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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 […]

From the Archives: Standard Oil

September 24th, 2017

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 […]

From the Archives: The Tuba Player

September 10th, 2017

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? […]

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 […]

From the Archives: A Beginning

August 27th, 2017

  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? UPDATE: This outdoor swimming pool was part of the Recreational Gymnasium, which was […]

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 was taken?  What clues led you to your answers?  Share your ideas in the comments and check […]

Throughout the history of Purdue, its students have created and participated in many long-running traditions. What tradition is shown in this photo, and where did this activity occur? UPDATE: On May 1, 1913, Purdue held its first May Day festivities as part of Gala Week, a celebration of spring and the end of the academic […]

Today we share the second photograph in our From the Archives series. This photo shows a moment that changed the face of Purdue’s campus. What exactly is happening in this image and what was its result? UPDATE: On Jan. 19, 1894, Purdue dedicated a new mechanical engineering laboratory building on campus named after benefactor Amos […]