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Linda Levy Peck papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 529

Scope and Contents

The Linda Levy Peck papers document Peck's career (particularly her tenure at Purdue) and many publications. Of particular note in the collection is the sub-series on Women at Purdue. During her tenure at Purdue, Peck was highly involved with various women's rights organizations on campus as well as the landmark TIAA-CREF pension lawsuit. The collection includes correspondence, personal records, awards, drafts, revisions, and manuscripts. This collection would be of interest for researchers of women in higher education, women's rights, curriculum development, and British history.


  • 1949 - 2006
  • Majority of material found within 1975 - 1992


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The majority of the collection is open for research. Select materials in the Career series, Purdue University subseries are restricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Portions of material in this collection are in the public domain. Other material copyrights held by Purdue University or original creator. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical information

Dr. Linda Levy Peck received her B.A. in 1962 from Brandeis University, an M.A. in 1964 from Washington University in St. Louis, and her PhD from Yale University in 1973. Her area of specialization is early modern British history. After earning her doctorate, she worked in a series of short term appointments at City College, New York; Hunter College; and Brooklyn College from 1973-1975. In 1976, Peck joined the History Department at Purdue University where she eventually achieved the rank of full Professor. She was on the faculty at Purdue from 1976-1992. In addition to her service to the History Department, Peck also served as the Assistant Dean of the Graduate School from 1986-1988. Additionally, Peck served on numerous committees while at Purdue and was particularly involved in efforts to advance women's rights on campus.

After her tenure at Purdue, Peck joined the History Department at the University of Rochester where she served from 1992-1996. In 1996, Peck was appointed at George Washington University, where she was named the Columbian Professor of History in 2000. Peck is currently a Professor Emeritus of History at George Washington University (2016) and an Honarary Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London (2003-).

In addition to her distinguished career as an educator, Peck has received many awards, accolades, and Fellowships in honor of her scholarship. These include multiple appointments at the Folger Shakespeare Library, a Mellon Senior Fellowship, a Columbian Research Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, NEH and NHC Fellowships, etc. She has published five books and dozens of articles, in addition to countless lectures and paper presentations.


8.10 Cubic Feet (Seventeen full-width letter sized manuscript boxes, four half-width letter sized manuscript boxes, and one full-width legal sized manuscript box) : Collection includes 21 books housed in boxes 21 and 22


The collection is arranged topically into two series.
  1. Career
  2. Publications

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection donated by Dr. Linda Levy Peck, August 4, 2016.

Processing Information

The original order of the materials has been retained whenever possible. Original file names were kept when available and are denoted with quotation marks. Duplicate materials have been removed from the collection.

Letters have been removed from envelopes and most envelopes discarded. All materials have been housed in acid free containers. Rusted fasteners have been removed.

Collection contained many faxes and mimeographs that were severely faded and with poor legibility; preservation copies have been made when possible. In some cases, the writing was faded enough that copies were unable to be obtained; those originals were kept and inter-leaved with acid free paper in an effort to slow down the deterioration. Carbon paper was removed from the collection to slow down deterioration.

Restricted materials were removed and placed in a communal container for restricted materials.



Linda Levy Peck papers
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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