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Ruth Freehafer collection on R.B. Stewart

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 513

Scope and Contents

The Ruth Freehafer collection on R.B. Stewart contains Freehafer's drafts of her 1983 book "R.B. Stewart and Purdue University" as well as the notes she compiled while researching Stewart, some of the sources she used, the transcript from a 1977 interview with Stewart, notes from two other interviews with Stewart and his oral history transcript, and notes from interviews conducted with Stewart's colleagues.


  • 1970 - 1983


Languages of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Biographical Information

Ruth Viola Ward Freehafer authored a biography of R. B. Stewart in addition to many articles for newspapers and women's magazines. She also wrote the lyrics to "What Makes Indiana Great" sung by the Purdue Men's Glee Club. She was married to Lytle J. Freehafer, vice president and treasurer of Purdue.

R. B. Stewart began his work at Purdue as the controller; by the time he retired in 1961, he had become Vice President and Treasurer. Stewart’s pioneering methods of financing expansion through trust gifts and interest-free bonds enabled Purdue to grow and become a model for other universities. Stewart was also known as a “Father of the G.I. Bill,” the post-World War II training programs that brought thousands of returning veterans to campuses across the country.

Stewart Center on Purdue's West Lafayette campus is named for him.


0.825 Cubic Feet (Two full-width letter-sized manuscript boxes and one folder.)


This collection is arranged into three series.
  1. Book Drafts
  2. Research
  3. Interviews

Acquisition Information

Typescript of manuscript donated by Ruth W. Freehafer on August 30, 1983. Working files, notes, and documents donated by Ruth W. Freehafer on March 31, 1985.

Processing Information

All materials have been rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes. The file names used by Ruth Freehafer have been maintained.



Ruth Freehafer collection on R.B. Stewart
Under Review
Jon Hathaway and Sarah Kenny
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Edition statement
Second edition. First edition was completed on 2018-04-05.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States