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Donna N. Stahl papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 372

Scope and Contents

The Donna N. Stahl papers includes photographs, dance cards, clothing, and other ephemera, along with newspaper clippings and correspondence, all of which is memorabilia of Donna N. Stahl, a 1949 Purdue graduate in Home Economics. Of interest may be her personal reflections and article on the 1947 Purdue Bleacher Collapse. This collection may be useful to researchers interested in women in higher education, changing roles of women in the twentieth century, material culture of the mid-twentieth century, and women in the workplace.


  • 1945 - 2004
  • Majority of material found within 1946 - 1951


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

This collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright for majority of materials is held by Purdue University as per deed of gift. Some material copyrights are held by original creators, e.g., newspaper clippings.

Biographical Information

Donna N. Stahl was born March 22, 1927, to Stanton R. and Thelma (Friend) Stahl in Massillon, Ohio. She graduated from Washington High School in 1945 and earned a B.S. in Home Economics from Purdue University in 1949. While at Purdue, Donna was a member of the V. C. Meredith Club (Home Economics Club), the Women's Residence Halls Club, the Wesley Foundation, and the Y.W.C.A. She worked as a Dietician at Ohio Wesleyan University, Ohio State University, and the Ohio State Department of Education, where she supervised the state's school lunch program. She was active in her local community as a member of the Massillon First United Methodist Church, Massillon Women's Club, First Families of Ohio, and D.A.R. Regent (1996 - 2001). She died on February 7, 2011 at Affinity Medical Center in Massillon, Ohio.


0.813 Cubic Feet (One legal size half-width manuscript box, one flat box)


The Donna N. Stahl papers are arranged into five series.
  1. Correspondence
  2. Clippings
  3. Photographs
  4. Ephemera
  5. Clothing

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Julia A. (Fromholtz) Grapatin, cousin of Donna N. Stahl, on February 4, 2012.

Related Materials

MSP 160, Purdue University Athletics collection, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.

MSP 278, Virginia Nilles Collection of Home Economics papers, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.

Processing Information

The original order and groupings of the materials has been retained whenever possible. All materials have been housed in acid-free folders, archival sleeves, and acid-free boxes. Newspaper clippings have been photocopied for preservation and the originals have been retained.



Donna N. Stahl papers
Amanda Rumba
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Edition statement
First edition.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States