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Albert Homer Purdue Papers

Identifier: MC 214

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.


  • Creation: 1885-1917


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

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Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

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

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.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by format.

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.



Albert Homer Purdue Papers
Janet G. Tucker
May 1988
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
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