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Amelia Earhart at Purdue papers

 Collection — Box: 1-3
Identifier: MSF 450
The Amelia Earhart at Purdue Collection (1935-2000; 1 cubic foot) documents Amelia Earhart’s arrival at Purdue University, her time there, and the efforts to memorialize Earhart after her disappearance. Types of materials include correspondence, ephemera, administrative reports, photographs, publicity materials, and speeches.


  • 1935-2000
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1935-1937


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


1.00 Cubic Feet

3.00 mss._boxes

Arrangement Note

The collection is organized into three series:

1. Correspondence, 1935-1941 (12 folders). This series is predominately composed of correspondence among Edward C. Elliott, George Palmer Putnam and Amelia Earhart.

2. Miscellaneous Papers, 1935-1969 (7 folders). Items include a questionnaire distributed to women students (circa 1935), a laundry receipt (circa 1935), speech by Amelia Earhart on “What a Pilot Eats” for Heinz Radio Program (1936), information about the programs, events, and activities scheduled with Earhart at Purdue (1935-1937), President’s Annual Reports and meeting minutes regarding Earhart at Purdue (1935-1937), tribute to Earhart given by President Edward C. Elliott (1937),and Purdue Press Releases related to Amelia Earhart (1935-1969).

3. Photographs, 1935-2000 (18 folders). Series three contains photographs of or related to Amelia Earhart, including images of Earhart at the Purdue Airport, with Purdue students, with Purdue President Edward C. Elliott, and photographs of Earhart with other miscellaneous individuals. This series also includes photographs of various items held in other collections and of homes in which Earhart lived.

Existence and Location of Originals

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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