Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The Latest Donation

The History and Archives Department would like to welcome a very special piece of local history to our collection! Donated by John Benham and forwarded by Linda Eales is the 'Martha Allen Diary' is the journal of a local girl who attended West Lafayette High School and then Purdue University. Transcribed from its original tattered notebook are daily writings from 1927-1928 when Martha was a freshmen and sophomore at West Lafayette High School. Come in and let us show you!

Friday, July 12, 2019

What We Have Been Up To! 
Since May, we have been busy organizing and taking inventory of everything we have. It's been an adventure going through many unique collections and preserving the history for years to come. 
Below: Our new color and number coordinated cabinets. You are welcome to come review these items in the Library upon request! 

Above: Inside each cabinet, each box has been individually labeled with what is inside.

We have also been working on expanding our collection of West Lafayette history. Recently donated are artifacts and personal files of Reverand Rehmer who oversaw The University Lutheran Church during the 1930s-1980s. These have been processed and are ready to use for research!

 Above: Reverend Rehmer collection! This collection includes church foundation papers, personal correspondence and notes, personally addressed books, and several Purdue football bowl programs! 

Stay tuned for more projects and updates from the West Lafayette Public Library History and Archives! 

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sunday's Cemetery Walk Cancelled!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Today's scheduled Cemetery Walk at Grandview Cemetery has been cancelled.

All of us who worked on this Walk offer our best wishes to everyone who had planned to attend and to everyone who has worked to make this our best walk yet.

We look forward to scheduling a new, rain-free date when we'll tell about the lives of some of Greater Lafayette's famed artists.

Friday, May 10, 2019

The CHiPS blog now offers a list of those buried at Grandview Cemetery 

and a subset listing of those who have been identified as World War I veterans

Saturday, May 4, 2019


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CHiPS will offer the next Cemetery Walk through Grandview Cemetery on            Sunday, May 19 from 2 to 4 pm.  

This Spring's theme is "Artists of Greater Lafayette".  The walk is free and open to the public.

Please join us and learn about some of creative folks from our community who are residents of the Grandview Cemetery "City of the Dead".

Learn more at the CHiPS Facebook page.

Monday, August 27, 2018

What topics can I research at the West Lafayette Public Library?

What topics can I research at the West Lafayette Public Library's archives?

All of the following are available at the Library’s Local History area
on the 2nd floor of the Library:


(I): Local School Publications
Happy Hollow Elementary:
1985 – 1986 Yearbook
Klondike High School:
The Prospector 1969 (Volume 33)
West Lafayette High School:
Junior Crescent (1904)
Relics of 1931
The Purple Aardvark (1969, 1971 – 1982, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991
The Eyes Have It (1982 – 1983, unlisted year)
Scarlett and Gray (1916 – 1917, 1922, 1929 -1930, 1932, 1934 – 1964
Trident (1965 – 1988, 1990 – 1994, 1996)
Red Devils 50th Class Reunion (Class of 1944 – 1945)
William Henry Harrison High School:
The Prophet (1972 – 1973, 1979 – 1981, 1986, 1989)
The Collection (1988)
Lafayette Jefferson High School:
The Nautilus (1918 – 1920)

(II): Purdue University Publications Purdue Debris (1889, 1892, 1896 – 1900, 1902 – 1905, 1907 – 1908, 1910 – 1930, 1932, 1934, 1936 – 1979, 1981 – 1982, 1985, 1988 – 1992, 1995 – 1996, 1999 – 2001, 2006)

(III): Directories
Polk’s City Directory (Lafayette): 1931, 1935, 1941, 1950, 1955, 1958 – 2018
Hill – Donnelly Cross Reference Directory (Lafayette): 1977, 1982, 1985 – 2005
Harris Industrial Directory (Indiana): 2004 – 2006.
GTE Phone Directory (Lafayette): 1984 – 1999
McLeodUSA Directories/Yellow Book Pages (Lafayette/West Lafayette): 1998 – 2008
Purdue University Directories: 1953-1954, 1984 – 2011
Miscellaneous Directories:
Indiana Associated Telephone Corporation (Lafayette): 1948, 1951
Indiana Thompson Directories (Lafayette/Tippecanoe County): 1996-1998
Super Pages (Lafayette/West Lafayette): 2000 – 2001, 2010 – 2013
Assorted Polk City Directories

(IV): Community Information Vertical Files (Focus on West Lafayette)
Accidents, Aerospace, Annexations, Airport, Anvil, Apartments, Art/Artists, Art on the Wabash,
Athletes/Athletics, Authors
Bananas, Banks/Banking, Beautification Award, Bicycling, Biography, “Breakfast Club”,
Bridges (Lindberg Rd.), Bridges (Tipp. County), Business
Chauncey Hill Mall, Chauncey (Town), CHIPS, Circus, City Hall, Community Information,
Confederate Flag, Crime and Criminals, Cumberland Rd.
Discovery Park
Faith Community Center, Farmer’s Market, Fire Department, Fires, Flooding, Fraternities
Global Test, Grand Prix, Grand View Cemetery
Happy Hollow Park, Happy Hollow Rd., Harry’s Chocolate Shop, Health and Medicine, History,
History (Buildings), Houses
Immigration Issues, Indiana House of Representatives, Internet, International Center
Kalberer Rd.
Levee Plaza/Wabash Landing, LGBT, Libraries - WL Public Library, Lindberg Road.,
Lilly Nature Center, Little Free Libraries, Local Officials, Louis Sullivan Bank
Maps (Lafayette/West Lafayette), Meridian Street, Moffitt Family, Morris School,
Morton Community Center
Neighborhood Associations, Neighborhoods – Barbarry Heights, Neighborhood Code Enforcement,
Neighborhoods – Happy Hollows, Neighborhoods – Hills and Dales,
Neighborhoods – Hills and Dales Magazines, Neighborhoods – New Chauncey,
Neighborhoods – North Salisbury, Neighborhoods – Northwestern Heights,
Neighborhoods – Park Ridge, Neighborhoods – University Farm, New Chauncey Housing Newsletter,
Nighthawk Dr., Northwestern Ave.
Parks – Lincoln Park, Parks – Paula R. Woods Park, Parks – Tapawingo Park,
Paulson’s Bathing Beach, Pianos, Police Department, Pools (City), Public Art, Purdue Band,
Purdue and West Lafayette
Recreation Center, Research Park, Religion, Restaurants
Sagamore Parkway, Salisbury St., Samara, Scarlette,
Schools – West Lafayette, Schools – West Lafayette – Referenda,
Schools – West Lafayette – Sports, “SCRAPS” at Water Tower, Smoking Ban, Skating, Southworth’s,
Starry Night, State St. Redevelopment, State St. Tour (2016), State Symbols, Streets (Miscellaneous),
Sundown Towns, Swimming and Pools
Tapawingo Park, Trails, Trees, Triple X
University Place, U.S. 231, Utilities
Village, Von’s Bookshop
Wabash Commons, Wabash Landing, WALLA, Wang Hall, West Lafayette Beacon Academy,
West Lafayette High School, West Lafayette City Council, West Lafayette City Hall,
West Lafayette City Records, West Lafayette Government, West Lafayette History,
West Lafayette Laws and Regulations, West Lafayette Memories,
West Lafayette Parks and Recreation, West Lafayette Planning and Development,
West Lafayette Redevelopment Commissions, Westminster Village, Wi -Fi

(V): General Categories for West Lafayette Community Information Vertical Files
(Focus on West Lafayette) NOTE: these files are not-yet-processed

Camp WACK,
Construction/ Works,
Events, Events (II),
Government, History Programs, 1921 Public Health Survey,
River Rd.,

(VI): Books focused on Indiana, Tippecanoe, and West Lafayette History
All of the resources in this collection can be found in the catalog.

(VII) SAMARA by Frank Lloyd Wright
SAMARA is West Lafayette’s Frank Lloyd Wright designed Usonian Home located on Road in
West Lafayette’s Hills and Dales neighborhood.
Selections of SAMARA furniture and copies of Frank Lloyd Wright drawings can be found
on the Library’s first floor.


(I) New Chauncey Neighborhood housing inventory from 2002(?)

(II) Celery Bog photos from Sam Postlethwait (2011-2012)

All of the following are available at the Library’s
Local History Archival Collections in the Library's Basement area:*

Red Storage Cabinet in Library Basement

Local Politics:
Sonya Margerum papers as City Councilor and as Mayor of the City of West Lafayette

Black Storage Cabinets in Library Basement

West Lafayette School Corporation Newsletters (1969 – 1991), Marshall C. Howenstein and
Catherine Roth Biographical Materials, Bertha Jane Moffitt and Family Civil/Biographical Materials,
Everett McKinzie Biographical Materials (I), (II), (III), Susan Wu and Family Biographical Materials,
Susan Curtis Papers, Kristina Bross Papers

West Lafayette Housing Abstracts (I), (II), Sullivan Bank Architecture/History,
New Chauncey Historic Register

Food Ways:
Local Foodways Collection Archives, Lafayette/West Lafayette Recipe Books (I),
West Lafayette Food Industry History Collection, West Lafayette Foodways Collection:
Laura C. Zanotti, West Lafayette Foodways Collection – Johan and Virginia

Sports and Recreation:
West Lafayette Parks and Recreation Scrapbooks/Photo albums/ Historical Materials,
Purdue Sports Materials (I), (II), (III), (IV),
West Lafayette Football Scrapbooks (1940 – 1941, 1946 – 1975),
West Lafayette High School Yearbooks (1947 – 1979)

Local Library and Local Politics:
West Lafayette Public Library Archives
Mayor Williamson, Library’s 50th Anniversary +
McCutcheon, Collections for West Lafayette Memories Project 2011 – 2012,
Greater Lafayette Home Owners Association (I), MG Council Papers (II), (III), (IV)

Local Church History:
University Lutheran Church memorabilia including slides, video (transfer from 16 mm film),
audio tapes, written programs

Samara furniture collections*

*These materials are available for research on a “request only” basis.
Please call ahead or email ahead of your visit to be sure library staff who can handle these
materials will be available during your visit to use them.