Tank Scrap (Purdue University)
Subject Source: Local sourcesScope Note: The Tank Scrap, a yearly physical and pugilistic competition between Purdue University freshmen and sophomores, began 1894 after members of the Class of '97 painted a local water tank with their class year. It continued until 1913 when the students, faculty, and administration unanimously voted to end the event.
Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:
Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSA 365
Scope and Contents This album contains photographs of the Carrier family, Smith family, Galeener family, and the Everhart family. These are possibly extended family of the Carriers or married names. Pictures depict individuals as well as houses and landscape in Urbana, Illinois, and Pasadena, California. There are several photos of the 1913 Lafayette flood and one of the Purdue tank painted after a scrap.
Dates: circa 1913 - 1924
Collection — Box Communal Collections 48, Placement: 03
Identifier: UA 109
Scope and Contents This volume contains the Class of 1909 meeting minutes and adopted resolutions relating to class member activities and reunions. Insights into the annual tank scrap between freshmen and sophomores, class business and elections of various positions are described. Class members are listed in the first alumni meeting (pp.76-87). All notes are collected in one bound volume.
Dates: 1905 - 1919; Majority of material found within 1905 - 1909
Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSP 260
Scope and Contents The Class of 1915 photo album (1912-1915; 0.10 cubic feet) documents class activities and Greek events of the Class of 1915, including the Tank Scrap and Greek house parties. Photographs of campus scenery and buildings are included (Fowler Hall, Physics Building). Of particular interest may be the documentation of the 1913 flood in the Lafayette area. Some of the photographs identify class members through hand-written notes on photographs and captions. The album is believed to have been...
Dates: 1912 - 1939; Majority of material found within 1912 - 1915
Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 151
Scope and Contents The Purdue University Customs and Traditions collection features, among other memorabilia, a tank scrap chain and padlock from 1913, a label from the first bottle of beer served to a Purdue student after the repeal of prohibition, numerous buttons and pins, including a hatpin with the Purdue seal from 1895 on it (third design), a Reamer's Club "R" from the early 1990s, a Purdue Murad cigarette silk, a 1902-1903 matriculation ticket signed by Purdue President Winthrop E. Stone, along with Junior...
Dates: 1877 - 2014; Other: Majority of material found within 1880 - 1940