Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Purdy, Robert Provoost
Robert Provoost Purdy Papers, 1862-1915
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.
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.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Purdy, Robert Provoost
- Ludlum, Julia Mable
- Pembina (Ship)
- Smithsonian Institution
- Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-191, Robert Provoost Purdy Papers