

The volumes are organized chronologically.  The folder contains material circa 1920-1950.

Source of Acquisition

Jon Simpson

Method of Acquisition


Processing Information

All materials have been housed in polyester sleeves, acid-free folders, and acid-free boxes.  All newsprint has been photocopied. A clipping containing images of people has been preserved for display purposes, with a photocopy made available for research.
Purdue Club of Chicago records
Mary A. Sego
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States