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.
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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