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D. Richard Smith papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 447

Scope and Contents

Extensive research notes and publications related to D. Richard Smith's doctoral dissertation, "The Political Speaking of Henry F. Schricker of Indiana". Subjects of Smith's research include Indiana Governor Henry F. Schricker, Indiana politics, and Indiana history. Sources include newspaper articles, speech transcipts, interviews, correspondence, and publications. Also included are earlier papers written by Smith on the subject of Henry F. Schricker.

The collection also includes two publications written by Smith later in his career:

Smith, D. Richard (1972). An Inventory of Non-Traditional Instructional Activities. West Lafayette, Indiana: Continuing Education Administration, Purdue University.

Smith, D. Richard (1974). Patterns of Innovation: an inventory of non-traditional instructional activities, volume II. West Lafayette, Indiana: Continuing Education Administration.


  • 1921 - 1974
  • Majority of material found within 1958 - 1960


Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Some material in this collection is in the public domain. Other material copyrights held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to use of materials.

Biographical Information

D. Richard Smith was born in Lafayette, Indiana and was a 1949 graduate of Jefferson High School. He attended Purdue University and graduated with a degree in history in 1953. While a graduate student he was the assistant director of the Purdue Musical Organizations (PMO) during 1955-56; and graduated with an M.A. in 1957. He had also been active in the PMO as an undergraduate. He received his PhD in Speech - Theater from Purdue in 1960. Smith then moved to Michigan State University for post-doctoral work. Prior to completing his Ph.D., he served as a consumer relations specialist for Murray Corporation of America in 1958.

His first academic position was as a faculty member at Albion College as an assistant professor of speech. He held this position until 1962 when he took the position of assistant director of the Purdue Fort Wayne Regional Campus. He was also a professor of general studies from 1962 to the mid-1970s. In 1965 he was appointed Director and then Dean and Director from 1968-1970.

Later Smith would transfer to the main West Lafayette campus, where he would work as the Assistant to the Vice President for Regional Campus Administration and Dean of Continuing Education. During this time he was also an examiner-consultant to the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools; chair of the Program Development Committee of the State Universities Telecommunications Coordinating Council; Coordinator of the Equal Employment Opportunity Program of the regional campuses; a member of the advisory council of Black Student programs; and a member of the Advisory Committee on Collective Bargaining in Higher Education. Later he served on the President’s Advisory Council on Retirement from 1995-1998.


1.34 Cubic Feet (One cubic foot box, one letter-size half-width manuscript box, one legal-size folder, and one flat folder)

Language of Materials



The collection is organized into two series
  1. Doctoral Research
  2. Smith Publications: Patterns of Innovation

Acquisition Information

Materials donated by Donald Richard Smith at unknown date.

Processing Information

All materials have been housed in acid-free folders and acid-free boxes. Photographic film negatives have been placed into polyester sleeves for preservation purposes. All newsprint has been photocopied and original newspaper clippings have been discarded.

A book enclosure containing speeches by Henry Schricker was added to the collection on September 2, 2022. All speeches have been placed into folders within series 1, and the book enclosure has been disposed of.
D. Richard Smith papers
William Niner
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Second Edition.

Revision Statements

  • 2021-03-29: Biographical Information updated by E. Sandgren with sketch written by David Hovde.
  • 2022-08-11: Finding aid updated by William Niner following processing of collection.
  • 2022-09-02: Finding aid updated by William Niner to include additional speeches added to the collection.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States