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Albert Homer Purdue Papers

Articles, Correspondence, Official Documents, and Photographs, 1885-1917

Manuscript Collection 214



INFORMATION ABOUT ALBERT HOMER PURDUE

Albert Homer Purdue (1861-1917) was born and attended school in Yankeetown, Indiana, in Warrick County on the Ohio River.  He received a diploma from Indiana State Normal School in Terre Haute, Indiana (now Indiana State University) in 1888.  Purdue taught school in Missouri and was later made Assistant Superintendent of the United States Indian School at Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He studied geology at The Leland Stanford Junior University, later known as Stanford University, from 1890-93. Purdue was the first student of geology at Stanford and the first to graduate.  While at Stanford, Purdue worked under Professor John Casper Branner, State Geologist of Arkansas from 1887-92.  Purdue was an agent for a laundry in San Jose when he was at Stanford, operating this business with fellow geology student Herbert Clark Hoover, President of the United States from 1929 to 1933.  Purdue named his older son Branner Purdue for John Casper Branner, and several letters that he exchanged with Herbert Hoover form part of the present collection.

Purdue was a fellow in geology at the University of Chicago in 1895-96 and became professor of geology at the University of Arkansas in the latter year; he was made professor of geology and mining at the University of Arkansas in 1902.  The University of Arkansas awarded Purdue an honorary LL. D. degree in 1912.  From 1907-12, he was ex officio State Geologist of Arkansas.  When the state of Arkansas cut off its support, he resigned in 1912 to become State Geologist of Tennessee, a  post he held until his death in 1917.  He was a member of the American Institute of Mining Engineers; elected in 1911 to the Council of the Geological Society of America. he was a member of the Geological Society of London and was President of the Tennessee Academy of Sciences at the time of his death.


INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTION

Papers pertaining to Albert Homer Purdue were donated to Special Collections by his son Richard Howell Purdue of Arlington, Virginia, and later of Nashville, Tennessee, on October 26, 1974, and October 20, 1976.

The papers contain Purdue's correspondence, consisting mainly of an exchange of letters (some photocopied) between Purdue and Herbert Hoover, 1898-1913.  The letter from Hoover dated 1898 is incomplete; Richard Howell Purdue states that his mother, Ida Pace Purdue, destroyed the first four pages, containing the date and salutation, following the death of Purdue in 1917.  A letter from Theodore Roosevelt concerning the possibility of Roosevelt leading a detachment of volunteers in France in the Great War is included, with Purdue's reply, along with family correspondence.

Articles written for scientific journals, including bibliographies of Purdue's publications, also form part of the collection, as do Purdue's diplomas and degrees and a collection of photographs.  All photographs are black and white; dimensions are given height first.

Processed by Janet G. Tucker, Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in May 1988.




CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION (3 linear feet)

Box 1

1.  Correspondence, 1898-1917.
2.  Correspondence, familial, 1905-11.
3.  Articles by Purdue, 1912-17, photocopies.
4.  Bibliographies of works by Purdue, photocopies.

Items 5-8 have been removed to Manuscript Oversize Box 3.

5.  Diploma awarded to Purdue by Indiana State Normal School, Terre Haute, Indiana, June 8, 1888.
6. Bachelor of Arts Degree, Stanford University, May 31, 1893.
7. Diploma of Honorable Mention to Purdue for his assistance to John C. Branner in producing and exhibiting a relief map of Arkansas, The World's Columbian Exposition, Sept 13, 1894 [sic, should be 1893], Chicago.
8. Honorary Degree of Doctoris in Legibus, University of Arkansas, June 12, 1912.

Photographs.

Box 1

Folder 9.  Photographs of Purdue.

1. Formal matted portrait of Purdue.  Terre Haute, Indiana, c. 1885.  5 1/2 x 3 3/4 portrait matted on
6 x 4 cardboard.  Made while a student at Indiana State Normal School.  Stamped on front, on matte:  "D. H. Wright.  Terre Haute."  Handwritten notation on verso:  "Albert Homer Purdue."  Handwritten notation on verso, different hand:  "circa 1885."

2.  Purdue, carte de visite.  Terre Haute, Indiana, c. 1888.  4 x 2 1/2.  Made at about the time of his graduation from Indiana State Normal School.  Stamped on verso:  "Wright's.  421 1/2 Main Street, Terre Haute, Indiana.  Negatives preserved and duplicate prints as perfect as the original on short notice."   Handwritten notation on verso:  "Albert Homer Purdue."   Handwritten notation on verso, different hand:  "circa 1888."

3. Formal matted portrait of Purdue.  Albuquerque, New Mexico, c. 1890.  5 1/2 x 3 3/4 portrait matted on 6 1/2 x 4 cardboard.  Made while he was Assistant Superintendent of a United States Indian School.  Stamped on front, on matte:  "Cobb.  115 Gold Avenue.  Albuquerque, N. M."  Handwritten notation on verso:  "Albert Homer Purdue."  Handwritten notation on verso, different hand:  "circa 1890."

4.  Formal matted portrait of Purdue, San Jose,  California,   c. 1893.  5 1/2 x 3 3/4 portrait matted on 6 1/2 x 4 cardboard.  Made while he was a student at Stanford.  Embossed on front, on matte:  Hill & Yard [H & Y].  San Jose, Cal."  Stamped on verso:  "Hill & Yard Portraits.  San Jose, Cal.  79 & 81 W. Santa Clara St.  Duplicates can be had at any time.  These mounts are imported from Europe for our Trade."  Handwritten notation on verso:  "Albert Homer Purdue."  Handwritten notation on verso, different hand:  "circa 1893."

5. Formal matted portrait of Purdue.  Fayetteville, Arkansas, c. 1902.  5 1/2 x 4 portrait matted on 6 1/2 x 4 1/4 cardboard.  Made while Purdue was professor of geology at the University of Arkansas.  Embossed on front, on matte:  "C. E. Watton, Fayetteville, Arkansas." Handwritten notation on verso:  "Albert Homer Purdue.  circa 1902."

6. Formal matted portrait of Purdue.  Chicago, c. 1910.  9 x 7 portrait on 10 x 8 cardboard matte.
7 x 9 photograph of building in landscape matted to back, not identified, crossed out, n.d.  Written on front:  "Moffett.  Chicago."  Stamped on verso:  "Pach Bros. 841  Broadway, N. Y."  Handwritten notation on verso: "Albert Homer Purdue.  circa 1910."

7. Formal oval matted portrait in embossed brown cardboard folder of Purdue.  c. 1912.  5 x 3 1/2 oval portrait in 10 1/2 x 6 3/4 double matte in 11 1/4 x 14 1/2 folder.  Name of studio embossed on matte, illegible.  Handwritten notation on matte:  "Albert Homer Purdue."  Handwritten notation on matte, different hand:  "circa 1912."

8. Purdue.  Missouri, Nov, 1913.  3 x 5.  Handwritten notation on verso:  "Snapshot by Buchler.  Missouri Excursion.  November, 1913."  Handwritten notation on verso, different hand:  "Albert Homer Purdue."

9. Formal portrait of Purdue.  Nashville, Tennessee [?], c. 1914.  5 x 3 1/4.  Handwritten notation on verso:  "Albert Homer Purdue.  circa 1914."

Folder 10.  Photographs of Purdue, n.d.

10. Formal matted portrait of Purdue, Fayetteville, Arkansas, c. 1890s.  5 1/2 x 3 3/4 portrait on 6 1/2 x 4 1/4 cardboard matte. Embossed on front, on matte: "Mrs. Young.  [YS].  Fayetteville, Ark."  Handwritten notation on verso:  "Albert Homer Purdue."  Image of 5 1/2 x 3 1/4 oval portrait of Albert Homer Purdue, transferred onto verso of matte from another portrait not in this collection.

11. Formal matted portrait of Purdue in formal dress, probably taken for a scientific meeting, Fayetteville, Arkansas, c. 1900.  5 1/2 x 3 3/4  portrait on 5 3/4 x 4 1/4 matte, on 7 1/4 x 5 cardboard back.  Stamped on front:  "C. E. Watton.  Fayetteville, Ark."  Handwritten notation on verso:  "Albert Homer Purdue."

12. Formal oval matted portrait of Purdue, Fayetteville, Arkansas, c. 1900.  4 x 3 oval portrait on 7 1/4 x 4 3/4 matte.  Embossed on front, on matte:  "B. E. Grabill.  Fayetteville, Ark."  Handwritten notation      on verso:  "Albert Homer Purdue."

Folder 11.  Group Photographs.

13. Formal matted group portrait of Herbert Clark Hoover and  two other men.  San Francisco, c. early 1890s.  2 3/4 x  4 1/4 portrait matted on 4 1/2 x 6 1/4 cardboard.  Inscribed on  front, on matte:  "Thors [?] - San Francisco."  Handwritten notation on verso:  Musical notation by Hoover accompanying a jingle he composed:  "'Three Old Sports From Oklahoma.  Newson the Captian [sic].  Means the Jonah.'  Hello Purdue!  Why don't you say  something?  H. C. Hoover."

14. Branner Purdue on a horse named "Gyp."  Just south of Caddo Gap, Clay County, Arkansas.  1908.  3 1/2 x 5. Branner was the older son of Albert Homer Purdue. Handwritten notation on verso:  "Branner and Gyp.  Just south of Caddo Gap, Ark.  July 26, 1908."

15. Purdue with other geologists on a field trip, Missouri, Nov, 1913.  3 x 5 1/4.  Handwritten notation on verso:  "1.  Barrett of Ind.  2.  Prosser of Ohio.  3.  Bede of Ind.  4.  Weller of Chicago.  5.  De Wolf of Ill.  6.  O'Hara [?] of Okla.  7.  Snider of Okla.  8.  Hughes of Mo.  9.  Purdue of Tenn.  Missouri Excursion.  Nov, 1913.  Photo by Buchler."

16. Purdue with other geologists on a field trip, Missouri, Nov, 1913.  3 x 5 1/4.  Handwritten notation on verso:  "1.  Purdue.  2.  De Wolf.  3.  Weller.  4.  Prosser.  Snapshot by Buchler.  Missouri Excursion.   Nov, 1913."

The following photographs have been removed to Manuscript Oversize Box 1.

17. Purdue.  c. 1900.  7 1/2 x 9 1/4 photograph on 10 X 11 1/2 cardboard matte.  Taken in his office on the fourth floor of "Old Main," at the University of Arkansas.  Handwritten notation on verso:  "Albert Homer Purdue.  Office, University of Arkansas."  Image of building from another photograph visible on verso of matte..

18. Formal matted group portrait of Purdue family and guests, including Purdue, Richard Howell Purdue, Branner Pace Purdue, at Christmas dinner, 1910.  7 1/2 x 9 3/4 portrait on 10 x 12 1/4 cardboard matte.  Taken at the Purdue residence on Leverett Street, Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The Paces were the family of Ida Pace Purdue (wife of Albert Homer Purdue.  Embossed on front:  "Grabill.  Fayetteville, Ark."  TS notation affixed to verso:  "Purdue Residence.  Leverett Street, Fayetteville, Arkansas, Christmas, 1910.  Seated, from Left to Right:  Richard Howell Purdue, Branner Pace Purdue, Troy Pace, Flora Layton Pace, Frank Pace, Ida Pace Purdue, Albert Homer Purdue, Kate Pace Cantrell, Howard E. Cantrell, Ada Pace, Dr. Henry Pace, Sarah Howell Pace, William Fletcher Pace."

19. Formal portrait of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity, taken in the Kappa Alpha Fraternity House, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, c. 1900. 9 1/4 x 12 portrait matted on 11 1/2 x 13 cardboard back.  Purdue seated second row from bottom, third from left.  He was a faculty advisor for Kappa Alpha.  Handwritten notation on verso:  "Chapter of Kappa Alpha.  University of Arkansas.  Albert Homer Purdue, seated near center."



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