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Open House for “Apollo in the Archives: Armstrong Papers” Exhibit Set for July 19

21 June 2019 - 8:19am
  The “Apollo in the Archives: Selections from the Neil Armstrong Papers” exhibit commemorates the 50th anniversary of the first manned spaceflight that landed on the moon – where Purdue alumnus Neil Armstrong took those famed first steps – and coincides with Purdue University’s July celebration of the moon landing, as well as the University’s […]

1903 Wright Flyer Fabric Lands at Purdue Archives

27 May 2019 - 9:00am
Located in the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections (ASC), the Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives collection was created to document and preserve Purdue University’s relationship to flight and space exploration. In the history of flight and space, there are two monumental events that stand out: one was the Wright Brothers’ achievement of […]

New Purdue Archives Online Exhibit Aims to Expand Overlooked Areas of Purdue History

17 May 2019 - 2:41pm
Every story has untold pieces. Purdue University Archives and Special Collections contains millions of stories in the many papers, books, objects, items, and other memorabilia carefully preserved and stored there. Yet, it does not hold them all—particularly those that may have not been “judged to be…important,” as noted in the introduction of the new online […]

Bringing the Archives to Life

6 May 2019 - 4:32pm
Purdue at 150: A Visual History of Student Life by David M. Hovde, Adriana Harmeyer, Neal Harmeyer, and Sammie L. Morris with a Foreword by Drew and Brittany Brees tells Purdue’s story through rare images, artifacts, and words. The authors culled decades of student papers from scrapbooks, yearbooks, letters, and newspapers to historical photographs and memorabilia […]

A Closer Look at Neil Armstrong’s Giant Leaps through New Apollo Exhibition

18 March 2019 - 2:00pm
  Courtesy of Purdue News Service The public will have a chance to get a closer glimpse into Purdue alumnus Neil Armstrong’s life through an exhibition presented by Purdue Archives and Special Collections. “Apollo in the Archives: Selections from the Neil A. Armstrong Papers” opens March 18 and runs through Aug. 16. The exhibition commemorates […]

Purdue Archives New Exhibit Celebrates International Students’ Contributions to Purdue’s 150-Year History

14 January 2019 - 3:46pm
A new Purdue Archives and Special Collections exhibit that focuses on the experience of international students at Purdue University throughout the institution’s history is open! “Around the World in 150 Years: Purdue International Footprint” highlights a variety of cultures, countries, activities, and time periods represented in the holdings of Archives and Special Collections, with a […]

Travel Back in Time with Purdue Archives’ New Online Building Database

28 November 2018 - 8:50am
Courtesy of Abbey Nickel, Purdue Marketing and Media Imagine being able to open a time capsule with just a click of a button. The newly launched Purdue Campus Facilities and Buildings Historic Database allows users to take a closer look at the metamorphosis of Purdue’s buildings over the years that goes beyond just maps and […]

Celebrate the History of Purdue Libraries at Nov. 8 Event in HSSE Library

6 November 2018 - 9:40am
“A Look Back” is a new exhibit in the Humanities, Social Science, and Education (HSSE) Library that pays tribute to Purdue University’s first Library in University Hall. The event “Celebrating the History of Purdue Libraries”–to highlight the display and commemorate Purdue Libraries’ history–is set from 3-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 in the Periodical Reading Room […]

Libraries Faculty Part of Interdisciplinary Team to Receive NHPRC Grant for Archivist Training, Leadership

28 September 2018 - 12:56pm
Purdue University Libraries Professor Sammie Morris and Assistant Professor Nastasha Johnson are part of a Purdue University interdisciplinary team that received a grant from the National Historical Records and Publications Commission (NHPRC) “to provide training for archivists across the country by developing and facilitating the Archives Leadership Institute (ALI) for the next generation of archivist […]

Libraries’ Psychoactive Substances Research Collection Reflects Resurgence of Psychedelic Studies in Healing-Related Research

7 September 2018 - 11:19am
Purdue University Libraries’ unique archive on psychoactive substances research has been named and is now known as the Betsy Gordon Psychoactive Substances Research Collection. Recently, with Gordon’s support, Purdue Libraries established an endowed archivist position in the Purdue Archives and Special Collections (a division of the Libraries) to lead and grow collections relating to the […]

“Building Purdue: 150 Years of the West Lafayette Campus” Exhibit to Open Aug. 27 in Purdue Archives and Special Collections

22 August 2018 - 2:03pm
Purdue University Archives and Special Collections (ASC) latest exhibit highlights the physical growth and evolution of Purdue’s West Lafayette campus since the University was founded in 1869. “Building Purdue: 150 Years of the West Lafayette Campus” will be on display from Monday, Aug. 27–Friday, Dec. 14 in the ASC (located on the fourth floor of […]

Purdue Archives’ New Exhibit Tells Story of “The Sixties: A Decade of Triumph, Struggle, and Change at Purdue”

27 April 2018 - 11:10am
A new exhibit, “The Sixties: A Decade of Triumph, Struggle, and Change” from Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, a division of Purdue Libraries, features a rich variety of artifacts, photographs, and documents, all from the Archives’ collections. According to Archivist for University History Adriana Harmeyer, the artifacts and displays spotlight the student experience at […]

From the Archives: At the Beginning

22 April 2018 - 3:30pm
For our final From the Archives photo this semester, we look way, way back to the oldest photo of campus.  Where is this?  Can you identify any of the buildings?  When would this have been taken? Share your ideas in the comments and check back on Friday to learn the details about this photo.

From the Archives: Play Ball!

25 March 2018 - 3:30pm
Spring is here, which means warmer weather and baseball season!  Baseball has always been a popular activity at Purdue.  Can you identify the location of this baseball game?  When was it?  How many landmarks can you identify in the background?  Share your theories in the comments and check back on Friday for the full story! […]

From the Archives: Paperwork

11 March 2018 - 3:30pm
In this image, many people have gathered to complete an important task that is a regular part of every student’s college experience.  What are they doing?  How was it organized?  Where is this? Share your ideas in the comments and check back on Friday for the full story!

From the Archives: An Active Classroom

25 February 2018 - 2:30pm
Purdue students have always enjoyed hands-on activities as part of their coursework, gaining real world experience as they prepare for their future careers.  What course of study are these students following?  What are they doing?  Where are they?  Share your ideas in the comments and check back on Friday for the reveal!

From the Archives: A Campus House

11 February 2018 - 2:30pm
Many buildings have housed Purdue’s departments and organizations.  Those that are gone often played an important role in the foundation and growth of programs that still exist on campus today.  Do you know what organization was based in this structure?  How long was this building its home?  Where was it located?  Share your ideas in […]

From the Archives: Balloon Parade

28 January 2018 - 2:30pm
It’s always a good time to celebrate Purdue!  In this image, we see a large group of people parading along a West Lafayette street.  Can you identify the location and the time period?  Where might they have been going? Share your guesses in the comments and check back on Friday when we reveal the full […]

From the Archives: A Winter Scene

15 January 2018 - 2:30pm
Winter break is over and classes are back in session, but Purdue’s campus still looks like a winter wonderland.  Students have been trekking through snow to travel between their classes, dorms, and activities, just as they always have.  The features in this photograph are no longer part of the campus landscape, but can you identify […]