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Cooperative Housing materials, 1938 - 2010

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 172, Series 6

Scope and Contents

The series consists of materials pertaining to Cooperative Housing at Purdue. It contains general materials about coop living as well as materials related to twenty men's and women's houses. Of particular interest might be the correspondence and meeting minutes regarding the establishment of various houses. The digital media in the series are promotion materials about cooperative living at Purdue. Types of materials include: constitutions and by-laws, correspondence, brochures, DVDs, cassette, reports.


  • 1938 - 2010
  • Majority of material found within 1965 - 1995

Access Information

Series is open for research but some material from Sub-series 1, boxes 21 and 22 has been restricted as it contained personal information of a sensitive nature, such as grades and social security information. This restricted material was removed and placed in box 26 (restricted).

Historical Information

The first cooperative on the Purdue campus was established in the fall of 1993 under the direction of the School of Home Economics. It was called the Women’s Cooperative House and was situated at 500 University Street, on the property owned by the University. The capacity of the house was twelve. This house was closed then at the end of the first semester during the school year of 1935 – 1936. In the Fall of 1935 the real beginnings of the present cooperative system were established under the direction of Reverend William McFadden and his wife, Glen. The cooperative houses also originated and developed the “Student Credit Union” which caught the attention of the Purdue Administration and assisted many students in overcoming financial difficulties while attending school.


4.025 Cubic Feet (Four cubic-foot archival boxes and one folder in a communal box)

Language of Materials



This series is divided into three sub-series:
  1. General Cooperative Housing materials (1954 - 2010; 2 cubic foot). This sub-series includes documents pertaining to the Cooperative Houses as an entity,
  2. Men's Houses materials (1938 - 2004; 1 cubic foot). This sub-series includes materials pertaining to eleven men's houses and their history on Purdue's campus.
  3. Women's Houses materials (1939 - 2010; 1 cubic foot). This sub-series includes materials pertaining to six women's houses and their history on Purdue's campus.

Technical access

Digital and analog media consist of two compact discs and one cassette tape. They are unprocessed and are not available for access at this time. Please contact an archivist for more information.

Processing Information

Some folders and documents from boxes 21, 22, 23, and 24 that contained private student information were removed and returned to the donor.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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