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Purdue University. Office of the Dean of Women

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1933 - 1974

Historical Information

"In 1933 Purdue hired its first full-time Dean of Women, Dorothy Stratton. Prior to this, the Dean of Women duties were carried out by Professor of English Literature Carolyn Shoemaker. When Helen Schleman took over as Dean in 1947, the office staff consisted of her, a placement officer, and an assistant dean seeing to the counseling, discipline, and administration needs of Purdue’s women students. As the number of women students at Purdue grew steadily, so did the size and responsibilities of the dean’s office, including placement services for women students, the SPAN Plan program to help nontraditional women return to education, and minority outreach programs to help the expanding diversity in the student body. Beverley Stone took over as Dean of Women after Schleman’s retirement in 1956, and in 1974 Stone became the first Dean of Students at Purdue when the Dean of Women and Dean of Men offices were combined."

Citation

McConnell, Jonathan. "Finding Aid to the Dean of Women records." 2013. UA 41, Dean of Women records. Karnes Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries, West Lafayette.

Found in 10 Collections and/or Records:

Barbara Cook papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 467
Abstract The Barbara Cook papers predominantly document Barbara Cook's career in the Dean of Women and Dean of Students office and as professor of education at Purdue University (1956 - 1989), including her leadership roles in Mortar Board and NAWDAC -- National Association of Women Deans, Administrators, and Counselors. Types of material include correspondence, speeches, teaching material, articles and essays, and biographical information.

Dean of Women records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 41
Abstract Annual Reports, budgets, correspondence and other official documents from the office of the Dean of Women.

Dorothy C. Stratton papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 366
Abstract This collection contains papers, clippings and photographs documenting Dorothy Stratton’s life, especially her role as Purdue Dean of Women and Director of the USCG SPARS.

Mortar Board records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 148
Abstract The collection contains correspondence, photographs, certificates, pamphlets, and scrapbooks, that document the history and activities of the Mortar Board honor society at Purdue University.

Other Purdue Material, 1940 - 1985

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 334, Series 6
Scope and Contents This series contains miscellaneous materials related to Schleman's tenure at Purdue, including her advocacy for equal rights for women students and faculty. Of particular note are materials that document Schleman's nomination of ten women for President of Purdue in 1970, the Schleman Gold Medallion Award and the 1979 TIAA pension lawsuit.

Purdue University Dean of Women records, addition 02

 Unprocessed — Box: Communal Accessions 18, Folder: 1
Identifier: 20090518

Carol Pyle collection of Dean of Women and Dean of Students Memorabilia

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSA 281
Overview Correspondence and clippings documenting Carol Pyle’s relationship with Dorothy Stratton, Helen Schleman, Beverley Stone, and Barbara Cook.

Research Files, 1938 - 1985

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 334, Series 7
Scope and Contents This series contains clippings, reports, notes, and other resources on topics of interest to Schleman that she researched. Most of the files cover specific topics related to women's struggle for equal rights. General subject areas include women in higher education, women in the work force, motherhood, sex roles, volunteerism, and the women's movement.

Helen B. Schleman papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 334
Overview The Helen Schleman papers contain papers, clippings, speeches, and photographs documenting Helen Schleman’s life. The collection has particular emphases on her role as Purdue's Dean of Women and as an adovcate for women's rights.

Beverley Stone papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 466
Overview Collection includes biographical documents, correspondence, speech notes and other materials documenting the life of Purdue’s first Dean of Students, Beverley Stone.