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Dorothy Christoff papers

 Collection — Box: Box 1
Identifier: MSA 304

Scope and Contents

The Dorothy Christoff papers (1963-1967; 0.5 cubic feet) document Christoff’s time at Purdue as an engineering student. The collection consists of various artifacts, including Christoff’s senior cord skirt, stickers and decals, a class photograph, and a decorative wooden t-square with Christoff’s affiliations on the front and signed by her classmates on the back. These materials reflect only Christoff’s time as an undergraduate civil engineering student at Purdue, although she did eventually complete a Master’s degree in education as well. The collection would be useful to researchers interested in women in higher education in the twentieth century, material culture of the mid-twentieth century, Purdue student social life and customs, and the early years of the Purdue Society of Women engineers. Included in the collection are various types of artifacts. The papers are organized into a single series.


  • ca. 1963-1967
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/06/2000


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

All copyrights belong to Purdue University.

Biographical or Historical Information

Dorothy Christoff (1943-1998) was born to Boris and Luba Christoff in Northwest Indiana.  An active member of the Purdue Society of Women Engineers, Christoff earned her BS in civil engineering in 1965.  Two years later, Christoff also completed a MS degree in education at Purdue.  She was involved with many clubs and organizations during her time at Purdue, and continued her involvement as an alumnus in the West Lafayette community and staff member at Purdue.    Sources:

Note written by Virginia Pleasant


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The collection contains various artifacts relating to Dorothy Christoff's time at Purdue as an Engineering student.

Source of Acquisition

Gail Thayer

Method of Acquisition

Donated on behalf of Dorothy Christoff's estate.

Existence and Location of Originals

multi-part note content

Related Materials

MSP 182, Purdue Society of Women Engineers papers
Dorothy Christoff papers
Virginia Pleasant
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States