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Barrett S. Caldwell papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 78

Scope and Contents

This collection originally consisted of one folder containing one article by Barrett Caldwell. Professor Caldwell later donated seventeen cubic feet of materials. The original article was incorporated into this larger collection. The collection now consists of his papers and publications, research files, audio visual materials (including physical, analog, and digital materials), and two artifact items.


  • 1943 - 2012
  • Majority of material found within 1990 - 2008


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Access Information

This collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyrights held by Purdue University or original creators/publishers. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Prof. Barrett S. Caldwell holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor in both Industrial Engineering and Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University. He also serves as the Director of the NASA-funded Indiana Space Grant Consortium. His educational background includes two Bachelor of Science degrees (1985), one in Aeronautics and Astronautics and one in Humanities (Psychology), both from MIT. He earned his Master of Arts (1987) and a PhD (1990) in Social Psychology from the University of California-Davis.

Prof. Caldwell's professional contributions to human performance in extreme and challenging environments date back to the 1980s. His graduate experience includes privacy requirements for the Freedom Space Station design, participation in a 1987 conference on Antarctica and other extreme environment analogues for human performance in long duration space flight, and a 1990 dissertation focused on group dynamics of park rangers in isolated US national park sites.
Sources: The Society for Human Performance in Extreme Environments />

"GROUPER Lab." Purdue Engineering. />


16.745 Cubic Feet


Collection materials are divided into four series: Papers and Publications (1974-2012), Research Files (1943-2011), Audio Visual (1987-2005), and Artifacts.

Technical Access Information

Born digital content has been processed and is open to research. Audio-visual content is not digitized and is currently unviewable. Some of the audio cassttees are digitized and can be access. Contact the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections if interested in using this material.

Separated Materials

*On November 3, 2017, Mary Sego removed this folder to add to the additional 17 c.f. that Barrett Caldwell donated. The lone article can now be found within those papers.

Processing Information

Material has been housed in acid-free folders and boxes.
Barrett S. Caldwell papers
In Progress
Amanda Rumba and Mary A. Sego
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description first completed 2010-11-07 by Mary Sego. On 2017-11-03, Mary Sego removed this folder (original single folder) to add it to the additional 17 cubic feet of material that Barrett Caldwell donated. The lone article can now be found within those papers.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-14: Collection description updated by Amanda Rumba to align with data entry standards.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States