Purdue University was founded in 1869 and held its first classes in 1874. The campus at that time consisted of three buildings, six instructors and thirty-nine students. Today, Purdue enrolls more than 70,000 students on a state-wide system of campuses. Purdue University now has more than 400 buildings on 18,687 acres state-wide, and the faculty exceeds 15,000 members!
Purdue history is documented through the collections found on this server. Read the minutes of the Board of Trustees as the university grew into an international educational powerhouse. Look at the university through the eyes of the students by browsing the Debris, yearbooks. Explore Purdue's rich history by browsing each of the collections or by searching all of the selected collections at once.
Use the Advanced Search to narrow your search results. We have detailed instructions for the advanced search in the help system. The help system is also available from the Advanced Search page. When creating your search, limit your search to one or more of the collections found in the drop-down menu used for browsing collections.
The Digital Initiatives group has established standards for all of the scanning projects that are undertaken by the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center. For more information go the Digital Initiatives Project Manual.
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An audio-visual history of Purdue is available through a number of photographic collections. These include Purdue Athletics, Purdue University Administration, Purdue Colleges and Departments, Amelia Earhart at Purdue, Purdue Alumni, Purdue Buildings and Campus Scenes, Purdue Faculty, Purdue Students, Purdue History in Photographs, Purdue Oral History, and Purdue University Newsreels. Other relevant material may be found in the manuscript collection of the archives. Consult the archives finding aids.
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In the upper left hand corner select complete print version and press go. The document will then display in the window as a PDF. You can easily save the PDF and print from that version.
There are numerous people that have been involved with several of the collections. Sammie Morris has given the staff the vision to focus on disseminating Purdue history to a larger Audience. Liz Erlewine worked many hours checking the scanning of the Debris. Carl Snow assumed overall management of each of the projects. Jan Addison has insured that the final quality checks were done and managed the metadata for each of the projects.
If you are interested in learning more about any of these collections, please see our contact information.