Albert Homer Purdue Papers

MC 214

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

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Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Heather Young, 2018.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Purdue, Albert Homer, 1861-1917
Title
Albert Homer Purdue Papers
Inclusive Dates
1885-1917
Identification
MC 214
Extent
.25 Linear Feet (1 box)
Language
Materials are in English.
Repository
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

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.

Processing Information

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

Updated by Katrina Windon in August 2018 to incorporate Item 1.

Preferred Form of Citation

Albert Homer Purdue Papers (MC 214), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

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.

Scope and Content Note

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.

Related Materials

Records relating to the Albert Homer Purdue Papers include:

Albert Homer Purdue Papers, 1911-1918, MC 327

John Casper Branner Papers, 1892-1918, MC 280

Ida Pace Purdue Scrapbooks, 1884-1958, MS P972a

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by format.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Correspondence, 1898-1917

Box 1 Folder 2

Correspondence, familial, 1905-1911

Box 1 Folder 3

Articles by Purdue, photocopies, 1912-1917

Box 1 Folder 4

Bibliographies of work by Purdue, photocopies, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 5

Diploma awarded to Purdue by Indiana State Normal School, Terre Haute, Indiana, 6-8-1888 Removed to Manuscript Oversize Box 3.

Box 1 Folder 6

Bachelor of Arts Degree, Stanford University, 5-31-1893 Removed to Manuscript Oversize Box 3.

Box 1 Folder 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 [sic, should be 1893], Chicago, 9-13-1894 Removed to Manuscript Oversize Box 3.

Box 1 Folder 8

Honorary Degree of Doctoris in Legibus, University of Arkansas, 6-12-1912

Box 1 Folder 9

Photographs of Purdue, 1885-1914

Box 1 Folder 9 Item 1

Formal matted portrait of Purdue. Terre Haute, Indiana, ca 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."

Box 1 Folder 9 Item 2

Purdue, carte de visite. Terre Haute, Indiana, ca 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."

Box 1 Folder 9 Item 3

Formal matted portrait of Purdue. Albuquerque, New Mexico, ca 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."

Box 1 Folder 9 Item 4

Formal matted portrait of Purdue. San Jose, California, ca 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 and Yard [H and Y]. San Jose, Cal." Stamped on verso: "Hill and Yard Portraits. San Jose, Cal. 79 and 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."

Box 1 Folder 9 Item 5

Formal matted portrait of Purdue. Fayetteville, Arkansas, ca 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."

Box 1 Folder 9 Item 6

Formal matted portrait of Purdue. Chicago, ca 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."

Box 1 Folder 9 Item 7

Formal oval matted portrait in embossed brown cardboard folder of Purdue, ca 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."

Box 1 Folder 9 Item 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."

Box 1 Folder 9 Item 9

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

Box 1 Folder 9 Item 9

Photographs of Purdue- Formal portrait of Purdue by Moffett, 1912 24.75 x 20.25

Box 1 Folder 10

Photographs of Purdue, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 10 Item 10

Formal matted portrait of Purdue. Fayetteville, Arkansas, ca 1890 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.

Box 1 Folder 10 Item 11

Formal matted portrait of Purdue in formal dress, probably taken for a scientific meeting. Fayetteville, Arkansas, ca 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."

Box 1 Folder 10 Item 12

Formal oval matted portrait of Purdue. Fayetteville, Arkansas, ca 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."

Box 1 Folder 11

Group Photographs, 1890-1913

Box 1 Folder 11 Item 13

Formal matted group portrait of Herbert Clark Hoover and two other men. San Francisco, ca 1890 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."

Box 1 Folder 11 Item 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."

Box 1 Folder 11 Item 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."

Box 1 Folder 11 Item 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."

Box 1 Folder 11 Item 17

Purdue, ca 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. Removed to Manuscript Oversize Box 1.

Box 1 Folder 11 Item 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." Removed to Manuscript Oversize Box 1.

Box 1 Folder 11 Item 19

Formal portrait of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity, taken in the Kappa Alpha Fraternity House, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, ca 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." Removed to Manuscript Oversize Box 1.

END OF COLLECTION

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