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Helen B. Schleman papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 334
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.

Dates

  • 1920 - 2012
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1934 - 1980
  • Other: Date acquired: 11/04/2006

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Extent

7.00 Cubic Feet

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Abstract

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.

Arrangement Note

The Helen Schleman papers are arranged into nine series: 1. Biographical Information 2. Correspondence 3. Speeches and Written material 4. Personal Files 5. Pamphlets and Publications 6. Other Purdue Material 7. Research Files 8. Photographs 9. Artifacts and Oversize Materials

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

Existence and Location of Originals

multi-part note content

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.
Title
Helen B. Schleman papers
Author
Jonathan McConnell
Date
02/04/2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 09099999: While processing the Dean of Women Office Records papers, the archivist discovered two cubic feet of speech notes, dated from 1944 to 1988, belonging to Helen Schleman. This material has been organized by date into five manuscript boxes and added to Series 3 of the Helen Schleman papers. Archon record revised by Virginia Pleasant on May 24, 2016.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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