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Helen B. Schleman papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 334

Scope and Contents

The Helen Schleman papers (1920–2012; 5 cubic feet) documents the life of Helen B. Schleman from her time as a student at Northwestern University in the 1920s to her death in 1992. Much of the collection documents Schleman’s time at Purdue University as Head of Women’s Residence Halls, Dean of Women, and Dean Emeritus, as well as her military service in the Coast Guard Women’s Reserve (SPARs) during World War II. In addition to Purdue history, the collection contains Shleman’s collection of newspaper clippings pertaining to the women’s liberation struggle of the 1970s. Types of materials include: personal and professional correspondence, school and employment records, speech notes, published material, newspaper clippings, photographs, pamphlets from professional organizations, and documents about Schleman’s charitable work.


  • 1920 - 2012
  • Majority of material found in 1934 - 1980


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


0.00 Cubic Feet


The Helen Schleman papers contains papers, clippings, and photographs documenting Helen Shleman’s life, especially in reference to her professional activities as Purdue Dean of Women (1947–1968) and as an activist and advocate for women’s rights.

Custodial History

Sarah J. Watlington inherited several boxes of material relating to Purdue Deans of Women Dorothy Stratton, Helen Schleman, and Beverley Stone after their deaths. Watlington donated that material to Purdue Archives and Special Collections starting in 2006.

Source of Acquisition

Donation received from Barbara Cook and Sarah J. Watlington

Accruals and Additions

Second donation received from Sarah J. Watlington, March 7, 2008. 20121203.2, Transfer from the Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance via Alyssa Rollock on December 3, 2012

Related Materials

Helen Schleman had close ties to three other Deans of Women: Dorothy Stratton, Beverley Stone, and Barbara Cook. More photos, correspondence, and other materials relating to Schleman can be found in those collections. Oral history interview conducted July 16, 1970, located within MSO 2, Purdue Office of Publications Oral History Program collection.
Helen B. Schleman papers
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Edition statement
6th edition. First edition completed 2012-04-20.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States