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Span Plan Program records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 38

Scope and Contents

The Span plan records (1971-2001; 2.3 cubic feet) document the SPAN plan program at Purdue University, Dean of Women office. The collection includes brochures, pamphlets, news releases and other promotional materials which document the advertising that was done for the program. Correspondence, annual reports, and newsletters document the actions of the program and those heavily involved in the Span plan. Types of materials include: correspondence, brochures, pamphlets, news releases, annual reports, newsletters, slides, photographs and audio cassettes. The Records are organized into five series: business papers, correspondence, newsletters, promotional materials and artifacts and audio-visual materials.


  • 1971-2001
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1980-1996
  • Other: Date acquired: 11/30/2001


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Some material in this collection are in the public domain, while other material copyrights are held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Historical Information

In 1968 Helen Schleman and Cecilia Zissis of the Purdue University, Dean of Women office founded SPAN Plan, which was originally started to encourage the wives of male students at Purdue to obtain a degree in higher education. Schleman served Purdue as the director of the first women's residence hall in 1934 and, after serving in World War II, as dean of women from 1947-68. Zissis served as assistant and associate dean of women at Purdue from 1950-74 and served as the program's first director from 1970-87. Peggy Sullivan served as director of SPAN Plan from 1987-2001. Over the years, the program has continued to evolve and provide additional services to the adult learner population. Along with a fall orientation program, SPAN Plan offers academic, career and personal counseling; free tutoring; grants and scholarships to qualified adult learners; Lunch 'N Learn Programs; an adult student support group; and career and job search services. SPAN Plan is currently a program within the Division of Student Success.


2.30 Cubic Feet

2.3 cubic feet (3 manuscript boxes, 1 half width manuscript box, 1 flat artifact box) other_unmapped

1.00 mss._boxes

1.00 mss._boxes

1.00 mss._boxes

1.00 mss._boxes

1.00 flat_box

Arrangement Note

1. Business papers, 1970-2001 (0.7 cubic feet) Materials in this series include articles about non-traditional students, organizations at Purdue from which SPAN could recruit members, and information on the various heads of SPAN plan. Materials in the series are arranged chronologically.

2. Correspondence, 1980-1981 (0.2 cubic feet) Materials in this series include memos and letters between SPAN plan administrators and other administrators at Purdue University. The correspondence discusses SPAN plan programming, promotion, and prospective members. Materials in the series are arranged chronologically.

3. Promotional materials, 1971-1999 (0.7 cubic feet) Materials in this series include pamphlets and flyers advertising SPAN plan. These items were presumably mailed to those people deemed eligible in order to get them interested and aware of the program. Materials in the series are arranged chronologically.

4. Newsletters, 1978-1996 (0.2 cubic feet) Materials in this series include SPAN plan newsletters. The newsletters keep participants and administration up-to-date on what the program has accomplished and current events. Materials in the series are arranged chronologically.

5. Artifacts and audio-visual materials, 1982 (0.5 cubic feet) Materials in this series include slides, pins, and audio cassettes.

Acquisition Information

Donation/transfer from Peggy E. Marshall, former SPAN Plan director on November 30, 2001.

Processing Information

Whenever possible, original order of the materials has been retained. Some materials have been housed in acid-free folders and acid free boxes.
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States