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Janalyce Rouls papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 499

Scope and Contents

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


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

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.

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


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

11.41 Gigabytes : Three digital files


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


The Janalyce Rouls papers are arranged topically into two series.
  1. Home Economics Extension
  2. Miscellaneous

Physical Access Information

Access to select digital materials is available on-site in the Purdue Archives and Special Collections reading room. Requests to access digital materials must be made at least two days in advance. Please contact Purdue ASC staff for details.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Eva Goble on behalf of Marylou Spaulding, August 21, 2008.

Related Materials

"Rouls, Janalyce," in An Early History of Home Economics (at Purdue University) School of Consumer and Family Sciences -- with list of Interviewees, UA 15, College of Health and Human Sciences records, Series 2, File 3, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.
M 0820, Indiana Extension Homemakers Association Oral History Project, Manuscript and Visual Collections Department, William Henry Smith Memorial Library, Indiana Historical Society.

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 Call No. In218f1964 (IN Coll)

Processing Information

Videocassettes and microcasettes were transferred to digital files by a third party digitization specialist.
Janalyce Rouls papers
Virginia Pleasant
Description rules
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description was first completed 2015-12-03 by Virginia Pleasant.

Revision Statements

  • 2019-10-24: Series were updated to reflect topical arrangement instead of arrangement by format.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States