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Janalyce Rouls papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 499
The Janalyce Rouls papers document the career of Rouls and her influence on home demonstration work in Indiana and the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association (IEHA). Also documented is Eva Goble’s leadership in home demonstration and cooperative extension efforts. The collection reflects both women’s role in establishing the importance of the domestic sphere and in gaining university support for extension efforts and the creation of academic departments devoted to food, textiles, management, etc. Rouls’ personal life is not represented as well as her professional life. The collection would be useful for researchers interested in the history of home demonstration work and the cooperative extension service for home economics, rural life in Indiana, home economics education, the IEHA, women’s clubs and history, and educational opportunities for early women students at Purdue. Types of materials include: correspondence, clippings, photographs, publications, videocassettes, and artifacts.


  • 1917-2007


Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Purdue University per deed of gift; copyrights of some published items may belong to the respective publishers of the materials, please see an archivist for further details.


0.40 Cubic Feet (one full-width letter size manuscript box)

0.1 Gigabytes (1 m4v file)


The collection contains correspondence, clippings, publications, etc. documenting the career of Janalyce Rouls, a prominent figure in home economics extension work.

Biographical Information

Janalyce Rouls was born in Kokomo, Indiana to S.D. and Ardella Rouls.  She earned a B.S. from Ball State University and an M.S. from Columbia University.  Prior to her work for Purdue, Rouls taught high school home economics.  During this time, she was the home extension agent for Kosciusko County in Northern Indiana in service to the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association.  In 1947, Rouls was appointed the Assistant State Leader of Home Economics, a position she held until 1973 when she retired.  At this post, Rouls was influential in further developing Home economics adult education and growing membership, as well as further developing the role of home economics in Purdue’s cooperative extension service.  Rouls’ service to Purdue, the IEHA, and countless women was honored in 1971 with creation of the Jane Award, named in her honor.  The Jane Award was established to recognize women who contributed to building leadership in others, and was awarded to Rouls in its inaugural year.  Rouls was further honored in 1971-1972 by the establishing of a Janalyce Rouls Year, explicitly devoted by the IEHA to increasing membership and honoring service.  In addition, Rouls was honored by the USDA for her milestones of 20 and 30 years of service.  Upon her retirement in 1973, she was awarded the rank of Emeritus by Purdue.

Note written by Virginia Pleasant


The materials are arranged topically into two series.

Physical Access Information

A digitized copy of the film is available for use in the Archives and Special Collections reading room. Contact Archives for more information.
Technical Access VHS and microcasettes have been transferred to digital files. Please contact an archivist for more information.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Eva Goble on behalf of the family of Janalyce Rouls (transferred to archives by Wendi Ailor, College of Consumer and Family Sciences), on August 21, 2008.

Related Materials

Janalyce Rouls Oral History MSF 3, Eva L. Goble papers MSP 196, Indiana Extension Homemakers records Vermillion Homemakers Home Demonstration Club records Health and Human Sciences Extension Administration records
Related Publications Rouls, Janalyce.  1965. Training Home Economics Program Assistants to Work with Low Income Families. United States: Federal Extension Service.

Separated Materials

The People and the Profession: Selected Memories of Veteran Extension Workers Call No. 630.715073R257p1979 Indiana Extension Homemakers, Inc. Call No. W3691989 (IN Coll) 50 Years Learning and Service: Indiana Home Demonstration Association In218f1964 (IN Coll)
Janalyce Rouls papers
Virginia Pleasant
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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