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Professional Career, 1923 - 2018

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 555, Series 3

Scope and Contents

The Professional Career series holds materials related to May's extensive career at Purdue University and is categorized under three sub-series: Teaching, Writing and Research, and Professional Activities. A large portion of this series includes writings and research May conducted in addition to her teaching duties, and also her participation in many professional organizations such as the Children's Literature Association. Types of materials include teaching materials, manuscripts, research notes, planners, publications, books, and conference-related materials. Of particular interest is research on Weston Woods Studios and its founder, Morton Schindel, in addition to many children's literature authors and illustrators. Books annotated or used in research, given to, or written by May are also included. Student work and grant proposals have been restricted for 75 years after their creation date.


  • 1923 - 2018
  • Majority of material found within 1975 - 2018

Access Information

The majority of materials in series three are open for research. Some materials are restricted because of the presence of personal identifying information. These are restricted until 75 years after their creation date. In some cases, original materials have been replaced with redacted copies, and the original documents have been restricted.


8.997 Cubic Feet (Eight cubic foot boxes, two letter-size full-width manuscript boxes, two shoe boxes, two flat folders, and eight folders.)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English