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.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Thank you Sam!

November 26, 2018

A new season and some additional photos from Celery Bog, courtesy of the Sam Postlethwait donation!

August 23, 2018

More photo's from Celery Bog, courtesy of the Sam Postlethwait donation.


 Cicada's shed skin after leaving its earthen years behind.

 The beauty of Ironweed.

July 23, 2018

Sam Postlethwait, long time photographer and observer of Celery Bog, has graciously donated his collection of Celery Bog photos to the West Lafayette Public Library's history and archives collections.

In honor of Dr. Postlethwait's generous donation and his desire that more people learn about the wonders at Celery Bog, we will be posting a selection of his donated photos from time to time on this blog.

Please check back regularly to see updates!  Comments are welcome.

Today's selections from the Celery Bog collection:

  Bee on Purple Cone-flower (Echanacia)

  Heron, 8/8/2007

Thursday, February 15, 2018

CHIPS: City of the Dead Cemetery Walk

The Community Historic Project Support (CHIPS) has been working hard to restore the 1903 caretaker cottage at Grand View Cemetery. As part of the group's efforts, they held the City of the Dead Cemetery Walk on Saturday, October 20, 2017. Several people attended the event, which featured stories about the lives of individuals buried in the cemetery, and many stayed to learn more about the historic caretaker's cottage.

We thank CHIPS and all their work to restore this historic building. To learn more about them, you can visit their Facebook page here:

Please enjoy the video below featuring some memories of the event.

We would love to hear your memories, too! You can comment on this post, or email us at

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

From the Archives: Haunted Hike, 1987

Happy Halloween, everyone! In honor of my favorite holiday, I wanted to share a couple of photos from the Haunted Hike that took place in Happy Hollow Park. The photos below are from the Haunted Hike in 1987, taken from one of many scrapbooks donated to us by the West Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department.

Do any of you remember the Haunted Hike? Did you participate in one?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

From the Archives: 1940s Morton School

With schools back in session, I want to share a photo from the past. Here is a picture of the first grade class at Morton School from 1941, which you can find in our Morton collection. Do any of you have fond memories of Morton?

Monday, August 14, 2017

State Street Reopens

The summer phase of the State Street Project has completed, and a major part of State Street has reopened on schedule. New traffic patterns are in effect for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers as we enter the fall phase of the project.

Below are a couple of photos I took this afternoon. How do you think the area compares to the drawings in the Project Gallery? How does it compare to the images in the video from our 2016 Bicentennial State Street Walking Tour?

For other photos of both the reopening and the welcome this morning, you can visit the West Lafayette City Government Facebook and The Exponent.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

From the Archives: 1960s State Street

As we observe the current redevelopment of State Street, here's a great night shot of part of it from the 1963 West Lafayette High School yearbook in our Gordon Straley collection. Do you recognize any of the landmarks?