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Mills, Martha Stevens, 1875-1918



  • Existence: July 29, 1875 - April 20, 1918

Biographical Information

Martha Dicks Stevens Mills became the first woman to earn an engineering degree at Purdue in 1897.

Stevens was born on July 29, 1875 in Salem, Ohio. Her parents were Moses Cobb Stevens, a Purdue professor in mathematics, and Sarah Dicks Stevens.

She earned a Bachelor of Science (1894), Bachelor in Civil Engineering (1897), and Master of Science (1898) degree from Purdue University. After university, she became a Presbyterian missionary in Tennessee and taught math at Western College.

On June 27, 1907, she married J. Bibb Mills and they had four children together.

Stevens Mills died quite young, on April 20, 1918.


Stevens Mills family papers, 2023-029. Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue Libraries, West Lafayette IN.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Martha Stevens Mills family papers

 Unprocessed — Box: 1
Identifier: 2023-029

Women in Engineering Program records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 7
Abstract This collection contains papers, publications, photographs, and electronic media documenting the inception of the Women in Engineering Program at Purdue, as well as its activities and successes.  Also included is information on Lillian Gilbreth, an important figure in engineering at Purdue, and Martha Dicks Stevens, the first woman graduate in engineering at Purdue.
Dates: 1935-2012; Other: Majority of material found in 1970-2000; Other: Date acquired: 11/06/2012