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Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 19-191

Purdy, Robert Provoost

Robert Provoost Purdy Papers, 1862-1915

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Purdy, Robert Provoost
Title: Robert Provoost Purdy Papers
Dates: 1862-1915
Quantity: 0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Collection: Accession 19-191
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This collection consists of a journal Purdy kept while visiting the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In the journal Purdy described the various exhibits, including his visit to the United States Government Building where the Smithsonian coordinated all of the U.S. Government exhibits and prepared a display of its activities and collections for the exposition. Additional material relates to Purdy's efforts to secure his pension for his service during the Civil War. Materials include correspondence, a journal, a certificate, and other related materials.

Historical Note

Robert Provoost Purdy was born on December 25, 1840 in Cornwall, New York. Purdy served the Union as a Captain's clerk on the U.S. gunboat Pembina during the Civil War. He married Julia Mable Ludlum on November 6, 1869 and they had a daughter, Charlotte. Purdy passed away on December 13, 1914 in Brooklyn, New York.

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Descriptive Entry

This collection consists of a journal Purdy kept while visiting the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In the journal Purdy described the various exhibits, including his visit to the United States Government Building where the Smithsonian coordinated all of the U.S. Government exhibits and prepared a display of its activities and collections for the exposition. Additional material relates to Purdy's efforts to secure his pension for his service during the Civil War. Materials include correspondence, a journal, a certificate, and other related materials.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-191, Robert Provoost Purdy Papers

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Container List

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Journal - 1876 Centennial Exposition, Robert Provoost Purdy

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Sworn statement of Robert Provoost Purdy, October 8, 1862

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Correspondence - John S. Hothersall to Robert Provoost Purdy regarding his service on the Pembina, May 17, 1888

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Correspondence - John S. Hothersall to Robert Provoost Purdy regarding his service on the Pembina, January 2, 1889

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Correspondence - John S. Hothersall to Robert Provoost Purdy, regarding his injury while serving on the Pembina, May 8, 1890

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U. S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions - Pension Certificate - Robert Provoost Purdy, September 22, 1904

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Deed - House and lot in Middletown, Orange County, New York, October 21, 1868

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Letters of Administration - Surrogate's Court - Estate of Robert Provoost Purdy Granted to Julia M. Purdy, January 19, 1915

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