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Nancy Friedersdorf papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 484

Scope and Contents

The Nancy Friedersdorf papers (1965 – 2016; 1.2 cubic foot) documents the student services career of Nancy Friedersdorf at Purdue University. A large majority of the collection is composed of speech manuscripts and speech notes from Friedersdorf’s many speaking and workshop engagements throughout her career. The rest of the collection consists of biographical documentation about her professional career. Very little information about Dr. Friedersdorf’s life outside of her Purdue career is included in the collection.


  • 1965 - 2016
  • Other: Date acquired: 11/09/2013


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical Information

Nancy Friedersdorf served in Purdue University’s Office of the Dean of Women and Office of the Dean of Students from 1969 to 1989 in various roles: Counselor, Assistant Dean of Women, Assistant Dean of Students, Director of the Undergraduate Testing Center, and Coordinator of Counseling Services. She was also a visiting professor in the Department of Education for several years. Friedersdorf was the first woman President of the Indiana Personnel and Guidance Association. She represented Purdue University as Spokesperson for the Purdue Alumni Association and she has published articles in the Purdue Alumni magazine on women students, student religious concerns, and the demographics of university students.

In 1980, Friedersdorf was instrumental in organizing valuable forums and workshops for Purdue advisors, which eventually grew into the Purdue Academic Advising Association (PACADA), an organization which actively promotes the quality of academic advising at Purdue.  In 1983, she received the prestigious Helen B. Schleman Award. She is an honorary member of Omicron Delta Kappa, The Reamer Club, and Alpha Phi Omega. Friedersdorf has shown her commitment to the Purdue community through a multitude of speaking engagements for students, alumni, and parents.


1.20 Cubic Feet

3 mss. boxes other_unmapped

1.00 mss._boxes

1.00 mss._boxes

1.00 mss._boxes

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Arrangement Note

The Nancy Friedersdorf papers are organized into two series: 1. Biographical Information, 1965 – 2016 (0.2 cubic feet).  This series contains a resume, correspondence, documentations of praise from colleagues and clients, clippings, and pamphlets. 2. Speeches, 1968 – 1989 (1 cubic feet) This series contains both manuscript-formatted speeches and speech notes on index cards. When possible, materials in both series are arranged by date. Undated materials are arranged alphabetically by title. Some note card materials are undated and untitled, so no arrangement was possible.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Nancy Friedersdorf, September 11, 2013.

Accruals and Additions

20131104; 20131022
Nancy Friedersdorf papers
In Progress
Jonnie McConnell
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States