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Cleo Fitzsimmons papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 73

Scope and Contents

The Cleo Fitzsimmons papers document the career of Purdue University Professor Emerita Cleo Fitzsimmons, who joined the Purdue faculty in 1946 as head of the Department of Home Management. Materials predominantly document her professional career in home management and home economics. Types of materials include correspondence, photographs, awards and certificates, published materials, and ephemera.


  • 1928 - 1998
  • Majority of material found within 1950 - 1970


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Material copyrights held by Purdue University or original creator. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Cleo Fitzsimmons was born March 5, 1900 in St. Paul, Kansas. She graduated in 1928 from Iowa State University with a degree in Home Economics. She received an Alumni Merit Award in 1953 from her alma mater.

She joined the faculty at Purdue University in 1946 as a professor and department head in Home Management and Economics. Her research focused on farm families, food, and economics. Fitzsimmons is credited with introducing the field of family economics into the college that is now known as Consumer and Family Sciences. She retired from Purdue as a Professor Emeritus in 1972 and returned to Iowa. She passed away November 30, 1998.


1.127 Cubic Feet (One letter size half-width manuscript box and two flat boxes)


The Cleo Fitzsimmons papers documents Fitzsimmons' career as a professor and department head in Home Management at Purdue University. Materials include correspondence, photographs, awards, publications, and faculty hood belonging to Fitzsimmons.


The Cleo Fitzsimmons papers are organized into five series:
  1. Correspondence
  2. Photographs
  3. Awards and Certificates
  4. Published Material
  5. Ephemera

Custodial History

These materials were donated to the College of Family and Consumer Sciences by Gene Strawman. In July 2009, they were transferred to Archives and Special Collections by the College of Consumer and Family Sciences. The Master's Thesis and faculty hood were donated separately on February 21, 2006 by Janet Vaughn, Ph.D., of the Consumer and Family Sciences Department.

Acquisition Information

Donated by the College of Family and Consumer Sciences in two installments, February 21, 2006 and July 13, 2009.

Separated Materials

Five books written by Cleo Fitzsimmons were separated and are cataloged through the Purdue University Libraries database.

Processing Information

All materials have been housed in acid-free enclosures.
Cleo Fitzsimmons papers
Purdue Archives Staff
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Edition statement
Second edition. Date of first edition is unknown.

Revision Statements

  • 2019-11-18: Updated to align with ArchivesSpace data entry standards.
  • 2019-12-17: Extents and scope and contents added to series level descriptions. Box 1 rehoused from full width to half width manuscript box

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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