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Nelson, Betty M., 1935-

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: March 17, 1935 -

Biographical Information

Originally from West Virginia, Betty M. Nelson received a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from the Women's Division of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and then a master's degree in student personnel administration from Ohio University. She served over 30 years on the staff of Purdue University, beginning in the Psychology Department before being asked to join Helen Schleman's staff in the Office of the Dean of Women. She served as Assistant and Associate Dean before being appointed Dean of Students to succeed Barbara I. Cook in 1987. During the 1970s and 1980s, much of Nelson's administrative energy was focused on the civil rights of those with disabilities and ensuring that campus was an accessible place for all students, faculty, and staff members. She was instrumental in the creation of Adaptive Programs (now the Disability Resource Center), which formed in response to the needs of students with disabilities. Nelson founded and chaired the Advisory Council on Disability Issues, a faculty and student advisory group to raise awareness of disability issues in the classroom. She was also a charter member of the Association on Higher Education and Disabilities (AHEAD) and a founding member of the Indiana Higher Education Committee on Disabled Students (later named IN-AHEAD). In addition to her advocacy efforts for the disabled, Nelson was instrumental in the establishment of the Student Leadership Development Program in the Office of the Dean of Students. She served in leadership positions in the National Association for Women Deans, Advisors, and Counselors; the NAWDAC Foundation, and the Indiana AWDAC. Nelson is active in community service, having served in leadership roles with the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, the Lafayette Rotary Club (as its first woman president), the Lafayette YWCA, Leadership Lafayette, and other local service organizations. Since her retirement, Nelson has provided leadership for the Purdue University Retirees Association. Some of Dean Nelson's awards and honors include the Sagamore of the Wabash, the Grand Marquis de Lafayette Award for Community Service, the Helen B. Schleman Gold Medallion, and the Special Boilermaker Award.

Citation

MSO 1, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Oral History Program collection, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.

Found in 18 Collections and/or Records:

Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Oral History Program collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSO 1
Scope and Contents The Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Oral History Program collection documents the history of Purdue University. The collection consists of recordings and transcripts of oral history interviews conducted with individuals associated with Purdue University. This is an active collection and will be frequently added to on an ongoing basis.
Dates: 2006-

Betty Nelson Collection of Purdue University related items

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 266
Scope and Contens This collection consists of three items: one decorated storage box with a photo of University Hall on the front, one Purdue University matchbook cover with the 1975 football schedule on the back, and one Purdue-themed painted display plate with the inscription "Purdue 01." The three items were retrieved from a Westminster Village Retirement Community garage sale in 2017.
Dates: 1970's

Betty Nelson papers

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 20170328

Betty Nelson papers, addition 01

 Unprocessed — Box: Communal Accessions 16
Identifier: 20120515.2

Betty Nelson papers, addition 02

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 20150311

Betty Nelson papers, addition 03

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 20150619.1

Betty Nelson papers, addition 04

 Unprocessed — Box: Box 1
Identifier: 20150915

Betty Nelson papers, addition 05

 Unprocessed — Box: Box 1
Identifier: 20150917

Betty Nelson papers, addition 06

 Unprocessed — Box: 1
Identifier: 20170602

Betty Nelson papers, addition 07

 Unprocessed — Box: 1
Identifier: 20190401
Dates: 2008 - 2019; Majority of material found within 2018 - 2019

Betty Nelson Papers, addition 09

 Unprocessed — Box: 1
Identifier: 20200309

Betty Nelson papers on Janice Voss

 Unprocessed — Box: Communal Accessions 16
Identifier: 20111014.1

Lafayette Rotary Club records

 Unprocessed — Box: Communal Accessions 32
Identifier: 20181206.1

Marylu McEwen Sculpture Dedication materials honoring Betty Nelson, Sandra Monroe, and Linda Ewing

 Collection — Box: Box 1
Identifier: MSK 3
Abstract These sculpture dedication materials capture information on how the sculpture came to be, why it exists, and whom it honors.
Dates: 2014-2014

Purdue University Dean of Women papers, addition 01

 Unprocessed — Box: 2 items
Identifier: 20090806.1

Purdue University Retirees Association (PURA) records, addition 07

 Unprocessed — Box: Communal Accessions 32
Identifier: 20181206
Dates: September 28, 2018

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.
Dates: 1920 - 2003; Majority of material found within 1934 - 1980

Significant People, 1950 - 1989

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 334, Series 4
Scope and Contents Series 4 contains records pertaining to individuals who were important to Helen Schleman. These files contain clippings, manuscripts, correspondence, and epehemera that Schleman collected and that document the lives and careers of several important women in her life.
Dates: 1950 - 1989