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Richard B. Wetherill Archives

Dr. Richard B. Wetherill was a local physician, world traveler and amateur historian. He was one of the founders of the Tippecanoe County Historical Association and served as the first president of the Board of Governors. Upon his death in 1940, TCHA received Dr. Wetherill’s entire estate. This donation serves as the foundation of the TCHA’s collections.

Before visiting the archives, please read our Reference and Research Policy.

Free TCHA Members

The Richard B. Wetherill Archives are available by appointment only. For more information about the archives collections, photograph reproduction or to schedule an appointment, contact the TCHA Curator of Collection at 765-476-8411 ext. 5 or submit a research request form and mail to:

Tippecanoe County Historical Association
1001 South Street
Lafayette, IN 47901

The Archive Collection

The TCHA archive collection contains over 250 business, organizational, and personal collections of materials.  There are also several topical collections such as the educational collection that contains materials from schools, past and present, within the county.
Collection Guides are available for processed archival collections. Additions and edits are made on a regular basis, so please check back or contact the Curator for the most recent versions.

The Photograph Archive

The TCHA photo archive contains thousands of photographs and negatives of buildings and scenes documenting Tippecanoe County’s history.  They are arranged topically and are available for researchers to look through.  The photo archive also contains a portrait collection of persons in the county. Many images are available for reproduction, subject to a license and fees agreement.

The George Winter Collection

An extensive collection of the works of George Winter was donated to the Tippecanoe County Historical Association in 1986 by Mrs. Cable G. Ball, the widow of Winter’s great grandson.  This gift to the Lafayette community includes manuscripts, letters, drawings, and paintings of this important 19th century artist.

In collaboration with the Purdue University Libraries, a digital collection of George Winter’s works and writings is available online here.




A Great Gatsby Gala @ Moses-fowler Mansion
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
A Great Gatsby Gala @ Moses-fowler Mansion

A benefit to aid and support the Tippecanoe County Historical Association and its core mission to educate the public while preserving and interpreting our county’s rich and diverse history!

Gentlemen dress is black-tie; ladies can come as a flapper, a silent screen star or just be elegant and come as you are!

Tickets to the event include an open bar with 1920s cocktails, three courses of heavy hors d’ Oeuvers, live New Orleans Jazz band, period dance demonstration, silent & live auction, period exhibits and much more!

You can purchase tickets online here or come by the Arganbright Genealogy Library and purchase them in person!  For more information contact:

Executive Director Craig Hadley at
765-476-8411 Ext. 1

The Razzmatazz & Jazz Band from Ohio have played in venues all across the United States.   They will be playing Dixieland Jazz music of the 1920s. Dancers from the Purdue Ballroom Dance Club will demonstrate some of the dances of the period with the band from the Charleston and Lindy to the Foxtrot.

A complete list of our silent and live auction items will be posted here in March.  Items will include such things as a one-year membership at the Lafayette Country Club, works of art, various entertainment and sports packages, and much more!



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