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Arnold Sweet collection on James Barany

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 558

Content Description

Includes one binder of the unpublished manuscript of the history of Purdue's Industrial Engineering Department, a disk of correspondence and working files. Collection also includes a biography/ c.v. of Barany & a document written by Dr. Sweet nominating Dr. Barany for an award. Collection is related to the history of the Industrial Engineering Department at Purdue. Dr. Arnold Sweet was on the committee that was writing a history of Industrial Engineering at Purdue, and Dr. James Barany was editor. In addition to the unpublished manuscript and other correspondence, a DVD includes computer files from Dr. Barany, files of other articles written by Dr. Barany, files of documents written by Dr. Sweet about Dr. Barany, email correspondence between Dr. Sweet & Dr. Barany's daughter about publishing the manuscript and email correspondence with others.


  • 1955 - 2013


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

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 / Historical

Arnold Sweet became a professor at the Purdue University School of Industrial Engineering in 1973. His research interests included time series forecasting, statistical process control, and reliability. In his free time, he was an avid collector of Purdue University ephemera. He also was an amateur historian who participated in the Tippecanoe County Historical Association and wrote about Purdue University and Tippecanoe County. James Barany was born in South Bend, Indiana in 1930. He was a professor and an associate head of the School of Industrial engineering at Purdue University. He received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army for two years. Barany received his master's degree in industrial engineering at Purdue University. He received his Ph.D. in 1961. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Purdue University’s School of Engineering a team of professors/staff decided to expand upon Harold T. Amrine’s book, “Industrial Engineering at Purdue University: The Roots & First Thirty Years” and write a comprehensive history of the School of Engineering. This team included James Barany, Shimon Nof, Brenda Zika, Linda Terhune, and Arnold Sweet. The manuscript this committee worked on was never published but James Barany decided to continue to work on the manuscript after the original committee had disbanded. This manuscript is titled, “The First Fifty Years & Beyond: Purdue University’s School of Industrial Engineering.


0.20 Cubic Feet (One half-width letter-size manuscript box)

0.437 Gigabytes

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Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Arnold Sweet, June 19, 2014.

Processing Information

Documents were removed from original folders and binder and placed in acid free folders.



Arnold Sweet collection on James Barany
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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