Purdue Archives offers look into Purdue's history

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. (WLFI) - There's a place on campus where you can find thousands of historic items from past astronauts and other famous alumni.

Posted: Mar 21, 2018 9:05 PM
Updated: Mar 22, 2018 9:07 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. (WLFI) - There's a place on campus where you can find thousands of historic items from past astronauts and other famous alumni.

The Purdue Archives is located on the fourth floor of the Stewart Center on campus.

There you can find the personal papers of people like Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan.

Even artifacts that once belonged to Amelia Earhart.

Tracy Grimm is the Archivist for Flight and Space Exploration and says students are inspired when they get to look at their role models work.

"It's so inspiring to Purdue students today," said Grimm. "And I think that's what's really important is that they see these people who have walked the same paths that they are walking right now and they see them involved in groundbreaking flights."

She says students also like seeing the student's grades.

"Students really love to see their course notebooks and their grades when they were at Purdue," said Grimm. "Students are really surprised and elated that Neil Armstrong got a C in geometry."

The archives are open to the public Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by appointment.

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