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Collection on Piggy Lambert

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 27, Placement: 07
Identifier: MSF 215

Scope and Contents

Materials related to Coach Piggy Lambert include a letter to boosters seeking donations to celebrate Lambert's 25 year anniversary at Purdue; a news clipping listing Purdue basketball's record under Lambert; and an issue of "The First Aider" newsletter from 1936, containing the article "Preliminary Training for a Basketball Season" by Lambert.


  • 1936 - 1942


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyrights held by Purdue University or original creator. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Ward L. "Piggy" Lambert was born in Deadwood, South Dakota, and grew up in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Lambert graduated from Wabash College in 1911 and completed post-graduate work in chemistry at the University of Minnesota. He taught chemistry and coached athletics at Lebanon High Schhool in Indiana until being hired by Purdue in 1916.

Lambert coached Purdue basketball and baseball from 1916 until his death in 1958, aside from service in the Army Field Artillery during World War I and 1946 to 1949 when he served as Commissioner of the National Professional Basketball League.

Under Lambert's leadership, Purdue's basketball team won 11 Big Ten titles. Lambert was widely respected as a ground-breaking coach and published widely on basketball coaching and techniques, including the book "Practical Basketball." Lambert was named outstanding basketball coach in the United States in 1945 and was named to the Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.


0.025 Cubic Feet (One folder)

Acquisition Information

"The First Aider" newsletter donated by Adam D. Rice on December 19, 2019. Source and date of acquisition of other materials is unknown.

Related Materials

UA 134, Lambert Field House and Gymnasium records, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.

Processing Information

Materials housed in an acid-free folder and an acid-free box..
Collection on Piggy Lambert
Mary A. Sego and Adriana Harmeyer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Edition statement
Second Edition. Collection description was first completed 2011-06-10.

Revision Statements

  • 2018-05-21: Collection title and description updated from "Piggie" to "Piggy" by Adriana Harmeyer.
  • 2019-12-20: Collection title updated from Ward L. (Piggy) Lambert collection to Collection on Piggy Lambert by Adriana Harmeyer.
  • 2019-12-20: Collection description updated and "The First Aider" added to the collection by Adriana Harmeyer.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States