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Council on the Status of Women records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 49

Scope and Contents

The Council on the Status of Women records (1988-2012; 3.85 cubic feet) document the activities and impact of the Council on the Status of Women at Purdue University.  The collection provides a comprehensive picture of the various activities and causes that Council was involved in during its tenure.  Also included are some news clippings about notable members and relevant stories about women’s rights in the news.  The collection would likely be useful for researchers interested in women’s rights, affirmative action, equality and diversity in the university, women in higher education, advocacy in the university, and prominent women at Purdue University.  Types of materials include: correspondence, papers, minutes, financial records, reports, newsletters and news clippings, handouts, and machine readable media, audio-visual materials, etc.  The records are organized into four series.


  • 1988 -2012


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

Majority of the collection is open for research. One file has been restricted until 2087.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright belongs to Purdue University per deed of gift.

Biographical Information

The Council on the Status of Women was founded at Purdue in 1988 to provide a space for women faculty and staff to network and advocate for women’s rights at the university.  The Council was also instrumental in the founding of the Women’s Resource Center at Purdue.  During the Council’s tenure, they worked for the equal status and rights of women and other minorities at Purdue.  They provided input for job searches for positions related to these goals and for the development of the Women’s Resource Center and Office for Diversity.  In addition to the many programs and presentations they sponsored, the Council also sponsored a mentorship program for junior faculty and several important studies and reports.  These studies included several reports on the overall status of women at Purdue, work and family reports, and flexible scheduling and work-life balance studies.  They also advocated on behalf of Myra Mason and her Lilly Report on Diversity.  In addition, the Council played an important role in facilitating the change of university policies on birth control, same sex partnerships and benefits, child and elder care, and work-life balance related benefits.  The group is perhaps best known, however, for its institution of and sponsorship of the Violet Haas Award, which honors an individual (usually a woman) affiliated with the university who has worked for women’s rights.  The Violet Haas Award continues as a legacy of the Council in spite of the group’s dissolution in 2011.


3.318 Cubic Feet (Nine letter-size full-width manuscript boxes, two oversize folders, one print drop-front box, one legal-size folder)


The collection includes meeting minutes, correspondence, handouts, newspaper clippings, and electronic media that document the Council on the Status of Women and its activities.


Four series
  1. Administrative (1988-2011)
  2. Activities (1988-2011)
  3. Violet Haas Award (1991-2011)
  4. Other Media (1988-2011)

Technical Access Information

Computer disks and recordings must be migrated to a digital format before use. Contact Purdue University Archives and Special Collections if interested in using this material.

Acquisition Information

Materials donated by Judith Ware and Joan Marshall on June 7, 2013.

Additional materials belonging to the Council on the Status of Women were found in the College of Liberal Arts records accession in May, 2019. These items were integrated into the collection.


No further additions to the collection are expected.

Related Materials

MSP 97 Women's Club records

Processing Information

Whenever possible, original order of the materials has been retained.  Excess duplicates, receipts, and mailing lists have been removed.  All materials have been placed in archival housing.  All newsprint has been photocopied and in most cases original newspaper clippings have been discarded. Some clippings containing images of people or color graphics, or front pages of newspapers, have been preserved for display purposes, with photocopies made available for research. Oversized maps, blueprints, diagrams, certificates, and other printed material [OVS]; photographs; and artifacts have been separated and grouped into individual series for preservation purposes.
Council on the Status of Women records
Under Revision
Virginia Pleasant
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Edition statement
Third edition. Collection description was first completed February 26, 2015.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States