Albert Homer Purdue Professional Papers

MS P97

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

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Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Purdue, A. H. (Albert Homer), 1861-1917
Title
Albert Homer Purdue Professional Papers
Inclusive Dates
1874-1918
Identification
MS P97
Extent
1 linear foot (2 boxes)
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

The Albert Homer Purdue Professional Papers were donated to the Special Collections Department by Richard Howell Purdue of Arlington, Virginia in July 1974.

Processing Information

Processed by Samuel Sizer; completed in November 1974.

Preferred Form of Citation

Albert Homer Purdue Professional Papers (MS P97), 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 Purdue was born on March 29, 1861, on a farm near Yankeetown, Indiana. Albert was the second oldest of eight children and spent his youth working on the family farm, receiving only minimal formal education. However, at the age of twenty, he entered the Indiana State Normal School (later Indiana State University) in Terre Haute where he received his diploma on June 8, 1888. Albert also attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, but obtained his Bachelor of Arts on May 31, 1893, as the first geology student graduated by Stanford University in California. While at Stanford, Purdue worked under Professor John Casper Branner, who was state geologist of Arkansas from 1887 to 1893. He also operated a laundry business with fellow geology student Herbert Clark Hoover, who later became president of the United States. Albert enrolled as a graduate student in geology on a fellowship at the University of Chicago but later left since he was given a position as professor of geology at Arkansas Industrial University. In 1898, he was promoted to full professor and married Ida Pace, an associate professor of English at the university, on December 22 and they had two sons. By legislative act, Albert was appointed ex officio state geologist of Arkansas from 1907 to 1912, in addition to his responsibilities for teaching and research at the university. As state, geologist, he oversaw publication of volumes on slates for 1909 (which he authored), coal mining for 1910 (by A. A. Steel), and water power for 1911 (by W. N. Gladson). He was also a field geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey during the summers of 1895 and 1900 through 1912. Folios published as a result of this field work depicting the geology of areas in Ozark, Hot Springs (Garland County), and southern Arkansas furthered Purdues reputation as a geologist. In 1912, the state cut off support for his position, and in February 1912, Purdue was granted leave to accept the position of state geologist of Tennessee. He officially resigned his university position that summer. He was presented with a silver cup by his students, and the university awarded him an honorary LLD degree. While state geologist of Tennessee, Purdue produced a series of volumes on the resources of the state, especially its base metals. At the point in his life, he was a member of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, the Geological Society of America, and the Geological Society of London, as well as president of the Tennessee Academy of Sciences. An intestinal condition that had plagued him for nearly thirty years became increasingly acute in the latter stages of his life. A series of attacks left him periodically incapacitated, and a particularly severe attack in November 1917 while he was working in the field forced him to return to Nashville, Tennessee, for surgery. On the morning of the operation, he dictated a report on the manganese deposits he had been investigating in eastern Tennessee. Although the operation was at first deemed successful, complications set in, and Purdue died of kidney failure on December 12, 1917.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 18 notebooks; 23 manuscripts of published or unpublished articles, addresses and reports by Purdue; 45 reprints, tear-sheets, clippings and pamphlet printings of published articles, addresses and other works by, or about the academic or professional careers of, the Indiana native and Stanford University graduate who became Arkansas State Geologist and Arkansas State Superintendent of Mines and Metallurgy and who served as University of Arkansas professor of geology and mining from 1896 until 1912, when he accepted appointment as Tennessee State Geologist. Some of the material, which is arranged in 3 series, relates to John Casper Branner.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged in three series:

  1. Series 1. Notebooks
  2. Series 2. Manuscripts
  3. Series 3. Printed Materials

Related Materials

See also the following related collections:

Albert Homer Purdue Papers, MC 327

Albert Homer Purdue Papers, MC 214

Albert Homer Purdue Postcard, MC 2407

Subject Terms

The following persons, organizations, or topics are among those represented within the collection materials:

Geology--Arkansas

Mines and mineral resources--Arkansas

University of Arkansas (Fayetteville campus). Department of Geology

Branner, John Casper, 1850-1922

    Detailed Description of the Collection

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

    series 1: Notebooks,

    1874-1912

    series I Box 1 Folder 1 Item 1

    Notebook, 1874 5 3/4" x 3 1/4" 11 pages.

    Light brown in color with "Return to A. H. Purdue, Russel[aer], Ind." on front cover. October 20, 1874 to October 28, 1847. One small map of the geology of Indiana in the middle of notebook.

    series I Box 1 Folder 1 Item 2

    Notebook, 1876 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" 38 pages.

    Light brown in color with loose cloth binding. "Determative Mineralogy, Winter of Chicago, Spring Quarter, 1876" written on front cover. Spring Quarter, 1876. Loose sheet with chemical notations (located in first quarter of book).

    series I Box 1 Folder 1 Item 3

    Notebook, 1891 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" 84 pages.

    Front and back covers of greenish swirls with black back building. First page--"A.H. Purdue, Stanford University-1891". 1891 to October 10, 1892. Mathematical equations on last page.

    series I Box 1 Folder 2 Item 4

    Notebook, 1892 6 1/2" x 4" 65 pages.

    Light brown in color with very little back binding. On first page -- "Return to A.H. Purdue, Stanford University, Geology of San Francisco". April 12, 1892 to May 25, 1893. One last page -- title, "To be photographed".

    series I Box 1 Folder 2 Item 5

    Notebook, 1892 8 1/2" x 5 3/4" 34 pages.

    Brown in color with areas of dark green. On first page -- "L. S. J. W., January 8, 1892, Entomology, A.H. Purdue". January 8, 1892. Halfway through notebook -- section entitled "Paleontology" begins.

    series I Box 1 Folder 2 Item 6

    Notebook, 1892 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" 50 pages.

    Light brown in color (Binding at top instead of side). Written on cover -- "Economic Geology". [1892]. Each page is written on front and back.

    series I Box 1 Folder 3 Item 7

    Notebook, 1895 5 3/4" x 3 1/2" 121 pages.

    Deep reddish in color (almost red-purple) with front cover detached but present. On first page -- "Book No. 1 U. This book contains notes on Newton, Counties, Indiana". July 2, 1895 to August 8, 1895. Writing on the opposite sides of the front and back covers. Notebook in style of telephone or address book with alphabetical tabs.

    series I Box 1 Folder 3 Item 8

    Notebook, 1895 7 1/2" x 4 1/2" 138 pages.

    Light brown in color with reddish cloth binding. On back cover -- "Principles and Working Methods of Geology, University of Chicago, Autumn Quarter, 1895". October 3, 1895 to January 14, 1896. Writing -- front and back -- on nearly every page.

    series I Box 1 Folder 3 Item 9

    Notebook, 1896 7 1/2" x 4 1/4" 98 pages.

    Light brown in color with "Petrography-Iddings. Spring Quarter, 1896", written on front cover. Spring Quarter, 1896. Eight smaller loose sheets of notes.

    series I Box 1 Folder 4 Item 10

    Notebook, 1896 7 3/8" x 4 3/8" 190 pages.

    Two notebooks, both light brown in color, bound together loosely. On the front cover of each, "Mineralogy". Winter Quarter, 1896. Three small loose sheets (one within first notebook, two in other).

    series I Box 1 Folder 4 Item 11

    Notebook, 1900 7" x 4 3/8" 31 pages.

    Minus front and back cover. Tied together with two pieces of string at top. First page -- "[Murble] City Mine". June 29, 1900 to July 6, 1900. Many hand-drawn illustrations throughout the notebook.

    series I Box 1 Folder 4 Item 12

    Notebook, 1900 6 5/8" x 3 7/8" 51 pages.

    On back of front cover -- "Return to A.H. Purdue, Fayetteville, Ark, and be rewarded".

    series I Box 1 Folder 5 Item 13

    Notebook, 1900 6 3/4" x 4 1/8" 127 pages.

    Light brown in color (almost tan) with "Zinc and Lead" written on a small red and white label on the front cover. July 10, 1900 to December 9, 1900. Inside of front cover, attached ALS of July 10, 1900 (from J. C. Branner).

    series I Box 1 Folder 5 Item 14

    Notebook, 1901 6" x 3 5/8" 35 pages.

    Black cover with a design in the upper and lower right hand corners. On piece of paper attached to front cover -- "Notes on 'No Such' or Casper Property, Lawrence County, Ark. Jan. 1901". January 2, 1901 to January 19, 1901. Notebook similar to telephone or address book with alphabetical tabs.

    series I Box 1 Folder 5 Item 15

    Notebook, 1901 6 1/2" x 4" 56 pages.

    Light brown in color with "Boston Mountains, and Arkansas Valley Coal Fields" written on a piece of paper attached to the front cover. April 10, 1901 to November 16, 1901. "Return to A.H. Purdue, Fayetteville, Ark." written on first page.

    series I Box 1 Folder 6 Item 16

    Notebook, 1912 6 3/4" x 3 7/8" 15 pages.

    Tan colored notebook minus outer binding cover. First numbered page entitle "Funny Stories from Many Stories By A.H. Purdue". 1912. Calendar for 1912 on back of front cover. Two newspaper clippings and a photograph placed unconnected in the notebook.

    series I Box 1 Folder 6 Item 17

    Notebook, n.d. 7 3/8" x 4 1/2" 140 pages.

    Light brown in color with "Effects of Topography on Rainfall" written on the second page. [n.d.]. Nearly all pages written on -- front and back.

    series I Box 1 Folder 6 Item 18

    Notebook, n.d. 7 1/2" x 4 1/2" 102 pages.

    Light brown notebook with the Royal Eagle Trademark on the front cover. Fourth page begins with "na = b = me". [n.d.]. Single loose sheet in middle of notebook.

    series 2: Manuscripts,

    1895-1915

    series II Box 2 Folder 1 Item 1

    "Review of the Work Done in Principles and Working Methods in Geology During its Autumn Quarter, 1895", 1895 MS 25p on 25L.

    series II Box 2 Folder 1 Item 2

    The Formation, and Conditions for the Accumulation of Natural Gas (lecture read before the Science Club of A. I. W. March 6, 1897), March 6, 1897 MS 17p on 17L.

    series II Box 2 Folder 1 Item 3

    Address Delivered Before the Alpha-Omicron Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order, December 21, 1897. The Thirty-Second Anniversary of the Order. Published as "The Function of Greek-Letter Fraternities", The Ozark, V(1898)319-329., December 21, 1897 MS/TS 13p on 13L.

    series II Box 2 Folder 1 Item 4

    Glaciation and Glacial Action (lecture delivered before teachers of Little Rock, Arkansas, on April 28, 1898), April 28, 1898 MS 5p on 5L.

    series II Box 2 Folder 1 Item 5

    The Geography of Arkansas and How to Teach It (paper read before the Western Arkansas Teachers' Association, December 28, 1898), December 28, 1898 MS/TS 8p on 8L.

    series II Box 2 Folder 1 Item 6

    "Arkansas". [Published as The Geography Arkansas by American Book Company, Cincinnati?], ca1898 MS/TS 9p on 9L.

    series II Box 2 Folder 1 Item 7

    "The Saddle-Back Topography of the Boone Chert Region, Arkansas". Published in Science (N.S.) 17(1903) 222., February 6, 1903 Ts 6p on 6L.

    series II Box 2 Folder 2 Item 8

    "Artesian Conditions North of the Arkansas River, Arkansas", 1903 MS/TS 15p on 15L.

    series II Box 2 Folder 2 Item 9

    "Hydrology of the Paleozoic-Tertiary Borders in Northern Arkansas". Published as "Water Resources of the Contact Region between the Paleozonic and Mississippi Embayment Deposits in Northern Arkansas", United States Geological Survey Water-Supply and Irrigation Paper Number 145, pages 88-119., circa 1903 TS 43p [ie., 54] on 54L.

    series II Box 2 Folder 2 Item 10

    "The Arkansas Mineral Exhibit, Louisiana Purchase Exposition", October 28, 1904 TS 8p [ie., 10] on 10L.

    series II Box 2 Folder 2 Item 11

    "Hydrology of the Winslow Quadrangle, Arkansas". Published as "Water Resources of the Winslow Quadrangle, Arkansas", United States Geological Survey Water-Supply and Irrigation Paper Number 145, pages 84-87, 1 figure., December 8, 1904 TS 6p on 6L (2 figures).

    series II Box 2 Folder 3 Item 12

    "Description of the Winslow Quadrangle", May 6, 1905 TS 52p [ie., 53 on 53L.]

    series II Box 2 Folder 3 Item 13

    "Structural Relations of the Wisconsin Zinc and Lead Deposits". Published in Economic Geology, 1(1906) 391-392., January 30, 1906 TS 3p on 3L.

    series II Box 2 Folder 3 Item 14

    "Developed Phosphate Deposits of Northern Arkansas". Published in United State Geological Survey, Bulletin 315, 1907, 99s. 463-473., January 26, 1907 MS/TS 18p [ie., 19] on 19L (1 figure).

    series II Box 2 Folder 3 Item 15

    "Structure and Stratigraphy of the Ouachita Ordovician Area, Arkansas". Published in the Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, 19(1909) 556-557., January 30, 1909 TS copy 1p on 1L.

    series II Box 2 Folder 3 Item 16

    Some Essentials of Public Speaking (lecture read before the [Providence] Literary Society, University of Arkansas, November 4, 1910). Published in University Weekly (Fayetteville, Ark.), November 4, 1910 MS/TS 13p on 13L.

    series II Box 2 Folder 3 Item 17

    "On the Nature of Private Reports". Published in Engineering and Mining Journal, [New York, Volume 102, Number 13] page 546., ca1915-19? TS 1p on 1L.

    series II Box 2 Folder 4 Item 18

    "A Criticism of the Nebular Hypothesis", n.d. MS 7p on 4L.

    series II Box 2 Folder 4 Item 19

    "Description of the Eureka Springs Quadrangle", n.d. TS 43p [ie., 46] on 46L.

    series II Box 2 Folder 4 Item 20

    "The Operation of the Mine-Run Law in Arkansas". Published in (Little Rock) Arkansas Gazette., n.d. TS 9p on 9L.

    series II Box 2 Folder 4 Item 21

    "Origin and Nature of Soil", n.d. MS 17p on 17L.

    series II Box 2 Folder 4 Item 22

    "Volcanoes and Volcanic Phenomena", n.d. TS 13p on 13L.

    series II Box 2 Folder 4 Item 23

    "Water Resources of the Western Border of the Lowlands in Northern Arkansas", n.d. MS 38p ie., 39 on 39L.

    series 3: Printed Materials,

    1895-1918

    series III Box 2 Folder 5 Item 1

    "The Charleston (Mo.( Earthquake", Proceedings Indiana Academy of Science, V(1895) 51-53., 1895 PR 3p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 5 Item 2

    "Some Mounds of Vanderburgh County, Indiana", [Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science, 1896, pages 68-71 ?]., 1896 PR 4p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 5 Item 3

    "The Teaching of Geography", Arkansas School Journal, pages 10-12., ca1896-1906 PR 4p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 5 Item 4

    "A Strange Village", The Ozark, January, 1897., January, 1897 PR 4p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 5 Item 5

    "Demands Upon University Curricula" (read at the Southern Education Association in Memphis, Tennessee, on December 28, 1899)., December 28, 1899 PR 12p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 5 Item 6

    "Valleys of Solution in Northern Arkansas", Journal of Geology, IX(1901) 47-50., January-February, 1901 Proc PR 4p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 5 Item 7

    "Illustrated Note on a Miniature Overthrust Fault and Anticline", Journal of Geology, IX(1901) 341-342., May-June, 1901 Proc PR 2p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 5 Item 8

    "North Arkansas Mineral District", The Lead and Zinc News [Joplin, Missouri, Volume 1, Number 2] page 4-5., 1901 PR 4p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 5 Item 9

    "Review of "Evolution of the Northern Part of the Lowlands of Southeastern Missouri' by Professor C. F. Marbut", Journal of Geology X(1902) 919-921., November-December, 1902 Proc PR 3p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 5 Item 10

    Register of the Graduates of the Departments of Engineering, Geology, and Chemistry of Leland Stanford Junior University 1892-1901, (Stanford University Press, California, 1902)., n.d. PR 24p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 5 Item 11

    "Is the Normal School Passing?", Atlantic Educational Journal, Volume VI, Number 4, May, 1903., May, 1903 Proc PR 24p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 5 Item 12

    "Geographic Processes", New York Teachers' Monographs [5(1903) 1-6]., 1903 PR 6p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 5 Item 13

    "A Topographic Result of the Alluvial Cone", Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Sciences, 1903, pages 109-111., 1903 Proc PR 3p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 5 Item 14

    "Concerning the Natural Mounds", Science (N.S.) XXI(1905) 823-824., April 10, 1905 PR 1p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 5 Item 15

    From School to College by John C. Branner, Ph. D. [Acting President Leland Stanford Junior University] (Stanford University Press, 1905)., September 6, 1905 PR 21p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 5 Item 16

    "Address Representing the Faculty at the Inauguration of J. N. Tillman as President of the University of Arkansas, September 20, 1905", September 20, 1905 Proc PR 3p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 5 Item 17

    "The University Training of Engineers in Economic Geology" by John Casper Branner, Economic Geology I(1906) 289-294., December, 1905-January, 1906 Proc PR 6p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 5 Item 18

    "Is the Multiplication of Mining Schools Justifiable?" Mines and Minerals, April, 1906, pages 411-412., April, 1906 PR 4p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 5 Item 19

    "Cave-Sandstone Deposits of the Southern Ozarks", Bulletin of the Geological Society of America 18(1907) 251-256., January 6, 1907 PR 7p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 5 Item 20

    "On the Origin of Linestone Sink-Holes", Science (N.S.) XXII (1907) 120-122., July 26, 1907 Proc PR 2p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 6 Item 21

    "A New Discovery of Peridotite in Arkansas", Economic Geology III(1908) 525-528., August-September, 1908 Proc PR 30p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 6 Item 22

    "State Geologist Makes Report on Slates", The (Little Rock) Aransas Democrat, Volume 3, Number 320, August 8, 1909., August 8, 1909 PR 1p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 6 Item 23

    "Addresses on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Lives of Great Men", University of Arkansas Bulletin III(1909) 3-4., September, 1909 PR 30p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 6 Item 24

    "Time Economy in the Public Schools", Arkansas School Journal, Volume 16, Number 3, February, 1910, pages 11-13., February, 1910 PR 4p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 6 Item 25

    Possibilities of the Clay Industry in Arkansas, (The Brick Makers' Association of Arkansas, 1910), March 29, 1910 PR 5p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 6 Item 26

    "Address of Professor Purdue before the Periclean Literary Society", University Weekly [1910?], 1910 PR 2p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 6 Item 27

    "Some Neglected Principles of Physiography", Proceedings Indiana Academy of Science, 1911, pages 83-87., 1911 PR 5p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 6 Item 28

    "Recently Discovered Hot Springs in Araknsas", Journal of Geology XIX(1911) 272-275., April-May, 1911 Proc PR 4p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 6 Item 29

    "Criticise Mine-Run Law in Arkansas", The Tradesman LXVI(1911) 27-28., November 9, 1911 PR 2p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 6 Item 30

    "A Plea for Better English", The Stanford Alumnus, Volume 17, pages 182-184., ca1911 PR 2p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 6 Item 31

    "Failure of the Nashville Reservoir", Engineering Record 66(1912) 539-540., November 16, 1912 PR 2p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 6 Item 32

    "Failure of the Reservoir at Johnson City, Tennessee", Engineering Record 67(1913) 600., May 31, 1913 PR 2p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 6 Item 33

    "The Education of and for the Farm", Proceedings of the Middle Tennessee Farmers' Institute, October 21-27, 1913., October 21-27, 1913 Proc PR 4p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 6 Item 34

    "The Minerals of Tennessee, Their Nature, Uses, Occurrence and Literature", The Resources of Tennessee III(1913) 183-230., October, 1913 PR 62p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 6 Item 35

    "Road Materials of Tennessee", The Resources of Tennessee IV(1914) 132-135., July, 1914 PR 46p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 7 Item 36

    Year Book of the Geological and Mining Society of American Universities, Volume I, 1914., 1914 PR 62p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 7 Item 37

    The Call of the World Address possibly given at the Class Day Program of June 2, 1914 at the University of Tennessee, 1914 PR 12p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 7 Item 38

    "Dr. Branner Consents to Retain Presidency", San Francisco (California) Chronicle, May 18, 1915, page 3., May 18, 1915 PR 2p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 8 Item 39

    List of the Geological Society of London, July, 1916 (Taylor and Francis, London, 1916), July, 1916 PR 97p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 8 Item 40

    "Things the Farmer Should Know", Cumberland Valley National Bank letter, Nashville, Tennessee, 1916 PR 4p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 8 Item 41

    "The State Geologist and Conservation", Science (N.S.) XLV (1917) 249-252., March 16, 1917 Proc PR 7p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 8 Item 42

    "General Oil and Gas Conditions of the Highland Rim Area in Tennessee", The Resources of Tennessee VII(1917) 220-234., October, 1917 PR 36p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 8 Item 43

    "Manganese Deposits of Bradley County", The Resources of Tennessee VIII(1918) 3-6., January, 1918 PR 78p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 8 Item 44

    "Memorial of Albert Homer Purdue" by George H. Ashley, Bulletin of the Geological Society of Arkansas 29(1918) 55-64., March 31, 1918 Proc PR 15p.

    series III Box 2 Folder 8 Item 45

    The Geological Scale For Use in Conferences and on Excursions, n.d. PR 15p.

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