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Purdue University--1947 bleacher collapse

Subject Source: Local sources
Scope Note: The Purdue bleacher collapse occurred on February 24, 1947, during the halftime of the Purdue versus Wisconsin game. Three students were killed and hundreds were injured.

Found in 8 Collections and/or Records:

Purdue University Athletics collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 160
Scope and Contents The Purdue University Athletics collection documents Purdue athletics from the earliest years to recent times. The majority of the collection consists of items related to Purdue football; a scrapbook of clippings from the 1800s that contains Purdue football related articles from Lafayette, Indianapolis and Chicago newspapers. The clippings include an article about Purdue’s first football win on November 16, 1889, an article about the game against Wabash, November 23, 1889, that prompted the...
Dates: 1880 - 2016

James Blakesley Collection on the Class of 1950

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 28
Scope and Contents The James Blakesley Collection on the Class of 1950 contains memorabilia from the Class of 1950's days at Purdue. Types of material include dance cards, newspaper clippings, event programs and playbills, along with photographs, record albums, and artifacts.
Dates: 1946 - 2007; Majority of material found within 1946 - 1950

Clippings, 1947 - 1952

 Series — Box 1: Series MSA 372, Series 3; Series MSA 372, Series 4; Series MSA 372, Series 1; Series MSA 372, Series 2, Folder: 3
Identifier: MSA 372, Series 2
Scope and Contents This folder contains four newspaper articles. Of particular interest may be the February 25, 1947 clipping regarding the bleacher collapse.
Dates: 1947 - 1952

Correspondence, 1945 - 1980

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 372, Series 1
Scope and Contents Includes personal and professional correspondence. Of particular interest may be the letter to her parents describing 1947 bleacher accident at Purdue Fieldhouse and her letters describing her residence and class experiences.
Dates: 1945 - 1980

Purdue University Fieldhouse bleachers collapse photograph

 Unprocessed — Box Communal Accessions 9
Identifier: 20150902
Dates: February 24, 1947

Donna N. Stahl papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 372
Scope and Contents The Donna N. Stahl papers includes photographs, dance cards, clothing, and other ephemera, along with newspaper clippings and correspondence, all of which is memorabilia of Donna N. Stahl, a 1949 Purdue graduate in Home Economics. Of interest may be her personal reflections and article on the 1947 Purdue Bleacher Collapse. This collection may be useful to researchers interested in women in higher education, changing roles of women in the twentieth century, material culture of the...
Dates: 1945 - 2004; Majority of material found within 1946 - 1951

Stockton family collection

 Collection — Box Communal Collections 12: Series MSA 213, Series 1, Placement: 17
Identifier: MSA 22
Scope and Contents This collection consists of materials relating to Purdue alumni James W. Stockton and Ann Stockton, 1919-1947. Includes one postcard of Theta Xi house at Purdue University, one report card for James W. Stockton, and one newspaper clipping on Ann Stockton's injury in the Purdue bleachers collapse.
Dates: 1919 - 1947

Ted Townsend letter on bleachers collapse

 Unprocessed — Box Communal Accessions 28
Identifier: 20170321.3
Dates: February 25, 1947