Purdue University. Office of the Dean of Women
- Existence: 1933 - 1974
"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."
CitationMcConnell, 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 2 Collections and/or Records:
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.
Dates: 1938 - 1985
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.
Dates: 1920 - 2003; Majority of material found within 1934 - 1980