Robert Provoost Purdy Papers,
1862-1915

Summary
Collection ID:
Accession 19-191
Creators:
Purdy, Robert Provoost
Dates:
1862-1915
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
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.

Historical Note
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.

Notes
Personal Papers

Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-191, Robert Provoost Purdy Papers

Keywords
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Purdy, Robert Provoost Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ludlum, Julia Mable Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pembina (Ship) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Institution Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Military pensions Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Washington, D.C.
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