The Herald Bulletin

October 22, 2009

Earhart film sparks interest in Purdue collection

"Amelia," starring Hillary Swank opens on Friday

The Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A new movie about aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart could spur renewed interest in Purdue University's big collection of memorabilia about her life.

"Amelia," which opens Friday, stars Hillary Swank as the popular aviator who vanished over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 during her second attempt to fly around the world.

Purdue has the world's largest collection of papers, memorabilia and artifacts about Earhart, who was a Purdue career counselor from 1935-1937. Earhart was also an adviser to the school's Department of Aeronautics.

Purdue Earhart expert Robin Jensen says Earhart was a pioneer in both aviation and women's rights.