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Marylu McEwen papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 102

Scope and Contents

The Marylu McEwen papers document the personal and professional life of Marylu McEwen, from her time as a student at Purdue University from 1964-1968 through her long career in higher education. A large portion of the collection depicts her relationships with the Deans of Women and Deans of Students at Purdue University from her time as a student in the 1960s into adulthood and retirement. Types of materials include correspondence, clippings, photographs, speeches, and articles.


  • 1964-2014
  • Other: Date acquired: 09/12/2011


Access Information

The collection is open for research use.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright transferred to Purdue as per deed of gift. Copyright held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Marylu McEwen is a prominent scholar in student development theory, working specifically in theories of student development for students of color. She also focuses on multiculturalism in student affairs and higher education. These research and teaching foci developed from an early emphasis on women’s issues and development in graduate school that later expanded to focus more broadly on diversity, multiculturalism and social justice. McEwen is currently an Associate Professor Emerita in the College of Education at the University of Maryland at College Park where she spent twenty-one years in the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services. Prior to her tenure at the University of Maryland, McEwen was a member of the faculty at Auburn University in the Counselor Education Program for twelve years. McEwen earned both her Bachelor of Science (mathematics) and her doctorate (Counseling and Personnel Services) from Purdue University, in addition to her M.S.Ed. from Indiana University (College Student Personnel Administration). While finishing her PhD, McEwen worked as an intern in the Office of the Dean of Women at Purdue. Upon receiving her doctorate in 1972, McEwen completed a two year term as the Assistant Dean of Women there. In addition to many publications and presentations over the course of her career, McEwen has placed an emphasis on the importance of mentorship and guidance of her students. She has also remained highly active in her field by maintaining membership in numerous professional organizations and honor societies, as well as accepting leadership positions in service to the university and professional associations.


1.75 Cubic Feet (1.75 cubic foot boxes, three letter-size manuscript boxes, one half-width legal-size manuscript box, eleven folders) : Includes one cord skirt

1.00 Gigabytes

Language of Materials



Typescripts, manuscripts, and published information pertaining to Marylu McEwen and her relationship with the Deans of Women at Purdue University.


Arranged by type or topic in 11 folders + cord skirt.
  1. Cord skirt, 1968
  2. Student Life, 1964-1968
  3. Correspondence, Personal and Professional, 1976-2014
  4. Clippings, 1979-2000
  5. Photographs, 1975-2011
  6. Speeches, 1983-1995
  7. Articles, 1966-1997
  8. Deans of Women documents, 1966-2007
  9. Span Plan documents, 1968

Acquisition Information

Materials donated in installments by Marylu McEwen on December 9, 2011, January 13, 2012, April 23, 2013, May 16, 2013, December 11, 2013, February 17, 2014, August 15, 2014, and March 11, 2015. 

Related Materials

MSK 3, Marylu McEwen Sculpture Dedication materials honoring Betty Nelson, Sandra Monroe, and Linda Ewing, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.

Processing Information

All materials have been rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes. As there were 7 additions to the original collection with related materials, items were sorted based on type or topic and placed in individual folders. These folders were then sorted chronologically, if dates were provided. Staples were removed for preservation purposes.
Marylu McEwen papers
In Progress
Stephanie Schmitz and Sara Pettinger
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description was first completed in 2011.

Revision Statements

  • 2022-09-27: Additions 1-7 added to the resource and collection description updated by Sara Pettinger.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States