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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.
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! […]
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!
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In addition to Christmas and snow, Purdue students know that December means finals. Students are filling study spaces across campus as they prepare for exams and term papers, just as they have throughout Purdue’s history. Can you identify this location filled with studying students, what it was called, and where it was located? Share your […]
Many buildings have been part of Purdue’s campus landscape over the years. Some became institutional landmarks while others were here only briefly, built to serve a specific purpose for a limited period of time. Can you identify the structures in this photograph, their purpose, and where they were located? Share your theories in the comments […]
Open House and Reception for “Missing You” Amelia Earhart Exhibit Set for Nov. 18 at Purdue University Archives
An Open House and Reception for the “Missing You: Navigating Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight and Enduring Legacy” exhibition at Purdue University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections (ASC) is set from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. The ASC is located in the Humanities, Social Science, and Education (HSSE) Library, Stewart Center, on the fourth floor. The […]
Clubs have always been an important part of student life at Purdue. This photo provides a glimpse into the activities of one club and includes its most famous member. Can you identify the club and one of the men in this image? Share your theories in the comments and check back on Friday for the […]
Throughout Purdue’s history, students, faculty, and staff have enjoyed recreational activities on all parts of campus. This photograph shows one of the more popular activities that was enjoyed throughout the year. Can you tell what is happening here, when, and where this picture was taken? Share your theories in the comments and we’ll reveal the whole story […]
As the State Street Project continues to update the appearance of Purdue and West Lafayette, we look back on another construction project that changed the area. Can you guess what is being built in this photo, where it is located, and when this photo was taken? Share your ideas in the comments and check back […]
It’s football season, which means it’s band season. The “All-American” Marching Band has been a Purdue tradition since the 1880s and has seen thousands of proud Boilermakers join its ranks. This young member of the band went on to become one of Purdue’s most recognizable graduates, but can you identify him before he was famous? […]
Archivist of U.S. to Share Information Preservation Challenges, Opportunities at Sept. 28 Inaugural Hiler Theater Lecture
The Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, will share the many information preservation challenges and opportunities faced by the nation in the Inaugural Hiler Theater Lecture sponsored by the Purdue University Libraries. Ferriero, confirmed as the 10th archivist of the United States in November 2009, will deliver, “Preserving the Past to Inform the […]
The From the Archives photo series returns with the start of the new school year. On alternating Mondays throughout the academic year, we will feature a photo from Purdue Libraries Archives and Special Collections in conjunction with Purdue Today and give readers a chance to answer what’s taking place in the image. The full […]
The research paper is a fact of life in college. If you have completed a college-level class, it’s almost guaranteed you have received a syllabus that instructed you to format a paper according to a particular academic style and directed you to turn in a double-digit-page composition citing at least three-to-five (or more) sources. While […]
The academic year has ended and summer is upon us. For our final From the Archives post until fall, we present a campus photo that fully embodies summer. Do you remember where on campus you could find this scene? What’s there now? Share your guesses and memories in the comments and check back on Thursday […]
Graduation is almost upon us, so what better time to look back at other graduations in Purdue’s past? Here you can see Purdue students proceeding to their graduation ceremony, but can you tell where and when this photo taken? What clues led you to your answers? Share your ideas in the comments and check back […]