The Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center

Looking Down, Looking Out, and Looking up: Maps and the Human Experience. On display through June 2017. Visit the exhibition and discover how five Purdue Deans shaped the university and its students. Visit the exhibition to learn more about the journey of a decorated Purdue alumnus astronaut. Join CrowdAsk, a community of Purdue historians, researchers, and students.


Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives

Preserving the history of flight and space exploration as experienced by Purdue University alumni, educators, and researchers in engineering, aeronautics, and astronautics.

Psychoactive Substances Research Collection

The international history of psychoactive substances and their benefits to medicine and healing.

Susan Bulkeley Butler Women's Archives

Documenting the pioneering women who helped shape Purdue and Indiana history.

About the Archives

The mission of the Purdue University Libraries Archives and Special Collections unit is to support the discovery, learning, and engagement goals of Purdue University by identifying, collecting, preserving, and making available for research records and papers of enduring value created or received by the University and its employees.

To help with this Mission, donations are key to the future of the Archives. To learn more about donating materials to the Archives, please see our transfer guidelines.

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Additional Info

(765) 494-2839
Physical Address: 

Stewart Center, 4th floor of HSSE library
504 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Mailing Address: 

Purdue University Libraries - SPEC
504 W State St
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2058