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College of Health and Human Sciences records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 15

Scope and Contents

The College of Health and Human Sciences records (1875-2009; 3.8 cubic feet) document the historical background of the College; included are many historical documents, including 75th and 100th anniversary documents and memorabilia.  Also included are annual reports, pamphlets, audio visual material; with a focus on work simplification practices or interviews involving key individuals from the College’s history, newspaper clippings, publicity, department brochures and pamphlets, newsletters and miscellaneous material.  Information on many key individuals involved in the activities of the College can also be found among the documents.


  • 1875-2009


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Access Information

The majority of this collection is open for research. One item in Series 1 is restricted in accordance with FERPA and a redacted copy is available for use.

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

The College of Health and Human Sciences was established on July 1, 2010 and is comprised of nine academic units. These include the Departments a/or Schools of: Consumer Science; Human Development and Family Studies; Health and Kinesiology; Health Sciences; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Nursing; Nutrition Science; Psychological Sciences; and Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. The College also added a separate Graduate Program in Public Health in 2014. Prior to the merge, these programs were housed in three colleges: the College of Liberal Arts, the now defunct Colleges of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences and Consumer and Family Sciences.

The former College of Consumer and Family Sciences enjoyed a long tradition at Purdue University. Its first iteration was the Department of Household Economics which began in 1905 within the School of Science. In 1926, the Department expanded and was established as the School of Home Economics. Finally, the School transitioned to the College of Consumer and Family Sciences in 1976, a move that significantly increased enrollment by male students.

These changes in structure and name reflect the college's ability to evolve and change with the times, as well as the demands and needs of students. Today the college joins health and human sciences scholars to adress issues that are "vital to enhancing quality of life."


3.932 Cubic Feet (Two cubic foot boxes, three letter-size full-width manuscript boxes, one letter-size half-width manuscript box, one legal-size full-width manuscript box, and one folder)

Arrangement Note

The records are organized into seven series: Arrangement 1.  Historical Documents, School of Consumer & Family Sciences Pamphlets, Anniversary Brochures and Miscellaneous Pamphlets and Conference Material, 1875-2009 (0.4 cubic feet) This series contains key information on the history of the College of Health and Human Sciences, formerly School of Consumer and Family Sciences.  Materials in the series are arranged by item type. 2.  DVD’s and VHS Tapes, Consumer and Family Sciences Anniversary Memorabilia, Student Notebook and Recipe Book, 1900-2001 (1 cubic foot)  The student notebook provides insight into a Textiles Design class, circa early 1900s.  The DVDs and vhs tapes contain interviews of key figures who discuss the early history of the Home Economics at Purdue University, The School of Consumer and Family Sciences 75th anniversary, 3-ring binder, provides key historical information for the years 1926-2001 and memorabilia from the celebration. 3.  Work Simplification Scripts, Films, Film Strips and Slides, circa 1950s (1 cubic foot)  The series contains detailed work simplification concepts for home management activities.  All of the material is undated, but it appears to be from the 1950s.  It is arranged by type of material. 4.  Purdue Home Management Items and Bulletins, 1900s-1966 (0.2 cubic feet)  This series contains artifacts from one of the Home Management Houses and bulletins from the early years of Home Economics at Purdue University. 5.  Newspaper Clippings, Publicity and Miscellaneous, 1913-1975 (0.4 cubic feet)  The series contains a plethora of newspaper clippings featuring Consumer and Family Sciences’ faculty and events in the School’s history.  Faculty such as Dean Beulah V. Gillaspie, Professor Laurentza Schantz-Hansen (who donated her collection of children’s books to the Purdue Archives and Special Collections), Dr. Gladys Vail, Dr. Carleton Calkin, Muriel McFarland, and others are highlighted. 6.   Pamphlets, Bulletins, Institutional Management Department Name Change Information and Miscellaneous Documents, 1887-1996 (0.4 cubic feet)  This series provides a substantial amount of information on the history of Instruction in Domestic Economy (1905), the Department of Applied Design (1929-1952), the history surrounding the name change of the Department of Institutional Management (1971)a short history of Home Economics, placement tests used in the various departments in the 1920s and miscellaneous department pamphlets (1887-1970s). 7.  Annual Reports and Newsletters, 1973-2009 (0.4 cubic feet)  The series provides a comprehensive collection of  the School of Consumer and Family Sciences’ newsletter; Focus, and annual reports from the School for the years 1990-2009.  It also contains some annual reports from the 1970s and 1980s.

Processing Information

Whenever possible, original order of the materials has been retained. All materials have been housed in acid-free folders, and acid-free boxes.
College of Health and Human Sciences records
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Mary Sego
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Third edition. Collection description first completed 2012-01-01 by Mary Sego.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-05-04: Collection description updated by Adelle Rogers.
  • 2024-02-08: Extents updated by William Niner.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States