Deadline extended for Purdue Archives and Special Collections Research Travel Grants

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January 15, 2017
Indiana, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Humanities, Women's & Gender History / Studies

The Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center of Purdue University Libraries welcomes applications for its 2017 Research Travel Grants. The purpose of these grants is to support the research of faculty, students, and independent scholars whose research cannot progress satisfactorily without consulting the Center’s unique collections onsite. Grants of up to $2000 will be awarded to individual scholars to support their travel to the Center.

Noteworthy collecting areas include:

Women’s Archives: The Susan Bulkeley Butler Women’s Archives documents the lives of women who helped shape Purdue and Indiana history. Notable collections include the George Palmer Putnam Collection of Amelia Earhart papers; the Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Library of Management; and various collections documenting the legacies of Purdue alumnae and faculty, including Dorothy Stratton, founding director of SPARS, the Women’s Reserve of the Coast Guard.  Women’s Archives website:

Flight and Space Exploration: The Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives collects original, rare, and unique materials that relate to the history of flight and space exploration, particularly materials that reveal the impact Purdue University’s teaching and research has had on aeronautics and astronautics. The Archives include the papers of faculty and alumni who served as astronauts, pilots, engineers, and aerospace professionals. Notable collections include the papers of Amelia Earhart, Neil Armstrong, Eugene Cernan, James “Jimmy” Johnson, and Janice Voss.  Hilton Flight Archives website:

Psychoactive Substances Research: The Psychoactive Substances Research Collections documents the history of psychoactive substances research (studies, for example, using LSD, MDMA, psilocybin, and related psychedelics and their applications for medicine and healing). Notable collections include the papers of Stan Grof and David Nichols. Psychoactive Substances Research Collection website:


Purdue University History:
The University Archives includes records of Purdue University’s departments, reflecting the founding, growth and evolution of the land-grant university for the State of Indiana and its mission to provide education in the agricultural and mechanical arts. The Research Center also collects papers of noteworthy Purdue alumni, faculty, and staff, including famed typographer and book designer Bruce Rogers; author, playwright and folklorist George Ade; “Dean of American Cartoonists” John T. McCutcheon; motion studies expert and engineering educator Lillian M. Gilbreth; and educator and diversity advocate Cornell Bell. Small, but significant, collections documenting the histories of Purdue’s diversity centers, including the Black Cultural Center and the LGBTQ Resource Center, have been established and continue to grow.

Rare Books and Early Manuscripts: The Center’s rare book collections include the history of engineering, science, and transportation, particularly railroads history, canals, and aviation (Goss Library of the History of Engineering); the history of economics and political thought (Krannert Special Collection); the history of typography and book design (Bruce Rogers Collection); and books about Indiana history or written by Indiana authors. The libraries of authors Charles Major and George Ade are also included in the collection.  The Center has three 16th century manuscript codices as well as a collection of 12 ancient and medieval manuscript leaves covering a wide range of time periods, places of origin, and scripts, for scholars interested in manuscript studies and the history of the book.

Further Information:

To see all of the archival and manuscript collections available in the Karnes Center, please search our finding aids database:

For more information about rare book collections:

To apply for a grant, please go to 

General information about the Karnes Center, including hours and contact information, is available on our website:

Deadline for applications: January 15, 2017

Contact Info: 

Sammie Morris, Director Purdue Archives and Special Collections

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