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Purdue University, Students' Army Training Corps panoramic photographs

 Collection — Folder: OBF025
Identifier: OBF025

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises 3 black-and-white panoramic photographs taken by O. L. Foster, likely in Lafayette, Indiana, of the Purdue Training Detachment on June 8, 1918; and of the headquarters staff of the Purdue University Students' Army Training Corps and the 3rd Truckmaster School on November 26, 1918.


  • 1918

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

During World War I, the Students' Army Training Corps (SATC) was created to allow young men to attend college while receiving military training, in hopes of turning out a large number of specialists and officer candidates for the army. Students were allowed to begin participating in the program as early as the summer of 1917, but October 1, 1918 was the first day SATC units could formally organize on college campuses. Around 200,000 college students were enrolled in the program that first day, with 525 universities participating in the program. Those involved in the program were enlisted as privates, and could pursue vocational or collegiate tracks based on their level of education. The SATC program ended shortly after the war in December 1918 and its participants were discharged from the military.

At Purdue University, military training for its young male students was compulsory as the institution was a government land grant university. In May 1917, it had the largest number of cadets in the state at 1,000. Training consisted of drills, mock battles, and field maneuvers, in which some faculty members also participated. Major Edward L. Jackson, former Indiana secretary of state and future pro-Klan governor, was in charge of the Purdue University training detachment, sometimes called "Camp Purdue." He was also appointed commander of the university's SATC when it was formed in October 1918 until it was disbanded in December that year.


"A College Education Free." Rushville Republican (IN), September 18, 1918. Accessed April 12, 2022.

"Army Plans for Colleges Announced." Huntington Press, September 3, 1918. Accessed April 13, 2022.

"Former Secretary of State Jackson to Practice Law." Fort Wayne Sentinel (IN), November 30, 1918. Accessed April 13, 2022.

"Here and Over There." Munster Times (IN), September 24, 1918. Accessed April 13, 2022.

"Military Instruction Open to All Men at Huntington College October First." Huntington Herald (IN), September 30, 1918. Accessed April 12, 2022.

"Military Training in State Colleges.." Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, May 6, 1917. Accessed April 13, 2022.

"Opening of Students Corps." Angola Herald (IN), October 11, 1918. Accessed April 12, 2022.

"Purdue Ponders Its Grid Status." Munster Times (IN), September 16, 1918. Accessed April 13, 2022.

"Turn Colleges into a Student Army." Evansville Courier and Press (IN), September 7, 1918. Accessed April 12, 2022.

Wikipedia. "Reserve Officers' Training Corps." Accessed April 12, 2022.


0.1 Cubic Feet (3 panoramic photographs)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


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Processing completed 2022/04/13 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2022/04/13 by Brittany Kropf.
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