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Purdue University Archives & Special Collections Artifacts collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSR 4

Scope and Contents

The Purdue Artifact collection (1880-2000, 8 cubic feet) documents different historical aspects of Purdue University. Each artifact has been given a unique number and then organized by size, and sometimes format, in boxes. The items are of various sizes in various formats, but all have a Purdue connection. Some examples are a salt and pepper shaker set, handkerchief, window decals, and silver tea spoons. Many items demonstrate the evolution of Purdue iconography such as the griffin seal or Purdue Pete. This is an active collection and will be frequently added to on an ongoing basis


  • 1880-2008
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1950s-1990s

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Gloves may need to be worn when handling some of the artifacts.


10.00 Cubic Feet (22 boxes)

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Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by size and dimensions of the artifacts.

Method of Acquisition

Multiple donors and purchases.

Existence and Location of Originals

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Related Materials

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Processing Information

All materials have been housed in inert polyester sleeves, acid-free tissue, and acid-free boxes as needed
Purdue University Archives & Special Collections Artifacts collection
In Progress
Angela Day and Elizabeth Wilkinson
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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